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Envision Announces Annual Envisionary Awards to Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week

Envision Awards Teachers a $1,000 Grant as Recognition for Their Inspiring Work in the Classroom.

April 30, 2015

Vienna, VA - Envision announced today the winners of its nationwide search for the most inspiring teachers. Nominations were sought nationally from students and alumni of Envision programs, asking to hear about their most inspiring teacher. Each nomination showed how each teacher offers their own unique style of motivating and supporting their students.

Through Adopt-a-Classroom, Envision is giving each winner a $1,000 grant to support their teaching efforts. The winners, chosen by a panel of Envision’s education experts, are:

  • Michelle Bellinger, Physics and Engineering Teacher at the Academy of Aerospace & Engineering, Hartford, CT
  • Mike Lemons, Coordinator of the Mass Communications Department at Lewis & Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL
  • David Lorentz, Religious Studies Teacher at St. Ignatius College Prepatory, San Francisco, CA
  • Katherine Peeples, Gifted EducationSpecialist for Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Fredicksburg, VA
  • Tameira Wilson, History Teacher & Academic Coordinator at Aspen High School, Aspen, CO

One student captured the spirit of the Envisionary Awards perfectly by saying, “The activities we participate in challenge us to be better students, listeners, learners, writers, readers, leaders, and overall better people who will be prepared to change the world for the better when we leave school.”

Another quoted Dan Rather who once said, “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’.”

Envision CEO Duncan Young commented, “We are honored to recognize these five extraordinary educators, and to celebrate the difference that all teachers make in the lives of the students they serve. Great teachers inspire, motivate and make a fundamental difference in helping young people find their passion and set a path for their future. These individuals certainly demonstrate these qualities.”

About Envision

Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 500,000 students from more than 145 countries, with academic programs designed to help students develop the leadership and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape. Envision’s family of premiere education programs has set the standard for experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom. For more information, visit or by phone at 703-584-9557.