High Altitude Society: Evening of Stars recognizes Eagle County teachers

Special to the Daily/Betty Ann Woodland

The Education Foundation of Eagle County (EFEC) held an awards ceremony to recognize the many top educators in the Eagle County School District at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Saturday evening. The event’s masters of ceremonies were Martha Brassel and Erik Williams, who both did a fabulous job of making the festivities humorous and entertaining. Chosen students presented the awards for Outstanding Teacher from their school. There were many moments when the heartfelt bond between teacher and students brought tears to eyes in the crowd. Even MC Williams said, “I didn’t know this would be so emotional.”

The Youth Foundation’s Susie Davis presented the Rookie of the Year Award to Haley Conroy of June Creek Elementary School and read a colleagues’ comments about her stating that “she embodies the characteristics it takes to be a highly effective teacher and one that seems like a veteran teacher … and is a natural at understanding the many different dynamics within a classroom.”

Two former students of Tracy Teetaert stopped by the Vilar Center en route to their prom to present her with the 2013 Outstanding Teacher Award for Homestake Peak School.

“We were told that this evening is like a prom for teachers so, here is your corsage,” and they presented Teetaert with flowers stating. “Thanks for being our teacher back then. We know that you are making an impact for your current students today because look at how great we turned out,” followed by more applause and laughter.

Congratulations goes out to all the many nominees and the Outstanding Teachers for the 19th Annual Evening of Stars. Event Chair Dana Maurer thanked all her volunteers and generous sponsors including The Youth Foundation and the Eagle River Youth Coalition. EFEC thanked retiring teachers Judith Caliguiri, Kevin Kottenstette, Jacqueline Flyr and Christine Mayhew and many more veteran teachers for their years of service to the children of the Eagle County Schools. To learn more about EFEC’s mission visit

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Mark your calendars for Project Funway, which takes place May 19 at the Donovan Pavilion and is a fundraiser for EFEC. Visit to learn about entering your clothing designs for a fashion runway show or just show up and enjoy the creativity and fun while supporting a great cause.

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