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Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 (Monday)
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Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6 - May 10)



Celebrating Charter School Teachers

We'd like to thank all of Colorado's charter school teachers for the work they do daily to encourage, educate and inspire children. The success and expansion of the charter school sector in Colorado (255 schools serving over 124,000 students) would not be possible without these dedicated and talented teachers. Thank you, teachers!

We are recognizing some of these teachers this week. The League asked for teacher testimonials recognizing teachers that have made a huge difference in the lives of their students. Each of the teachers below were nominated by someone at their charter school. 


Still interested in nominating a teacher? NOMINATE a teacher now. Deadline is Thursday, May 9. 

Thank you for positively impacting your students lives. We appreciate all that you do! One lucky teacher that was nominated, will win a $250 travel voucher. Stay tuned!


Monday, May 6

Ellen Ivy
Free  Horizon Montessori School

"This is my personal recommendation for Ellen Ivy, our FHM Special Education Learning Specialist, whom I have the utmost privilege and honor to work with every day. Besides being a joy to work with, Ellen is a team player, who is able to effectively and professionally manage her position with utmost integrity by completing multiple tasks with favorable results despite deadline pressures. In addition to being an asset to our Learning Resource Team, Ellen has worked hard to build authentic relationships with students, parents and staff. Ellen leads by example and many people here find her enthusiasm and dedication inspiring, encouraging and motivating. 


Ellen is a highly-qualified literacy teacher. She holds a Masters in Reading Leadership, Colorado Teacher License (5-12 Special Education Generalist with a K-12 Reading Teacher Endorsement) and she is an Orton Gillingham certified teacher (Orton-Gillingham is an instructional reading, spelling, and writing program associated with dyslexia). I have seen many examples of her instructional talent and have been impressed by her diligence and work ethic using the Orton-Gillingham reading intervention program. Every day she comes to work ready to use her creative talents to effectively foster student growth and nurture curiosity for content advancement.She is a highly- qualified team player who deserves the opportunity to travel and be able to share her first hand experiences that she talks often about with her students."


Leah-Michael Dillard
Highline Academy Charter School (Southeast campus)

"Leah-Michael exemplifies the personal touch that a charter school teacher brings to the education table. She gets to know students by spending time with them before and after school. She's become such a part of two families' lives, that she even gets their children to their after-school activities. Leah-Michael teaches 7th grade ELA and allows students to be themselves while balancing high expectations and a shame-free environment. This is a tough age for kids. They are learning to navigate being young adults and children at the same time. They still need hugs, to feel okay about having a good cry when they are sad, and advice on navigating new social pressures. Leah-Michael is there every step of the way; putting their education first, and being the shoulder that they need to lean on. Please consider her for this recognition. She's an asset to our community."


Tracy Schramm
Highline Academy (Northeast campus)

"Ms. Schramm is a dedicated teacher. Her students flourish because of the rigor and devotion she leads her class with. Ms. Schramm works hard to push and challenge her students to reach their fullest potential. Her classroom creates a strong academic and social emotional foundation for learners and tools for success in later years."


Amanda Neubert
World Compass Academy

"Mrs. Neubert works tirelessly to build her students confidence in math and to empower them to be the facilitators of their own educational journey. She is an advocate of students assessing the quality of their work and guiding them in using that information to then taking the next actionable steps to grow their math knowledge."


Mrs. Starrett
American Academy Motsenbocker

"She is THE best! She has helped my daughter catch up with the curriculum of course but she has also helped her to use her brave talk and focus on school work. To say my daughter is strong-willed is an understatement. She is very social and tends to get distracted but Ms. Starrett has been great at helping us come up with solutions both at home and in school. They have helped Maddie be a better student and a happier one! So thank you so much to her and her staff!!"



Kirsten Gaskell 
American Academy

"Ms. G (as her students call her) always goes above and beyond. She offers a kind hug or sweet word of encouragement when they need a little boost. She sees the students beyond just the standard. She makes them feel safe, and appreciated. Ms. G is the perfect Kindergarten teacher. She brings learning to life with fun stories, projects, and many other types of strategies. Most importantly, she creates a fun learning atmosphere where the students thrive and love being in her presence."