PUEBLO – More than 100 individuals honored eight teachers from throughout Southern Colorado on May 18 as part of the 14th annual teacher celebration sponsored by the Southern Colorado Teacher Education Alliance at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Students 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 from the CSU-Pueblo Teacher Education Program read all letters and chose the eight 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:
Crowley School District RE-1J
Kelly Wise, teacher at Crowley County Elementary School, recognized by Jordyn Wasko
Fremont School District RE-2
Brenda Hadley, Fremont Middle School, recognized by Matt Zotto
Becky Janz, Fremont Middle School, recognized by Haileigh Vanhoutan
La Veta School District RE-2
Kimberley Eldredge, La Veta Elementary School, recognized by Shaylee Andreatta
Pueblo City Schools
Allison Balas, Morton Elementary School, recognized by Morgan Bollacker
James Cain, Morton Elementary School, recognized by Giana Valdez
Anthony Valdez, Park View Elementary School, recognized by Damien Quintana
Sheryl Stockmal, retired elementary teacher, recognized by Elijah Guerrero