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2014-2015 Online & Blended Teacher and Counselor Recognition

The Division of Innovation, Choice, and Engagement and the Office of Blended and Online Learning would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals that have gone above and beyond in their service to students enrolled in Colorado's online and blended schools.

The individuals being recognized demonstrated strong evidence of the impact they have had on student achievement and growth in their respective online & blended schools. They truly go above and beyond in their work to make data-driven decisions and to customize the learning experience for each student. They will be recognized at the next State Board Meeting.

Online & Blended School Counselor:

Dale Bonavita, Falcon Virtual Academy



Dale Bonavita has excelled as the sole school counselor at Falcon Virtual Academy (FVA).  Through the tremendous growth, from a school of 100 students to a school population exceeding 500, she balances social emotional needs of the students with the college and career counseling necessary for them to meet their goals.  Her positive impact on student performance relates directly to FVA’s high graduation rate and the number of college scholarships that students at FVA apply for and receive. Dale works closely with students to verify that they are completing credits on time, arranges college visits, advises them on career paths, and the college application process.  As a result of Dale’s encouragement and guidance, the number of student’s going to college has increased by at least 30% over the last few years.  Dale is energetic, enthusiastic and students at FVA know how much she genuinely cares about them and their successes.


Online & Blended Teacher:

Kate Stevens, PSD Global Academy



Kate Stevens, the secondary English teacher at PSD Global Academy, has led students in increasing student growth outcomes in grades 8th through 12th on the TCAP (Transitional Colorado Assessment Program) in Reading and Writing.  Under Kate’s direction, students in 8th grade at PSD Global Academy also outperformed peers in the NWEA-MAPS nationally normed reading assessment.   Kate has created a learning environment that is focused on rigor and high expectations.   She focuses on meeting the individual needs of students by having students take part in customizing their learning.  Kate has also developed and cultivated a student peer mentoring program as she understands that the support students receive from the culture and community of their school is just as important to their ultimate success as any academic intervention.  Kate truly sees the potential in all students and is one of those rare teachers that go beyond the classroom to improve the community.

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