The Missoula Education Foundation believes in the value of educational opportunities that extend beyond the classroom walls. We also believe students are vital beneficiaries of and stakeholders in MEF’s mission.Taking action on our belief we established the MEF Student Board in January 2012. MEF invited two students from each MCPS High School to serve on the newly established MEF Student Board. Initially, this board developed a process and set criteria for selecting and honoring an exceptional high school teacher. Since then, the MEF Student Board has awarded exceptional teacher awards at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
The 2016-17 MEF Student Board members are Danielle Buchanan, president, Big Sky; Kiana Malloy, Vice President, Big Sky; Annika Charlson, Secretary, Hellgate; Gabby Sexton, Seeley Lake; Dylan Haggart, Sentinel; Sydnee Nowlen, Sentinel; Paige Lund, Sentinel; and Martina Rowley, Willard. In the fall of 2015, Tom Andres (Big Sky High School) and Leo Dougherty (Seeley Swan High School) were awarded Exceptional Teacher awards by the Student Board. Each teacher received a plaque and a $250 gift certificate. During the spring semester of 2015, Randy Zschaechner (Meadow Hill Middle School) and All McFarland (CS Porter Middle School) were recognized as were Molly Kast (Rattlesnake Elementary School) and Bryan Barrett-Catton (Lewis & Clark Elementary School). Each of these teachers also received a plaque and a $250 gift certificate.
In their role as MEF student board members, students interact with businesses, the media and the governing board of MEF. MEF is very proud of the exceptional work accomplished by the MEF Student Board.Contributions to the student board fund teacher awards and school improvement projects generated by the student board.