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Education Foundation of Bloomington

Prodigy Awards


The Education Foundation of Bloomington’s Prodigy Awards recognizes superb teamwork that improves the educational environment within Bloomington Public Schools. Nominations are submitted every year to recognize groups of colleagues that demonstrate outstanding teamwork in the following categories:


• Superb Administrative Teamwork (administrator and support staff) of schools and the District office. 

• Superb Staff Teamwork (all other non-administrative staff) may also include parents, students or community members as part of the group or from the District office.


Prodigy Award Purpose and Eligibility

The purpose of Prodigy Awards is to recognize team efforts in creating a positive and safe learning environment for students and staff.


• EFB encourages staff to become connected to one another. The more we care about each other, the more our environment improves. Staff is more likely to contribute in the workplace and students will benefit from the caring environment.


• EFB values the “Super Team” concept over individual staff recognition, and wishes to acknowledge staff who create a “super classroom” or “work environment” for staff and students. Please include ALL members of the team/department in entry submissions. No team member should be excluded in the nomination.






Prodigy Award Recipients

The Oak Grove Elementary School administrative team is Principal Brian Cline, Donna Dupre and Alli Burrows. The team was nominated by an Oak Grove parent who said the team does an outstanding job communicating with parents, students and staff, and working with students with diverse needs and abilities.


The Transportation Office team includes Victoria Arroyo, Patrick Dragonite, Laura Eastridge, Shannon Fabick, Debby Gallup-Bergem, Lisa Grimit, Cheryl Larson and Ann Marie Terpstra. Bloomington Public Schools transports 7,000 students each day in addition to sports teams, field trips and various other student groups. The office staff is responsible for bus routing, daily driver assignments, vehicle tracking, and communicating with schools and district offices. The team works with students, families and bus drivers to make sure each student’s ride is safe and pleasant. 


The fifth grade flexible math team at Poplar Bridge is Matt Marohn, Colleen Gunkel and Kelsey Maynard. The team designed a curriculum that gives students the flexibility to self-pace through the state math standards and makes learning more culturally relevant for the diverse student population. Results of a district matched-sample data study showed that students in the flex math program out-performed the matched sample by 39 percent.

2019 Prodigy Award Nomination Form — Due May 31st by 4:00 P.M.

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