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Posted: February 11, 2020

Foundation Announces 2020 Best In Class Nominees

Each year the APS Education Foundation recognizes three grantees who have made an impact in student achievement through innovative programs

The APS Education Foundation is proud to announce the three nominees for its annual Best In Class recognition.

Each year, the Foundation highlights three outstanding projects or programs that received Foundation funding and made an impact on student achievement through innovation.  The goal is to spread best practices in education and grow successful programs so that more students have access to educational opportunities that provide new experiences and opportunities.

The three nominees were chosen by the Disbursement Committee of the APS Education Foundation’s Board of Directors.  “As Chair of the Disbursement Committee, I’m honored to be a part of the team that gets to review the many grant requests the APS Education Foundation receives from across the district. It’s an incredibly difficult job to review so many deserving applications and narrow our selections down to a handful of recipients. The three Best in Class nominees for 2020 blew us away with their ingenuity and creative approach to support our students in language equity and student enrichment,” states Katrina Wagner of Sandia National Laboratories.

The community has the opportunity to vote online for their favorite project or program beginning on April 1, 2020 on the APS Education Foundation’s website.  The winner will be announced at the Foundation’s signature fundraising and recognition event, Gold Bar 2020 on April 17th at Sandia Resort & Casino.  The winner will receive $15,000 in funding to grow their program, second place will receive $10,000, and third place will receive $5,000.

The nominees are:

Adobe Acres Elementary School for “Celebrando Cultura con Literatura:  Celebrating Culture Through Literature”

Highland High School for “Guided Reading for Beginning Readers in High School”

APS Special Education Department for “The Three Es – Enjoyment, Engagement and Enthusiasm – and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model for All Students”

Program summaries are now available online so the community can learn more before voting.  Each program identified student needs and worked to create equitable educational opportunities that tapped the strengths of educators, students and entire communities.  All three programs have grown to reach more students and have the potential to grow even further and serve as best practices for schools across the district and state. 

The 2018 Best In Class winner, Christy Snell of E.G. Ross Elementary serves as this year’s volunteer Best In Class Chair.  “Being asked and working with the APS Education Foundation as the Best In Class Chair has been an honor.  Over the past six months, I have learned just what amazing programs have been funded through the Foundation and more importantly the dedication to student success that pours out of these programs through innovative and caring teachers.  The nominees this year have demonstrated how their individual programs reach students, transform learning and give students a voice and purpose.  I have had the opportunity to see the programs first hand as well as several other amazing programs in APS and I have to say being involved in narrowing it down to three was not easy, but it opened my eyes to some incredible opportunities for students that are heartwarming,” she said. 

Learn more about the Best In Class nominees and Gold Bar 2020 by visiting the APS Education Foundation’s website at