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News Release - Bailey teacher named Colorado Teacher of the Year

Oct. 14, 2013

State Education Commissioner Robert Hammond announced today Elizabeth Miner, a physical education teacher at Fitzsimmons Middle School in Platte Canyon School District, as the 2014 Colorado Teacher of the Year.

As the new Teacher of the Year, Miner 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.

The Colorado Legacy Foundation, along with Adams State College, SMART Technologies, Colorado Free Masons and Blue Bell Ice Cream provided sponsorship for the award.

“It is wonderful to have such a talented teacher taking an active role in impacting her students’ lives academically, physically and personally,” said Hammond. “I continue to be impressed with Miner and her ability to make her class accessible to all students regardless of adversity.”

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. 

Rim Watson, principal of Fitzsimmons Middle School describes Miner as “a teacher who advocates for all subject areas knowing her students will not learn complicated math unless they are strong and healthy. She inspires non-athletes to compete and middle school students to take seriously, with an understanding mind, the importance of life-long healthy living.”

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.


For more information, visit the Colorado Teacher of the Year website.

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