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Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet

Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet

The Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet is a new opportunity for Colorado teachers to share their hands-on classroom knowledge. This advisory group is made up of 20 practicing teachers from around the state representing small, medium, large, rural, suburban and urban school systems.

Teacher Cabinet Members:

  • Serve as a sounding board for the implementation of state education policy.
  • Brainstorm solutions for some of the challenges facing today’s educators, such as raising achievement among all students, supporting low-performing schools and increasing the number of individuals joining the teaching profession.

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Selected educators serve two years on the cabinet beginning in August 2017. The Colorado Teacher of the Year has an automatic spot on the cabinet.

2017 Teacher Cabinet Members

Justin Bankey – Music Teacher, 17 Years

Cactus Valley Elementary, Garfield School District RE-2

Nathan Pearsall – Social Studies Teacher, 10 Years

Vista Ridge High School, Falcon School District 49

Lisa Bejarano – Mathematics Teacher, 13 Years Aspen Valley High School, Academy School District 20

Denise Perritt – English Teacher, 32 Years

Paradox Valley Charter School (Charter), West End School District RE-2

Carla Cariño – Social Studies Teacher, 18 Years

North High School, Denver Public Schools

Cynthia Rimmer – Elementary Teacher, 18 Years

Fraser Valley Elementary, East Grand School District 2

Ashley Farris – AP Language and Composition Teacher, 9 Years

KIPP Denver Collegiate High School (Charter), Denver Public Schools

Allison Sampish – Elementary Teacher, 10 Years

Fall River Elementary, St. Vrain Valley School District

Andrew Guinn – Mathematics Teacher, 5 Years

Pagosa Springs Middle School, Archuleta School District 50JT

Kelly Jo Smith – English and Drama Teacher, 32 Years

La Junta Jr/Sr High School, East Otero School District R-1

Dan Haught – Speech-Language Pathologist, 4 Years

Mesa Elementary/Westminster Academy for International Studies – Westminster Public Schools

Kevin Vaughn – Elementary Teacher, 21 Years

Dolores Elementary, Dolores School District RE-4A

Terry Highfield – Elementary Teacher, 19 Years

S. Christa McAuliffe STEM Academy, Greeley-Evans School District 6

Shannon Wachowski – Science and Mathematics Teacher, 11 Years

Platte Valley High School, Platte Valley School District RE-7

Laura Keathley – Special Education Teacher, 29 Years

Avery-Parsons Elementary, Buena Vista School District R-31

Sheri White – Elementary Resource Teacher, 20 Years

HOPE Online Learning Academy (Charter/Online), Douglas County School District RE-1

Valerie Lovato – Elementary Teacher, 8 Years

Eagleton Elementary, Denver Public Schools

Megan Witucki – Elementary Teacher, 7 Years

Compass Montessori - Wheat Ridge Campus (Charter), Jefferson County School District R-1

Jocelyn Nguyen-Reed – Mathematics Teacher, 7 Years

Cherry Creek High School, Cherry Creek School District 5

Sean Wybrant (2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year) – Career and Technical Education Teacher, 11 Years

Palmer High School, Colorado Springs School District 11


View Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet 2017 Member list (PDF)

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