The League proudly supports all charter school teachers that represent the 262 schools statewide who work every day to create high-quality educational outcomes for their students. The League would like to thank these teachers for their effort, attention, care, and instruction that they provide. To show our appreciation on behalf of teachers we will begin by celebrating one standout teacher each month in various geographical locations across the state. The recognition of teachers will kick off in November.
The Colorado League of Charter Schools is proud to celebrate Erin Wahler-Cleveland as the first recipient of the QCE Teacher Award. We chose Erin from a group of amazing teachers who were in the running for the 2018-19 Charter Hall of Fame – Educator of the Year award. A founding Atlas Preparatory School teacher now in her 11th year at Atlas, Erin has worked with the scholars of Southeast Colorado Springs as an ELA teacher, a math teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Prior to joining Atlas, Erin taught fifth grade for four years as a Teach for America corps member in 2005.
Erin was chosen for her dedication to providing quality and supportive learning environments that motivate her students to achieve success beyond the classroom. The roots of Erin’s leadership ability run deep. She possesses relentless drive towards excellence and has a collaborative and mindful work ethic and a vision that all students can succeed no matter the circumstances.
A founding Atlas teacher, Erin has worked with the scholars of Southeast Colorado Springs as an ELA teacher, a math teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She’s been a teacher for the past 15 years and before joining Atlas she taught 5th grade for four years on the Zuni reservation in Northwestern New Mexico. She entered teaching as a Teach for America corps member in 2005, inspired to work to close the achievement gap after observing the educational inequalities that were so obvious in her college neighborhood. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico. Outside of teaching, Erin enjoys the Colorado outdoors reminiscent of the landscape she grew up with near the Grand Canyon. She is a new mom to a six week old baby girl.
One of the quotes from her nomination:
“Erin possesses both genuine humility and a relentless drive towards excellence. She has a collaborative and mindful work ethic, and a vision that all students can succeed no matter the circumstances. Erin’s history of impact at our institution has had far-reaching positive results. Teachers who have worked with her are more skilled and empathetic, her students have had increasingly higher achievement results, and our school and family community knows we can count on her to help our collective vision become reality.”
Quote from Erin:
“Having the freedom to teach students how they learn best and seeing them thrive in a personalized setting has been incredibly rewarding,” said Ms. Wahler. “Over the past 15 years of my career, I’ve witnessed first hand how important proper student assessment combined with a healthy teacher culture can be for the success of an organization. I truly believe that the team you work with each day is the most important aspect of success and I’m proud to be part of the Atlas team of educators.”
Erin will receive the QCE award and a monetary travel voucher!