Bear Creek HS teacher among Teacher of the Year candidates

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Posted 9/11/18

The Colorado Department of Education has announced six finalists for the 2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year competition with the sole finalist to be announced by Nov. 1. Bear Creek High School teacher …

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Bear Creek HS teacher among Teacher of the Year candidates

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The Colorado Department of Education has announced six finalists for the 2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year competition with the sole finalist to be announced by Nov. 1.

Bear Creek High School teacher Kelly Cvanciger is among the six finalists.

“Kelly is a phenomenal teacher,” said Bear Creek Principal Lynn Torr. “I’ve been able to see her in action for many years. She’s been a great program builder though mock trial and the National History Day Program. She finds ways to engage kids in real authentic work and I think that is why kids enjoy her classes so much.”

The Colorado Teacher of the Year program annually acknowledges an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in Colorado. The Colorado Teacher of the Year automatically becomes Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. The winner of the national competition will be named in April, 2019.

“Colorado values the commitment and dedication of all of the state’s educators who every day make a difference in the lives of children,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “These six finalists are all innovative leaders in their school communities and compassionate and inspiring educators in their classrooms. Any one of them would be an excellent ambassador for the teaching profession.”

The 2019 finalists for Colorado Teacher of the Year are:

Kelly Cvanciger (Bear Creek High School, Jefferson County)
Cvanciger has taught several subjects at Bear Creek since 2002, including AP world history, AP government and politics, U.S. government, geography, world history, mock trial, French I and II and National History Day. Cvanciger is a question leader for the College Board Advanced Placement World History leadership team and is the regional coordinator for the Greater Denver Metro National History Day contest. She advocates for vulnerable student populations including students with disabilities, mental health issues and family hardships in an effort to address the needs of the whole child. 

Margaret Cypress (Bradley International School, Denver Public Schools)
Cypress has taught in DPS since 2003 and was hired to be the reading specialist at Bradley Elementary School. She was part of a staff that brought the International Baccalaureate Program’s Primary Years Programme to Bradley. Cypress also has organized family events at the school, such as Math Night, Cardboard Challenge and Science Night at Bradley. In addition, she started a summer camp with more than 150 students to raise money for science supplies.

Katie Goldsberry (Longmont Estates Elementary, St. Vrain Valley School District)
Goldsberry – known as “Mrs. G” – prides herself on establishing positive relationships and classroom community above all else.

Amy Jones (Sunset Elementary, Moffat County RE-1)
Jones has taught kindergarten in Craig for nine years. A love of literacy and authentic learning inspires her to develop projects that bridge the community and the rest of the world to her young learners.

Nathan Pearsall (Vista Ridge High School, District 49)
Pearsall teaches AP U.S. history, critical thinking and is implementing a gifted and talented program at Vista Ridge High School. Additionally, he has been an instructional coach, department chair, student council adviser, and coach of both soccer and track.

Nellie Thomson (West Grand School, West Grand School District)
Thomson teaches third grade and is passionate about motivating individuals to become lifelong learners and successful adults.

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