Colorado State University – Pueblo honors area educators at annual teacher celebration


Colorado State University – Pueblo honors area educators at annual teacher celebration 

PUEBLO – More than 120 individuals honored 10 teachers from throughout Southern Colorado on May 19 as part of the 13th annual teacher celebration sponsored by the Southern Colorado Teacher Education Alliance at Colorado State University - Pueblo.

Students from grades 5, 8, and 12 in area school districts throughout southern Colorado were encouraged to write a letter about their most inspiring teacher. Hundreds of students from these districts wrote letters recognizing the teachers who have made a difference in their lives.  A selection committee of CSU-Pueblo pre-service teachers read all letters and chose the 10 teachers who were honored. Excerpts from these letters were read at the teacher celebration, and teachers and students received bound volumes of all winning entrees and certificates acknowledging the award.

The honored teachers, the schools where they teach, and the student nominators were: 

Canon City Schools

•Cindy Grooters, teacher at Mountain View Core Knowledge Charter School, recognized by Luci Grooters

•Nick McCarty-Daniels, teacher at Canon City Middle School, recognized by Jonathan Ready

Crowley School District RE-1J

•Lindsay Walter, teacher at Crowley County Elementary, recognized by Angel Montes

•Gundy Allumbaugh, teacher at Crowley County Elementary, recognized by Isaiah Camacho

Lamar School District RE-2

•Misty Hablitzel, teacher at Alta Vista Charter School, recognized by Kaitlin Dunagan 


Pueblo City Schools

•Nichole Chavez, teacher at Eva Baca Elementary School, recognized by Esperanza Rodriguez

•Anthony Valdez, teacher at Eva Baca Elementary School, recognized by Diego Huckabay

Pueblo School District 70

•Maggie DiMatteo, teacher at Rye Elementary School, recognized by Emily Peterson

•Karen Hopkins, teacher at Craver Middle School, recognized by Gloria Sanders

•George Pigg, teacher at Craver Middle School, recognized by Alia Bennett



Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.