The Hall of Excellence Inductees for 2018 were announced and honored Thursday, April 5 at the Induction Ceremony. District employees and community members came together to honor these individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to uphold the mission and tradition of Academy District 20. The inductees are former district employees: Dr. Heidi Pace, Chris Palmer, and Laurie Uddenberg.
This year’s inductees stood out for their contributions in bringing research based instruction, developing a new version of Advanced Placement, and volunteering thousands of hours, helping pass the largest bond issue in the history of the district. Each Inductee recognized during the Induction Ceremony will have their name engraved on a plaque which will be added to the Hall of Excellence. Read more about their outstanding contributions to Academy District 20.
Dr. Heidi Pace
Dr. Heidi Pace served Academy District 20 as a teacher, principal, Executive Director for Learning Services and Deputy Superintendent. Although Heidi retired from the district more than six years ago, her legacy lives on.
An avid consumer of educational research, Heidi was instrumental in bringing research based instructional and administrative practices to the district. Heidi recreated the way accreditation was measured via the External Review process and her innovation empowered schools to ask good questions and seek expert answers.
Heidi is an outstanding example of an Academy District 20 leader. A champion for all students, her vision is an inspiration for other leaders to be their best for students. A true change agent during a pivotal time in the district’s history, educators and students alike, still benefit from her outstanding work.
Chis Palmer exemplifies the best traits of Academy District 20. Her dedication to teaching, superb levels of professionalism and belief in always doing what is best for students, make her the pinnacle role model for all teachers.
During her tenure with the district, Chris was both an English Language Arts teacher and Chairperson of the Air Academy High School English Department. Although Chris is well known for inspiring students and helping fellow teachers reach their potential, she is also responsible for ensuring the district was at the forefront of the AP movement, developing her own version of Advanced Placement English.
Chris is the example district leaders point toward when training new teachers. Her legacy is one of inspiration, innovation and placing the welfare of Academy District 20 students above all else.
Laurie Uddenberg’s commitment to Academy District 20 truly embodies its core tenet of excellence. She has selflessly volunteered thousands of hours of her time and energy for the betterment of the district’s administration and nearly 26,000 students.
For more than 13 years, she served on 30 volunteer committees, at both the school and district level. Laurie was the co-chair for the “Yes on 3A” Citizens committee, successfully leading the effort to pass the largest bond issue in the history of the district. She has also served on the District Accountability Committee, Capital Improvements Committee and Budget and Accreditation Sub-Committees.
The district’s 2015 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Laurie’s longevity of commitment to the district, breadth of volunteerism, genuine passion and willingness to assume volunteer leadership positions, is creating a legacy and inspiring a new generation of parents.