SCHOOLS: OLD SOUTHWEST
By MARGAUX HENQUINET
Grant Elementary School Principal Beverly Borduin was honored at a banquet Thursday, April 14, after being named Outstanding Administrator by the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence, which recognizes outstanding educators in the Columbia Public School district every year.
Borduin, who is retiring at the end of the school year, was one of seven educators honored this year by the fund, which also gives awards such as Outstanding Elementary Educator and Outstanding Middle/Junior High School Educator.
She learned of the honor on Friday, March 25, when she was surprised at Grant by a group of school district administrators, including Superintendent Chris Belcher. Her husband and son were present for the surprise, too.
Borduin received the award after being nominated by several Grant students, parents and staff members.
She has a notebook full of nomination letters, maybe 30 or 40, she guessed, which she called “the biggest treasure of this whole process.” When she got home that afternoon, she did not even take off her coat before sitting down and reading the letters for about two hours.
“It was pretty humbling, but it was very touching to read those letters,” she said.
Borduin said it was an honor to be nominated by the people with whom she works at Grant because they all work together as a team at the school. The award for excellence is “not because of me, it’s because of the work we do together,” she said. “I’m surrounded by outstanding people.”
The honor also comes with an engraved silver tray and a $1,200 cash award. Borduin will be giving some of the award money back to Grant and its students, putting up to $1,000 of it toward her alumni challenge for the Grant Memories campaign.
Read more about this year’s Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence awards at the Columbia Missourian.