2/28/22 – JCEA awards and scholarships for 2022!

All member important dates:

JCEA 2022 Collective Bargaining session #2 – Wednesday, March 2nd @ 4:30pm IN-PERSON and online, RSVP and invite fellow JCEA members with this event link: https://fb.me/e/5rroeoLdW

JCEA 2022 Collective Bargaining session #3 – Thursday, March 10th @ 4:30 pm 2022 IN-PERSON and online. RSVP and invite fellow JCEA members with this event link: https://fb.me/e/4Wp3C3RBO


Every year, JCEA members honor remarkable educators and friends of public education across Jefferson County.  Some awards are intended for individual members while other awards allow for honoring an individual community member who supports public education in Colorado. 

One nomination is all it takes to shine a light on someone you admire who deserves recognition.

Nominations for our 2022 JCEA awards open Tuesday, March 1st 2022.

To learn more or to nominate someone you know is a doing outstanding work for our profession CLICK HERE!

The Jeffy award

This award honors members for their contributions to the profession through participation in both the Association and their position as an educator.

Nominees must be active JCEA members, contributing to the positive image of educators and maintaining activism and leadership in the Association over at least a five (5) year period. They must also display active leadership through an elected or appointed office in the Association.

The Lion award

The Lion Award honors a JCEA Member who consistently advocates for educator rights and stands up for the schools our students deserve.

They have a passion for human and civil rights of educators and students, and demonstrate a concern for the advancement of education.

The Leilani Tanner award 

Leilani Tanner, a teacher organizer in The Jefferson County Education Association, was a true champion for our students and public education. She passed away on September 27, 2018.

This award honors a JCEA member who embodies what it means to be a grassroots organizer, through the actions they have taken to increase capacity and build coalitions to protect public education.

The Diamond award

This award recognizes an Association member for outstanding service to education through collective bargaining. This person must have extensive involvement in bargaining and contractual advocacy.

The Super Jeffy award

This award honors members for their sustained involvement and participation in JCEA over a period of fifteen years. Nominees must be a previous Jeffey Award winner and must show evidence of continued teacher advocacy and dedication to the teaching profession

JCEA friend of education award

The Friend of Education Award honors an individual who has contributed to and supports public education in Jefferson County. Past recipients include local elected officials and community partners.

The Robert R. Hawkins award

Robert Hawkins, a Jefferson County Education Association Board Member and an educator-advocate in JCEA, was a true champion for our students and all public educators.

Robert fought hard to change inequities, institutional racism, and hiring practices within Jeffco Public Schools. As chair of EMOAT, in November 2020, Robert spearheaded the writing of a historical educator and student of color equity article to be introduced in the proposed educator contract in February 2021. In September 2021 Article 22 was the first Equity and Inclusivity Article to ever be included in a teacher contract in the state of Colorado. Unfortunately, Robert passed away February 21, 2021 and was unable to see his dedication and hard work come to fruition. He will forever be missed by those he impacted as an educator and association leader.

JCEA annually grants an award and honors JCEA members striving to improve, change, educate, and fight for social and racial justice in Jefferson County. This award is intended for educators who are grassroots organizers, lead professional development or education on inequities, anti-racism, and/or actions to fight for social and racial justice for Jeffco educators and students.

Growing the next generation of Jeffco educators

  • Do YOU care about Early Career Educators?
  • Do you want them to feel supported?
  • Do you want to share your institutional and union knowledge?

Ready to help grow the next generation of JCEA activists and leaders?

Apply to be a mentor/teacher leader!

Apply HERE before April 1st, 2022. 


Following the Columbine tragedy in 1999, thousands of dollars poured into the JCEA office. Many of the contributions came from state and local associations, businesses, individual teachers and concerned citizens across the nation.

Often those who wanted to give arrived to us requesting something positive be done for Jeffco teachers in memory of Columbine teacher Dave Sanders.

In August of 1999, the JCEA Board of Directors responded by expanding and refocusing the former JCEA Christa McAuliffe Scholarship Fund, an educator and one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Our scholarship fund became a tax deductible charity (501C3 entity) and was renamed the JCEA Excellence Fund.

Today, the JCEA Excellence Fund is administered by the JCEA Excellence Fund Committee which consists of both Jeffco educators and community members.

JCEA members and members of our broader community help us keep these scholarships alive and funding students educational futures year after year. This year our goal is to raise over $6,000.00 for these scholarships.

Our first ask is that our AR’s and members participate this year in our “day of giving” OR if you don’t want to wait, you can donate and encourage friends and family to donate also anytime HERE.

Please watch for information via email and social media. We encourage all of our members and community supporters to share information about our scholarships on social media, pass out the flyers, and encourage friends and family to donate to this great cause that helps educators, future educators, and JeffCo students.

JCEA Excellence fund scholarships

This annually awarded scholarship goes to a Jefferson County high school senior entering college the following year to pursue a degree in education. Each scholarship granted is for $1000 per year and can be renewed for up to four years totaling $4,000 in funding.

Dave Sanders Quality Teaching Grant

Dave Sanders was a 25 year Columbine teacher and also coached girls basketball and softball. He is credited with saving the lives of hundreds on April 20th, 1999 when tragedy struck and he was killed with twelve students in one of the most shocking school shootings in American history.

Dave’s memory is honored in many different ways across Jeffco, including the annual award of two $500 grants for current Jefferson County educators striving to improve their professional practice.

Sue Anne Berger scholarship, Excellence fund

Sue Anne Berger was a certified chemistry and mathematics teacher in Jeffco. With her passing she established an annual scholarship be awarded to two graduating seniors in the Jeffco District, who intend to study the physical sciences or related fields.

Each scholarship granted starts with a $1,000 and is increased by $1000 each year, up to four years for a potential of $10,000 in funding.

Shermita West, Excellence Fund

Shermita West came to Jeffco in 1969 during the national civil rights movement. She served 30 years in Jeffco supporting students in the classroom and went on to become the first African American woman President of JCEA. Additionally she served on the board of the Jeffco Action Center and as a mentor to Robert Hawkins and the JCEA EMOAT team.

The Shermita West scholarship awards $1,000 per year, for up to four years, totaling $4,000. This fund is dedicated specifically for students of color pursuing a degree in education. In addition this student will receive job interviews in Jeffco Public Schools, a part of our ongoing work to encourage educators of color to join the Jeffco family.

Caucus for collective bargaining rights for ALL

of Colorado’s public employees this year!

Colorado’s Democratic and Republican party caucuses kick off tomorrow – Tuesday, March 1st with many counties having their precinct caucuses on Saturday, March 5th. In order to participate, you must already be registered with the party as of February 11th. Each county gets to decide date, time and location – if meeting in person or virtually – so check for your local caucus details here:


Republican Party https://caucus.cologop.org/

In addition to trying to be selected/elected as a precinct committee person (PCP), please ask to add the following statement or “plank” to your party’s platform:

The Colorado [Democratic/Republican] State Party supports public workers at all levels of government. They deserve the right to choose to join a union and collectively bargain if supported by a majority of workers.
(33 words total)

Here is a link to Caucus materials, including sample copies of the plank to print, cut and share with attendees for simplicity: https://bit.ly/2022-CO-caucus

Please make sure you bring the right copy for your chosen political party.