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CCSD's 'Golden Hearts' honored

Students, teachers, staff and community members celebrate during the 2018 Golden Heart Awards Ceremony on May 16.Fourteen people who "give with a golden heart" were honored at the Sixteenth Annual Golden Heart Awards Dinner held May 16 at the Marriott in Lone Tree.

Sponsored by the Cherry Creek School District's Special Education Advisory Committee, the event titled "Ignite the Light" honored people who make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Honorees included students, teachers, coordinators and security guards, all of whom make a profound difference in the lives of students across the district.

"You've unified us. We thank you for that," said Lucia Carruthers of the Special Education Advisory Committee at the outset of the meeting. Kelly Yoder, parent co-chair for SEAC, was also on hand to offer personalized messages of thanks to all of the recipients.

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2018 Golden Heart Awards!

Renee Ellison

ILC Para Educator, Eaglecrest High School

Erik Gustafsson

Sixth-grade student, Fox Ridge Middle School

Taylor Heap

12th-grade student, Cherokee Trail High School

Mallory Kachelries

Fifth-grade student, Fox Hollow Elementary School

Andrea Ketterlin

ILC teacher, Rolling Hills Elementary School

Ann Koenig

SAS Coordinator, Grandview High School

Meggin Mithuen

ILC teacher, Cherokee Trail High School

Jami O'Bryan

Second-grade teacher, Ponderosa Elementary School

J Parente

Security, Fox Ridge Middle School

Savannah Rock

12th-grade student, Grandview High School

Ava Romanow

Fifth-grade student, Black Forest Hills Elementary School

Lisa Wolff

School Psychologist, High Plains Elementary School

In addition to the slate of 12 advertised recipients, the roster of honorees included two "secret" awards, which weren't officially announced until the night of the event. Those awards went to Cam Short-Camilli, Coordinator of Mental Health and Social Work Team Leader for CCSD, and to Dr. Harry Bull, CCSD Superintendent who's retiring at the end of the school year.Students, teachers, staff and community members celebrate during the 2018 Golden Heart Awards Ceremony on May 16.

Bull also spoke at the beginning of the event, highlighting the special nature of the ceremony and its meaning for the district.

"All year, I look forward to this event. It's truly special," Bull said. "You directly impact some of the most important students we have here in the district."

In addition to hosting the Golden Heart Awards Dinner, the Special Education Advisory Committee works to create and strengthen partnerships between parents, Cherry Creek Schools, and community agencies by providing a forum that promotes education, advocacy, networking and collective problem-solving.

SEAC is open to parents, staff, community members and anyone interested in working side-by-side with Cherry Creek Schools to make a difference in the lives of students with special needs.  For more information about SEAC, visit

Congratulations and thank you for all you do!


Posted 5/18/2018 1:28 PM
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