Stephanie Budzban

Stephanie Budzban, a sixth-grade teacher at Country Place Leadership Academy, will receive a 2020 Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence award.

Stephanie Budzban, a sixth-grade teacher at Country Place Leadership Academy, was recently selected as the 2020 Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence.

She was nominated for her creative use of the “A World in Motion” program as an innovative way to help students understand the principles of motion. 

Budzban, along with the other sixth-grade teachers, worked with her students to build gravity cruisers, which are toy cars that do not require batteries or electricity. The project is different because there are no “directions.” 

Students learned what was successful by watching each other, as well as a win for one group was a win for all. 

“When I read my email saying that I was receiving this award, I was shocked and in disbelief. I had to read it over and over to make sure that it was really meant for me. I had no idea that I had even been nominated,” said Budzban.

 As part of the award, she and the school will each receive $6,750. 

Due to the current COVID-19 conditions, an in-person date for an award presentation has not been set yet.

“Mrs. Budzban is very deserving of this award,” Country Place Principal Dr. Michael Cagle said. 

“Her passion, creativity and expertise shine through in every interaction she has with our students. She exemplifies leadership and innovation. She empowers our students to discover their genius and find their voices. She is a true gift to our kids, our school and our community.”

Located in Tolleson, Country Place Leadership Academy is part of the Littleton Elementary School District.

According to a Littleton district announcement, “Students will continue learning remotely and we will be monitoring the metrics weekly. Our next governing board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8.”