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The Sound Collage, Erich Bergen, Michael Cavanaugh, Clint Holmes, and Brumby perform at 2017 Heart of Education Awards with Keynote Speaker Jill Biden at The Smith Center

April 30, 2017 by  

The Sound Collage, Erich Bergen, Michael Cavanaugh, Clint Holmes, and Brumby perform at 2017 Heart of Education Awards with Keynote Speaker Jill Biden
With all finalists treated to an evening of entertainment by a Las Vegas-based A cappella group The Sound Collage, TV star Erich Bergen (best known for his role in hit CBS show Madam Secretary), Michael Cavanaugh (star of Broadway musical Movin’ Out), Las Vegas headliner Clint Holmes, and Las Vegas-bred rock band BrumbyThe Smith Center for the Performing Arts honored 20 Clark County School District (CCSD) educators as the winners of the 2017 Heart of Education Awards, hosted at the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall on Saturday, April 29 (Pictured: The Sound Collage performs at the second annual Heart of Education Awards – Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com)

Erich Bergen hosts the second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Erich Bergen hosts the second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

In its second year, the annual event powered by The Rogers Foundation recognized CCSD educators who have made exceptional efforts for their students and significantly contributed to their education and overall lives. Additionally, four teachers were also awarded with the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s People’s Choice Award.

Myron Martin escorts Dr. Jill Biden offstage at second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Myron Martin escorts Dr. Jill Biden offstage at second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

This year’s Heart of Education Awards recognized more than 900 finalists with a red carpet gala that included surprise keynote speaker Dr. Jill Biden, wife of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and a lifelong educator herself, who raises awareness of education issues across the country.

Dr. Jill Biden praises the 2017 Heart of Education Awards finalists, April 29, 2017

Dr. Jill Biden praises the 2017 Heart of Education Awards finalists, April 29, 2017

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

“During the Obama-Biden administration, I had the opportunity to meet with incredible people from around the world – artists, creators and scientists who change the way we see the world, presidents and monarchs whose decisions changed millions of lives,” Dr. Biden said to the full auditorium. “But when I think about the people who are truly shaping the future, I don’t think about those luminaries or world leaders. I think of a room like this, full of people like you. I think of teachers.”

Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh performs at second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh performs at second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

The event’s 20 award winners each received special recognition with a commemorative Heart of Education medallion and a cash prize of $5,000. Each winner’s respective school also received a $1,000 donation that will benefit a program of the teacher’s choice.

Dr. Jill Biden and The Smith Center executive team at the second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Dr. Jill Biden and The Smith Center executive team at the second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

The 2017 Heart of Education Awards recipients include:

  • Alexandra Matthews, Barbara and Hank Greenspun Junior High School
  • Damon Wahl, Kay Carl Elementary School
  • Deborah Fleischer, Jack Lund Schofield Middle School
  • Demitrio Frausto, William E. Ferron Elementary School
  • Diane Koutsulis, Green Valley High School
  • Erick Ekker, Bob Miller Middle School
  • Hela Naziri, Cheyenne High School
  • Jeffrey Hinton, Advanced Technologies Academy
  • Kathryn Faulkner, Myrtle Tate Elementary School
  • Kelly Kirkbride, Elaine Wynn Elementary School
  • Kimberly Murray, R.E. Tobler Elementary School
  • Kimberly Butterfield, Whitney Elementary School
  • Linda Marie Wise, Rex Bell Elementary School
  • Perryn Hale, Roy W. Martin Middle School
  • Renee Ara, Robert Lunt Elementary School
  • Ruben Perta, Early Childhood Department
  • Ryan Duff, Basic Academy of International Studies
  • Saleutogi Lualemaga, Jerome D. Mack Middle School
  • Sergio Lopez III, Chaparral High School
  • Shannon Sheldon, Southwest Career and Technical Academy
Twenty outstanding educators rewarded at the 2017 Heart of Education Awards at The Smith Center, April 29

Twenty outstanding educators rewarded at the 2017 Heart of Education Awards at The Smith Center, April 29

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal also rewarded four People’s Choice Awards to teachers selected by a public vote, with each recipient receiving $2,500. Recipients included:

  • Albert L. Ocampo, Southwest Career and Technical Academy
  • Bonnie Lamping, Shirley and Bill Wallin Elementary School
  • Jeffrey C. Archibald, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
  • Kristan N. Nigro, Halle Hewetson Elementary School
Las Vegas-bred rock band Brumby performs at second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Las Vegas-bred rock band Brumby performs at second annual Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Produced by The Smith Center’s President and CEO, Myron Martin, the event also featured appearances by Rory Reid, President and COO of The Rogers Foundation, Beverly Rogers, co-founder and Chairman of the Board at The Rogers Foundation and CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. Also presenting was Las Vegas Review-Journal President and Publisher Craig Moon.

Beverly Rogers welcomes guests at 2017 Heart of Education Awards, April 29

Beverly Rogers welcomes guests at 2017 Heart of Education Awards, April 29

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

 

Inspired by a teacher-recognition program held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., The Heart of Education Awards celebrates outstanding teachers from various CCSD schools. The nomination process, which closed on Jan. 31, 2017, invited nominated applicants to share personal accounts of how they positively impacted the needs and education of their students and schools.

Dr. Jill Biden and The Smith Center executive team with the 2017 Heart of Education Awards winners, April 29

Dr. Jill Biden and The Smith Center executive team with the 2017 Heart of Education Awards winners, April 29

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

In addition to The Rogers Foundation, major supporters of the event included The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada State Bank, PRG, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, High Roller Las Vegas, Tenors of Rock, Cirque du Soleil, SeaQuest, Switch and Brooklyn Bowl.

CCSD superintendent Pat Skorkowsky welcomes guests at 2017 Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

CCSD superintendent Pat Skorkowsky welcomes guests at 2017 Heart of Education Awards, April 29, 2017

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Community supporters of the event included NV Energy, Silverton Casino, Findlay Chevrolet, Galleria at Sunset, Stitched, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Pandora, Dignity Health, Western Governors University, MGM Resorts International, South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, AEG LIVE, Ethel M Chocolates, Creel Printing, Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant, Sambalatte and Lightning Bug Candle Company.

Clint Holmes performs at the second annual Heart of Eduation Awards at The Smith Center, April 29, 2017

Clint Holmes performs at the second annual Heart of Eduation Awards at The Smith Center, April 29, 2017

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

For more information about The Heart of Education Awards, please visit TheHeartOfEducation.org.

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