The Colorado League of Charter Schools recently honored eight of the state’s most talented educators and advocates at its annual conference. The Colorado Charter Schools Hall of Fame winners are exceptional leaders designated across eight award categories and the winners are selected by an expert panel of league staff. These individuals were selected based on their excellence in education and advocacy within their school communities.

“Public charter schools in Colorado continue to be recognized for their outstanding performance educating our state’s kids, and the Colorado Charter Schools Hall of Fame winners are a significant part of that success,” said Colorado League of Charter Schools Vice President of Communications Peter Mason. “We honor the impact those eight individuals have had in making charter schools both widely available and able to provide a high-quality experience to Colorado students and families. They have made a meaningful difference for students and families in our state.”

The2021 Colorado Charter Schools Hall of Famewinnersare:

Advocate of the Year: Wisdom Amouzou (Empower Community High School, Aurora)

Charter School Authorizer Award: Jennifer Holladay (Denver Public Schools)

Charter School Educator of the Year: Bentley Ryberg (Jefferson Academy Elementary School, Broomfield)

Charter School Leader of the Year: James Cryan (Rocky Mountain Prep, Denver)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Colin T. Mullaney (The Vanguard School, Colorado Springs)

Lifetime Advocate Award: Joyce Schuck (Parents Challenge, Colorado League of Charter Schools, Colorado Charter School Institute, Colorado Military Academy)

Lifetime Leader of the Year: Teri Aplin (Parker Core Knowledge)

Most Valuable Contributor: Caryn Braddy (Vision Charter Academy, Delta)

Most Valuable Contributor: Caryn Braddy

Caryn is assistant director at Vision Charter Academy in Delta, where she leads all business operations and the homeschool instructional program. She also is half of the two-person team of directors responsible for the overall management of the school. Her management of the school’s finances allowed VCA to stop leasing school district buildings this year and purchase a central building for administrative offices, the resource library, IT department, and support for the large number of families in the homeschool program. Her strong leadership of the program was especially critical this fall when the homeschool enrollment at VCA exploded from 319 to 488 learners as families chose to move from traditional school to homeschool.

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