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2014 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Miner was named the 2014 Colorado Teacher of the Year by the commissioner of education at an assembly held at Miner's school on Oct. 14, 2013. Miner is a physical education teacher at Fitzsimmons Middle School in Platte Canyon School District.

Miner was selected for the honor based on her vision and ability to effectively represent teaching professionals across Colorado, and her capacity to both inspire students and get results.  She says teaching is not work for her; it is a heart-felt calling. Miner loves coming to school each day and positively impacting her students.

Miner has been a middle school physical education teacher at Fitzsimmons Middle School for seven years, where she focuses on cross-curricular core skill development. She is as aggressive with academics in and out of her class as she is with physical activity and says her greatest love is the daily privilege to guide her students down the right path. Miner enjoys teaching students the skills they need to become successful, self-sufficient, healthy and active adults.

Colo. Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond and Deputy Commisioner Keith Owen, Ph.D., congratulate Elizabeth Miner.

As the Colorado Teacher of the Year, Miner will have the chance to participate in many professional development opportunities through the National Teacher of the Year program and will even get to attend a ceremony at the White House and go to Space Camp for a week. The Colorado Education Initiative, along with Adams State College, SMART Technologies, Colorado Free Masons and Blue Bell Ice Cream provided sponsorship for the award.

Elizabeth Miner can be reached at:

Fitzsimmons Middle School
Platte Canyon School District
57093 US HWY 285
Bailey, CO 80421


Visit Elizabeth's Blog: A Colorado Teacher's Journey


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Colorado Teacher of the Year Application

Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher to represent the entire profession in Colorado. The Colorado Teacher of the Year will automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the ING Foundation and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The 2015 Colorado Teacher of the Year Application is now available. Applications will be due on Friday, May 16, 2014. For additional information and to access the application, please click here.

NEW! Click here for a message from 2014 Teacher of the Year, Elizabeth Miner. 

For more information on this program, please contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Colorado Teacher of the Year Program
Colorado Department of Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1450
Denver, CO 80202-5149
Phone: (303) 866-6813

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