Grand Junction principal in SEHD’s Executive Leadership program wins outstanding math leader award

Grand Junction principal wins outstanding math leader award

By Megan McNeil |
Posted: Wed 6:46 PM, Sep 20, 2017 |
Updated: Thu 11:57 AM, Sep 21, 2017

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) A Grand Junction principal has been getting A’s in math class–teaching it that is.

Jim Butterfield, Bookcliff Middle School principal, was nominated for the outstanding math leader award, and he won. The Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics awarded him with the honor, but for him, it’s all because of his teachers.

He says their great teaching and innovative thinking are what makes math at Bookcliff fun.

Kim Smith, Math interventionist at Bookcliff Middle School, and the person who nominated Butterfield describes him as a passionate and caring leader who helps wherever he can.

“He is so creative with resources and if there’s something that a teacher or a student needs, we’ll ask and he’ll never tell us no,” Smith said.

“We get kids to come to school, we get them excited about learning, but just the idea that math can be fun and that math can be exciting and that math has connections across their entire academic day is something new,” Butterfield said.

He does make learning as fun an innovative as he can, even if that means doing some handy-work himself. For one classroom, he unscrewed the tops of the desks to make portable lap work stations for kids.

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