@RAFT: 3827 Steele Street

Raise a glass and come see what’s UP at RAFT! At Upcycle, RAFT‘s primary fundraising event, we have transformed our 30,000 square-foot teacher resource center into an immersive, interactive environment where you can mess-about and casually mix and mingle with business leaders, philanthropists, and top-notch educatorsDitch the pantyhose and blacktie and come as you are—to experience the power and fun of handson learning. Open bar. Fantastic food by Sage Hospitality restaurants. Live Jazz by Keith Oxman Group. Valet by Jay’s Valet.

2018 Honorees:

Outstanding Impact in Education Award: Ronni McCaffrey & b Frank

Ronni McCaffrey & b Frank have worked together on many educational projects both in London and Denver. They view RAFT as an exemplar of innovative teaching and professional development and have enthusiastically supported RAFT’s expansion and service to Colorado’s teachers.

Ronni began teaching third grade in her hometown, New York City, at the Convent of the Sacred Heart. She completed two masters degrees and doctoral work in educational leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1995, Ronni moved to the American School in London as Head of the Middle School where she met her future wife, b. Together, they made the most of their proximity to Europe and traveled at every opportunity. After they returned to Denver, Ronni served as Graland’s Head of Lower School in 2008 and Head of School from 2009-2017.

Barbara (“b.”) Frank holds master’s degrees in both American history and finance and has over 25 years of experience working in independent and international schools, including Kent Denver, the International University High School in Bushey, England, and the American School in London. b. has also served on the boards of the Women’s Wilderness Institute (Boulder, CO), and The ATL Foundation which provides financial assistance to lesbians in need due to ill health. Additionally, b. is the trustee and administrator of her family’s foundation which supports educational programs empowering youth.

More information about Ronnie and b.

This award is given to Colorado leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to teachers and an ability to unite educators, philanthropists, business and political leaders to improve education for children in Colorado.

John and Carrie Morgridge Volunteer Award: AT&T

AT&T has been a phenomenal RAFT partner and was the impetus behind our largest kit-build ever. Last year, AT&T was planning a day-long training / team-building experience for over a hundred employees around the Rocky Mountain region. Some employees would be attending in person, but others were participating virtually at their out-of-state offices. They asked us if we could include all of the employees in kit builds, and we held our first simultaneous, multi-site kit build with all of the teams, creating enough kits to benefit 21,000 kids that they shared with Boys & Girls Clubs in Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Montana. AT&T also brought RAFT in to speak and host a hands-on activity at a Girls In STEM day, and when they held a golf tournament that leveraged their relationships with their business partners to generate financial support for the community, they designated RAFT as one of the three benefiting organizations. AT&T’s commitment to the community in general, and RAFT in particular, is truly remarkable!

This award goes to a RAFT group that volunteers repeatedly over time; achieves exceptional results; and leverages its relationships to support RAFT beyond the scope of its scheduled service.

Mary Simon Award for Exceptional Teaching: Peder Hansen

Peder Hansen is the Technology STEM Coordinator in Summit County, and splits his time between teaching students and supporting his fellow teachers. We first met Peder when he started coming down to RAFT once a month to purchase materials he was using in pilot MakerSpaces in his district. Now, a few years later, he has helped grow the MakerSpace program from 2 schools to 9 – every school in the district boasts its own MakerSpace area! In addition to his work within the district, he participates in his local BOCES, the Colorado Association of Science Teachers Board, Colorado Education Initiative, Keystone Science School, and Summit Building Program. Thanks to his efforts, all of the students in Summit County are enjoying the educational benefits of design-build challenges!

This award is presented to a RAFT member who exemplifies outstanding teaching of academics and 21st century skills using innovative materials and hands-on learning.

Zack Neumeyer Leading From Within Award: Phyllis Lucas

Phyllis Lucas is the Director of Professional Practice at Qualistar. In Malcolm Gladwell-speak, Phyllis is a connector, and by blending her extensive network, administrative talents, and deep expertise in early childhood education to create high-quality expert collaborations to offer teachers rich professional development opportunities that benefit young children with enhanced and meaningful learning experiences. Phyllis has initiated partnerships with RAFT for a number of professional development opportunities, shared our resources with early childhood teachers, and helped us achieve PDIS certification for our Early Childhood STEM workshop.

This award is presented to an administrator who works collaboratively with teachers and community leaders to implement an innovative educational vision designed to increase student engagement and performance.

Past Honorees

Zack Neumeyer | Pat Hamill | Libby Anschutz | Walter and Christie Isenberg | John and Bridget Grier Family | Steve and Wendy Cohen | RAFT’s Crazy 8

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Upcycle Committee 2018


Master of Ceremonies

Doug Wulf

Past Master of Ceremonies: Mike Johnston


Committee Members

Upcycle Honorary Chairs: John and Susan Gowen