Kathy Thirkell, 2015 Teacher of the Year
Kathy Thirkell was named the 2015 Colorado Teacher of the Year by State Education Commissioner Robert Hammond at an assembly held at Thirkell's school on Oct. 13, 2014. Thirkell is a math teacher at Lewis Palmer High School in Lewis Palmer School District 38.
Thirkell was selected for the honor based on her depth of experience, passion and expertise from her 33 years as a math teacher. She demonstrates excellence in all levels: she has an outstanding rapport with her students, colleagues, parents and administrators, while also contributing to the field at the national level. She constantly strives to perfect her craft, and her impact on the community is immeasurable.
Thirkell is a career teacher, having spent her entire 34 year tenure at Lewis-Palmer High School. She remains as passionate about teaching today as when she first began. Her classroom is a true mathematical playground where students learn quickly that they will work harder than they ever have, make greater gains than they ever have, and learn and appreciate a new way to communicate about the world around them through mathematics.
As the new Teacher of the Year, Thirkell will get 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. Adams State College, SMART Technologies, Colorado Free Masons and Blue Bell Ice Cream provided sponsorship for the award.
Kathy Thirkell can be reached at:
Lewis Palmer High School
Lewis Palmer School District
1300 Higby Road
Monument, CO 80132
2015 Colorado Teacher of the Year, Kathy Thirkell with President Obama
2015 Colorado Teacher of the Year, Kathy Thirkell
2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced
Three Colorado educators have been chosen to proceed to the final round of the Teacher of the Year selection process. The 2016 Teacher of the Year will be announced in late October 2015 and is chosen by a committee composed of a variety of individuals from the education community. The recipient becomes the Colorado nominee for National Teacher of the Year honors and serves as a teaching ambassador to communities and organizations around the state and nation. Please click here for photos and short bios for the three finalists.
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 application window for the 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year closed in May 2015. Applications for 2017 will be posted in Spring of 2016. Please see below for the 2016 application materials.
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For more information on this program, please contact:
Colorado Teacher of the Year Program
Colorado Department of Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1450
Denver, CO 80202-5149
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