Club President Shawn Lewis, left, with Spirit of Rotary Award winners Kelli Doane, Ana Alicia Ramirez and Jacob Cain, with Englewood School Superintendent Joanna Polzin, who also is an Englewood Rotarian
The Rotary Club of Englewood recently bestowed its Spirit of Rotary Awards in the field of education upon three outstanding faculty members in Englewood Schools.
They are Kelli Doane, a paraeducator at Bishop Elementary School; Ana Alicia Ramirez, a school psychologist at Charles Hay World School, and Jacob Cain, culinary arts teacher at Englewood High School.
The awards were presented at a celebratory lunch hosted by the Rotary Club at the Malley Center.
Shawn Lewis, Rotary club president, said, “We were awed by the talents and dedication of our three award recipients. Englewood is fortunate to have these extraordinary people guiding its children.”
Doane has a 16-year history in Englewood Schools. In her nomination, Sheri Spenhoff, principal at Bishop, commended Doane for engaging students through high-quality learning, creating a community of belonging and showing “incredible care.”
Ramirez was cited for always thinking of ways to create an inclusive climate and culture. She is the lead for the special education program at her school, and often attends after-school and evening programs to connect with students’ families.
Cain is a very popular teacher with both students and the wider community. He and his students often provide meals and food for school, staff and community events. Diana Zakhem, Director of Secondary Success, said Cain’s commitment to “exposing students to the culinary industry and then creating opportunities for them to grow in this field is commendable.”
Englewood Rotary, a service club of 23 men and women, is best known for its support of Englewood Schools. This year the club awarded $24,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors at Englewood High and Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice.
The club previously has awarded Spirit of Rotary Awards to leaders in business and nonprofit organizations, as well as to first responders, including police and fire services. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self,” and the Spirit of Rotary awards go to people who exemplify that wisdom.