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Colorado Teacher of the Year

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Each year the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in Colorado. The Colorado Teacher of the Year will automatically become Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with Voya Financial and People to People Ambassador Programs.

Now Accepting 2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year Nominations

Do you know an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 teacher??  Nominate them to apply for the 2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year award!   You can recommend them on the link below.

The 2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year application will be released in the spring of 2018.  

Elementary teacher named 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Christina Randle

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes announced today that Christina Randle, a first-grade teacher at Soaring Eagles Elementary School in Harrison School District No. 2, is the 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year.

As the new Teacher of the Year, Randle will represent the entire teaching profession in Colorado and be the face of all Colorado teachers who are working hard to help students succeed. She will become Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Program competition and will get many professional development opportunities.  The President of the United States will honor Randle at a ceremony with the other state teachers of the year at the White House and she will get to go to NASA’s Space Camp for a week.

Randle was selected for the honor based on her passion for teaching, dedication and collaboration with her peers and commitment to engaging parents in their students’ learning. Building young problem-solvers through equity to ensure a solid academic foundation is what defines her as a teacher. She provides training to her colleagues at Soaring Eagles Elementary, as well as to kindergarten and first-grade teachers in her district, on the implementation of the district’s curriculum.

She goes above and beyond her regular duties by sending pictures, texts and short messages to families, keeping them up to date on their student’s day. She recognizes the special abilities of each of her students and makes a difference in lives.

“Christina Randle embodies Colorado’s commitment to building strong foundations by supporting high-quality early learning,” Anthes said. “Her focus on building skills, such as problem-solving and collaboration, will benefit students through their entire life. In this role, she will be able to share her passion for teaching across the state just like she has in her school and district.”

Adams State University, Colorado Education Association, and Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership provided sponsorship for the award.

Dr. Andre Spencer, superintendent of Harrison School District No. 2, said Randle is an example of what the district stands for. 

“Our district family is excited to have Ms. Randle as the state Teacher of the Year.  She truly exemplifies the epitome of excellence and distinction.  Ms. Randle is an extraordinary example of what our district stands for…character through diversity, challenge, and accomplishment,” Spencer said.

Ms. Randle has been a first-grade teacher in Harrison School District for 14 years and has been at Soaring Eagles Elementary for 10 years. Ms. Randle provides an enthusiastic, nurturing classroom environment that produces confident, respectful learners. Her classroom has been used as a model classroom for visits from schools around the state.

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Colorado Council of the Network of State Teachers of the Year

The Colorado Council of the Network of State Teachers of the Year (NSTOY) is an organization committed to the preservation and enhancement of the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program. The Council works with the Colorado State Department of Education and other corporate and organizational partners to celebrate teaching excellence through the recognition of educators who have inspired a love for learning in their students, and who have distinguished themselves in the profession. All Colorado State Teachers of the Year, as well as each year’s finalists, are invited to participate. For more information for upcoming meetings, as well as how to join, please visit the Colorado Council's website.

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