Superintendent Barry Honors Annual Award Winners at Banquet

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Superintendent John L. Barry and APS Board President Matt Cook (top right) honor Annual Award winners (from left) Judy Griswold, Callee Ernest, Jennifer Case, Gail Bengtson, Mary Martinez, Janet Kiyota and Li Ko (winners not pictured include Sandra Smith, Jennifer Thomas and Tammy Strouse).

Superintendent John L. Barry and Board President Matt Cook recognized 10 individuals who make a difference in the lives of APS students. Barry honored eight staff members, a parent and a community/business member with Superintendent Annual Awards on May 1 at the Gateway High School Commons. The winners were chosen from the 2007-08 Superintendent Quarterly Award winners.

Colorado Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien delivered the opening remarks for the ceremony, congratulating the Quarterly Award honorees for their dedication to students. She also praised APS for its bold, new direction to improve academic achievement for all students.

Each Annual Award winner received a recognition plaque and a gift basket of donated items from the Aurora Public Schools Education Foundation.

Carrabba's Italian Grill, with the help of players from the Gateway football team, served dinner to more than 100 people in attendance. The Rangeview choir group entertained the audience with a variety of songs, including a a dance medley of swing tunes.

Superintendent Annual Award Winners 2008

Category Winner Position
Classified Employee, Support Gail Bengtson Department Secretary at Custodial Operations
Classified Employee, Elementary Callee Ernest Technology Educational Assistant, Peoria Elementary School
Classified Employee, Secondary Li Ko Bookkeeper at South Middle School
Licensed Employee, Elementary Sandra Smith 1st Grade Teacher, Aurora Frontier K-8 School
Licensed Employee, Elementary Jennifer Thomas 1st Grade Teacher, Sixth Avenue Elementary School
Licensed Employee, Middle School Jennifer Case 6th Grade Teacher, East Middle School
Licensed Employee, High School/Pickens Tammy Strouse Performing Arts Teacher & Dept. Chair, Rangeview High School
Administrative / Professional / Technical Employee Judy Griswold Principal, Park Lane Elementary School
Parents Mary Martinez Sixth Avenue Elementary School
Community / Business Member Janet Kiyota Business Member