DENVER – May 25, 2010 For the fourth year, the Qwest Foundation is helping a group of Colorado teachers overcome budget restraints and bring forward-thinking technology-based programs to their students that will impact more than 8,700 Colorado students.

Earlier this year, the Qwest Foundation announced that Colorado teachers can apply for a share of $150,000 in grants to fund technology-related classroom projects for the 2010-2011 school year. Now, together with the Public Education & Business Coalition, the Qwest Foundation has named 33 Colorado teachers as recipients of the 2010 Teachers & Technology grants – six of which are in Western Colorado.  



·         The Qwest Teachers & Technology grant program has named and will award grants to 6 Western Colorado teachers who put today’s technology to use for their students.

·         gt;The Qwest Teachers & Technology grants were awarded to teachers after a competitive process administered by the Public Education & Business Coalition.

·         Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers with ideas about how to use technology in the classroom to engage students, enhance student performance and prepare the students for life in a technologically advanced world were eligible to apply.

·         The recipients of the 2010 Teachers & Technology grants in western Colorado are:

o        Ben Bohmfalk of Roaring Fork High School (Roaring Fork School District RE-1)

o        Andrew Torfin of Mount Garfield Middle School (Mesa County School District #11)

o        Debbie Yeager of Ridgeview Elementary School (Moffat County School District RE-1)

o        Susan Reisman of Lincoln Elementary School (Delta Joint School District 50-J)

o        Walter Duhaime of Escalante Middle School (Durango School District R-9)

o        Cynthia Jamison-Gay of Steamboat Springs High School (Steamboat Springs RE-2)

·         For a list of all the winners throughout Colorado and a description of their projects, visit

·         For more information about the program, visit The funds may be used to purchase supplies or to support professional development needs; funds may not be used to pay salaries or stipends.


Chuck Ward, Qwest president of Colorado

“It’s more important than ever to cultivate our students into future leaders, and being comfortable with new technology is critical. The Qwest Foundation thanks all of the applicants and congratulates these dedicated teachers for their innovative and forward-thinking programs.”



·      t;/span>Learn more about the Qwest Teachers & Technology grant program at

·         For a list of eligible districts, visit:

·         See photos of past winners on Facebook.

·         Learn more about the PEBC at

About the Qwest Foundation

The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.


About the Public Education & Business Coalition

Public Education & Business Coalition is a Colorado-based nonprofit partnership of business and education leaders whose mission is to cultivate excellence in public schools so all students succeed in learning and in life. The 27-year-old nonprofit provides customized, site-based professional development for educators, and hosts, an education-focused news and opinion Web site. 




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