Awards

About MEF Awards

The Missoula Education Foundation believes in honoring outstanding educators and students within the Missoula County Public School System.

Educators of the Year

High School Winner

Nominations for the 2021-2022 MCPS High School Educator of the Year will open in the fall. Please check back with this page at that time to nominate an outstanding educator!

Past winners:

  • 2021 – Leon Slater, Hellgate
  • 2020 – Lewis Nelson, Sentinel
  • 2019 – Amy Miller, Big Sky
  • 2018 – Tammi Allison, Sentinel
  • 2017 – Carla Hinman, Hellgate
  • 2016 – Richard Farrar, Big Sky
  • 2015 – Leo Dougherty, Seeley-Swan
  • 2015 – Tom Andres, Big Sky
  • 2014 – Cameron Johnson, Big Sky
  • 2012 – Tracy Stone, Seeley-Swan

Middle School Winner

Nominations for Middle School Educator of the Year have closed. A winning educator will be announced shortly!

Every year, the Missoula Education Foundation’s Student Board meets to select a Middle School Educator of the Year from MCPS. Please nominate a deserving teacher here. All submissions will be reviewed by our Student Board. Parents, students, administrators, and community members may nominate a teacher. Individuals may nominate more than one educator, but not the same educator twice. Nominations will be accepted through February 12th, 2021. 

Past winners:

  • 2022 – Don Griffith, Meadow Hill
  • 2021 – Elizabeth Fessler, Washington
  • 2020 – Molly Norton, Washington
  • 2019 – Chris Whiteman, CS Porter
  • 2018 – Josh Hiday, CS Porter
  • 2017 – Lori Ann Lynch, Washington
  • 2016 – Scott Edge, CS Porter
  • 2015 – Randy Zschaechner, Meadow Hill
  • 2015 – Allison McFarland, CS Porter
  • 2013 – Gregory Imhoff, Washington

Elementary School Winner

Nominations for the Elementary School Educator of the Year 2021-2022 will be open in the Spring of 2022. Please refer back to this page at that time. 

Past winners:

  • 2022 – Sharon Jones, Lewis and Clark Elementary
  • 2021 – Wendy Lofthouse, Missoula Online Academy
  • 2020 – Jon Fines, Jeannette Rankin Elementary
  • 2019 – Kathy Dungan, Lewis and Clark Elementary
  • 2018 – Betsy Sharkey, Lewis and Clark Elementary
  • 2017 – Michelle Salisbury, Cold Springs Elementary (now Jeannette Rankin Elementary)
  • 2016 – Kathy Dungan, Lewis and Clark Elementary
  • 2015 – Molly Kast, Rattlesnake Elementary
  • 2014 – Bryan Barrett-Catton, Lewis and Clark Elementary
  • 2014 – Claudia LaRance, Paxson Elementary

Most Inspiring Student Award

The 12th annual Most Inspiring Student Awards banquet will be taking place in person this year! We are excited to be honoring our student nominees, and look forward to celebrating MCPS students in 6th-12th grades.

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 100 Madison St.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Executive Director, Susan Tower, at [email protected] or by phone at 406-728-2400 x1071.

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