GARFIELD COUNTY School District #16 


History of the Teacher of the Year program (TOY)
In 2008, GVEF introduced the program to award the excellence of the teachers in Garfield County School District #16. Seeing the success of the program, we were able to expand to 4 teachers the following year 2009. The program recognized the top 4 teacher awards; one to each school as well as the top classified person in the district. The amount of the award consisted of $1,000.00 to each teacher and $1,500.00 to their school. Totaling over $10,000.00 in support. This would not be possible without the generosity in funding received from the community as well as many local business sponsors. 

GARFIELD COUNTY School District #16 

The Teacher of the Year recognition had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Coming back in 2021, we knew that we had to change some things as life had changed and coming together in groups was not something that was a possibility still. Instead, we decided to change the program and make it a recognition of ALL school staff. We asked each school if they would prefer to have a lunch or dinner brought in for them and gave them a choice of 2 or 3 different food establishments in town. The breakfast or lunch, whichever meal was decided upon, per building was delivered compliments of the Educational Foundation. The staff seemed to really enjoy that and moving forward, instead of singling out any one teacher or staff member, we think showing our appreciation of all staff is a better way to celebrate those who support our students every day. The members of the Educational Foundation are planning a "shindig" for the 2022 school year that will show each teacher and staff that they are all teachers of the year!

Check out our Scrapbook to see the recipients from previous years