Oct. 4, 2012
Local teacher wins $25,000 surprise award
In a surprise announcement at an all-school assembly, Brown International Academy visual and fine arts teacher Barth Quenzer was presented this afternoon with a $25,000 check from the Milken Family Foundation in recognition of his exceptional work as a model teacher for the state and nation.
The award was presented in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education. Colorado Board of Education Member Jane Goff, Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond and Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Jane Foley were on hand in Denver for the announcement and celebration of Quenzer’s talent and dedication.
“Mr. Quenzer’s work in and out of the classroom inspires us all,” said Hammond. “He’s taken an active role at the state level, helping write the new art standards. He’s a teacher that’s passionate about helping his kids. His attitude and work extend beyond the walls of the classroom into a rich world of color and texture limited only by the imagination.”
Quenzer, a six-year veteran teacher, asks his students to reflect, interpret and communicate their thinking and learning through written artist statements and oral critiques. His students participate in the Urban Arts Fund, a city-sponsored graffiti-prevention program. Through this campaign, students at Brown have shown a 90 percent reduction in graffiti vandalism on the campus of their school’s campus.
“There is something innately inside of him where he knows intuitively what he needs to do in the classroom,” said Fine Arts Coordinator C. Capucine Chapman. “He is great for students because he is always in the moment getting them to learn and grow.”The event was part of the Milken Family Foundation’s 26th annual national notifications tour, honoring more than 40 outstanding educators as 2012 Milken Educator Award recipients. This year brings the collective cash prizes to more than $63 million since the program’s inception.