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FRED Award Winners Represent the Best of WPS

Leona Lawless and Beverly Cloud are the first FRED Award winners of 2020 for their outstanding work in supporting the students of Westminster Public Schools.

The Board of Education honored the two of them at their February 25th meeting where the people who nominated them for the award had a chance to explain why they were so deserving of recognition.

Leona Lawless with the BOE



Leona Lawless, Preschool Teacher, Hodgkins Leadership AcademyNominated by Katlyn Rohrer.

"She always is thinking of others and always puts others before herself. She is a trooper and very talented and definitely is in the right profession!"


Beverly Cloud with BOE


Beverly Cloud, Psychologist, Westminster Academy for International Studies - Nominated by Principals Brenda Martin (Colorado STEM Academy) and Russ Warwick (WAIS).

"During one particularly heavy day at STEM, our mental health interventionist was working with a student in crisis when another pressing situation arose. It was near the end of the day and we knew we needed to get help. We called Bev over from WAIS and she came without question. Bev was here within ten minutes and went right to work so we could all give the students and families the support they needed. She stayed until well past the end of her day to help our kids. She’s pretty amazing."

- Brenda Martin, Principal at Colorado STEM Academy

“She ran over to help STEM out yesterday with two assessments that sounded very serious. Brenda sent me a text saying how helpful Bev was and when I checked in with her today, she was still pretty emotional. Instead of taking a few minutes to collect herself, she went right on working on another task! She’s just a wonderful psyche—never asks for anything, never seeks out praise or the spotlight, consistently delivers and truly cares for people. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people in my life, but she’s definitely in the top ten."

- Russ Warwick, Principal at WAIS

The FRED award is given out quarterly and is named after a Colorado mail carrier profiled in the book “The Fred Factor” written by author Mark Sanborn. The national bestseller details how “Passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.”

In addition to being publicly recognized at the Board of Education meeting, recipients receive a copy of the book “The Fred Factor”, a lapel pin and an engraved trophy.

Families, community members and employees are invited to recognize a WPS employee who provides excellent customer service.

Please send a message to to enter your nomination. Continue to read What’s Up WPS for updates and to see future winners.