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

Congratulations to Jesse Dochnahl, 2023-2024 High School Educator of the Year!

Past winners:

  • 2022 – Milton Zhinin Barreto, Hellgate
  • 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

Nominations for Middle School Educator of the Year are OPEN! You are invited to nominate an outstanding educator in MCPS who you think is above and beyond. Nominations are due by March 15.

Please access the nomination form HERE

Past winners:

  • 2023 – Shawn Schweyen, Meadow Hill
  • 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

Nominations for Elementary School Educator of the Year will open in February.

Past winners:

  • 2023 – Laurel Kress, Jeannette Rankin Elementary
  • 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 Awards

The 13th annual Most Inspiring Student Awards banquet is coming up! We are excited to be honoring our student nominees, and look forward to celebrating MCPS students in 6th-12th grades.

When: Thursday, April 27th, 2023

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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