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News Release - Aurora Teacher Named Title I Distinguished Teacher

Jan. 3, 2011

News Release

Aurora Middle School Teacher Pamela Williamson-Rybolt Named Title I Distinguished Teacher

The Colorado Department of Education is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s Title I Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award is Pamela Williamson-Rybolt, the lead teacher for literacy at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy (Aurora Public Schools). The Colorado Distinguished Title I Teacher award annually recognizes teachers from Title I schools who demonstrate outstanding commitment and excellence in teaching.

Pamela Williamson-Rybolt was nominated for this award by Principal Dale Krueger. She “differentiates instruction in order to accommodate all students, thus ensuring that no child is left behind,” wrote Krueger. “As a Teacher Leader and Title I Literacy Teacher, Pamela has created a classroom culture where choice, voice, and rigor are the hallmarks of instruction,” said Julie Bailey, administrator on special assignment. “Motivated by Pam’s passion for young adult books and opportunities to think and talk about books in student book clubs, students engage in making meaning as the critical core of their reading/writing instruction.”

Pamela has been a teacher for 15 years and is in her eighth year at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy. She serves a diverse population, with a high percentage of students who come from minority backgrounds and who qualify for free/reduced lunch.

“Aurora West College Preparatory School is fortunate to have a teacher of the caliber and quality of Pamela Williamson-Rybolt,” said Patrick Chapman, executive director of the Office of Federal Program Administration at CDE. “Teachers like Pamela not only promote the academic growth of their students, but are school and community leaders. Pamela is an outstanding representative of dedicated teachers across the state.”

Pamela was selected for this award because of her students’ achievement in reading and her strong leadership in the school and the community. In 2009, the median growth percentile in reading for her unsatisfactory and partially-proficient students was 70.5 and 71 percent of her students were on track to catch up. In 2010, the median growth percentile was 80.5 and 64 percent of her students were on track to catch up. Pam is also a coach, providing professional development for teachers and acting as a “whole-school change agent.”

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