Encore Award Nomination Form


This awards program, sponsored by the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, provides the opportunity for students, parents, community members, and business partners to recognize and honor individual teachers at the Pre-K – 12 levels in the St. Vrain Valley School District who exemplify excellence in teaching. By paying tribute to the achievements of teachers who have an extraordinary impact on the achievements of students, the Foundation and the community hope to pay tribute to the accomplishments of all teachers.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations are accepted from students, parents, volunteers and other teachers and staff at the school as well as from community members or the school’s business partners. Nominators can nominate only one teacher per school.

In order to qualify as a nominee, the teacher must currently be a licensed educator in the State of Colorado and employed in a teaching assignment at a St. Vrain Valley School District campus for the current school year. For charter schools, highly qualified teachers are eligible. Both full-time and part-time teachers are eligible.

Both the teacher and the nominator must sign the nomination form indicating that both parties are aware of and agree to the nomination. In the case of an electronic submission, the nominator needs to indicate that the nomination has been reviewed with the teacher as shown on the form. A sentence confirming this for the review panel is required. This step offers the nominator the opportunity to let the teacher know he/she is being nominated and provide some feedback on the excellent job being done.

Award Winners

One teacher from each St. Vrain Valley School will receive Encore recognition. At least two other teachers from each school will be honored as finalists. The Encore Awards are presented annually at the Tribute to Teachers celebration.


For the Recipient

  • $100 for classroom use at the teacher’s discretion
  • Certificate of Recognition for teacher and recognition at the Tribute to Teachers Gala in May
  • Recipient’s Name & School on a plaque displayed in the lobby of the Educational Services Center
  • Certificate of Recognition presented to school for display

For the Finalists

  • Certificate of Recognition and recognition at the Tribute to Teachers Gala in May

Eligible schools

24 Elementary Schools

  • Alpine
  • Black Rock
  • Blue Mountain
  • Burlington
  • Centennial
  • Central
  • Columbine
  • Eagle Crest
  • Erie
  • Fall River
  • Hygiene
  • Indian Peaks
  • Legacy
  • Longmont Estates
  • Lyons
  • Mead
  • Mountain View
  • Niwot
  • Northridge
  • Prairie Ridge
  • Red Hawk
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Sanborn
  • Spark Preschool

6 Charter Schools

  • Aspen Ridge Preparatory
  • Carbon Valley
  • Imagine
  • Flagstaff
  • St. Vrain Community Montessori
  • Twin Peaks

1 Middle/Senior School

  • Lyons

8 Middle Schools

  • Altona
  • Coal Ridge
  • Erie
  • Longs Peak
  • Mead
  • Sunset
  • Trail Ridge
  • Westview

2 K-8 Schools

  • Thunder Valley
  • Timberline PK-8

7 Senior High Schools

  • Erie
  • Frederick
  • Longmont
  • Niwot
  • Mead
  • Silver Creek
  • Skyline

Also includes

  • CDC/Olde Columbine High
  • Main Street School
  • Student Services
  • St. Vrain Global Academy

There are are 3 EASY STEPS to complete a nomination:

  1. Complete Sections A and B (required) and sign the first page of the nomination form.
  2. Complete Section C by answering Questions 1 (required) and Question 2 (optional).
  3. Submit your completed nomination by March 15th. (Thank you for not including additional letters of support.)

How to submit a nomination:

You may submit the completed, signed nomination electronically; through email; or by mail. Incomplete nominations are not eligible.

Nominations must be postmarked or electronically date stamped no later than March 15th. Nominations sent after this date are not eligible.

To submit electronically, fill out the form on this page and click Submit at the end. A confirmation of receipt will be sent to the submitter.

To send via email, download form, complete and send your nomination to: submissions.efsvv@gmail.com

To send it by mail, address it to: Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley Encore Award Nominations P.O. Box 2598 Longmont, CO 80502-2598

Nomination Form Downloads

Need more information? If you have questions or need assistance contact us at efsvv1985@gmail.com or call 720-652-8208.

Thank you for your nomination . . .

The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1985. Our mission is to provide resources and educational opportunities, in partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools and our local communities, to enhance student success and teacher excellence. The Education Foundation directors encourage you to support our programs financially by submitting your tax-deductible donation payable to: Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, P. O. Box 2598, Longmont, CO 80502-2589 or through our website at www.efsvv.org.

Encore Award Nomination Form

  • Section A

  • Educator Information

  • Your Contact Information

  • Type your name
  • Section B

    We encourage the nominators to talk to their nominee to let them know how much their contribution is valued and why. While we understand that many people would like their nomination to be a surprise, those selected for awards have certain obligations and they must be aware of those before agreeing to be nominated.
  • Nominee Agreement and Information

    If selected as a finalist for an Encore Award for my school, I will plan to be a guest at the Tribute to Teachers event on the first Friday of May, which will take place from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. at The Plaza Conference Center in Longmont. If selected as an award winner, the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley and the St. Vrain Valley School District may use my name and photos for publicity. If selected for a Spotlight Award, I agree to sit on the Encore Awards committee next year. Please complete the following, as applicable

  • Type your name
  • Section C

  • Complete a narrative for Question 1 and add additional comments in Question 2. Nominators are encouraged to discuss these questions and statements with the nominee. Responses should be limited to one per page per question.

  • Consider the questions below, and describe in detail why your nominee exemplifies excellence in teaching. These questions should help get you started but are not intended to cover everything you might want to tell us about this teacher. Your narrative should help the selection committee get to know this teacher and how it feels to be in their classroom. Include examples to help them visualize how effective this teacher is. How does this teacher show their passion for teaching in their classroom? How does he/she demonstrate enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject matter being taught? Describe how this teacher is a role model for students. How does this teacher make subjects interesting and relevant to the lives of their students? Describe how this teacher sets reachable goals and motivates each student in meeting them. How does this teacher use such attributes as innovation to keep students engaged? How does this teacher use technology in their classroom? How does this teacher communicate to and collaborate with students and parents?
  • In answering Question 1 you told us a lot about what makes your nominee an excellent teacher. What else makes them stand out from the rest in your opinion? What is important to know about the impact your nominee has outside the classroom? What else do you want to be sure the members of the selection committee know about this teacher?