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2017 Online and Blended Educator Recognition Application

The Choice and Innovation Unit along with the Office of Blended & Online Learning would like to recognize teachers and school counselors in blended and online environments that have gone above and beyond in their service to students enrolled in Colorado’s online and blended schools and programs.  

How to Nominate:

Candidate Eligibility

  • Worked for a Single-District, or Multi-District Online School or Program in Colorado in the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and current school year.
  • Licensed teacher or school counselor

Review Process:

  • The CDE Review Team will utilize the following rubrics to select finalists:

Online/Blended Teacher Recognition Rubric (doc)
Online/Blended School Counselor Rubric (doc)
Online/Blended Self Response Rubric (doc)

  • Finalists will be recognized at the October State Board Meeting.

Submit the completed Application, Self-Response Form and photo of nominee via email to:
Renee Martinez at

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Martinez at or 303-866-6864.

2016 Online and Blended Teacher and School Counselor Recognition Awardees

Mauri Capps, School Counselor, LPS Voyager Online Program

Mauri Capps serves students in grades 6-12 in the Littleton Public School District's Voyager Online program. Mauri connects with students from the moment they start the Voyager Online program. Mauri's sensitivity and compassion for each individual student's situation allows her to connect with students and parents so that they feel safe when accepting her help. She consistently works with a variety of resources to achieve positive outcomes for students. Every year, Mauri holds an annual College and Career day to get students engaged with the process of thinking and planning for post-secondary options. Through Mauri's efforts, the number of students enrolled in concurrent enrollment courses has doubled and student attendance rates have increased. When others think of Mauri, they think of "magic"!

Mauri Capps

Mari Hobkirk, Teacher, Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy

Mari Hobkirk has been with Jeffco's 21st Virtual Academy since its initial creation in 2009. As a secondary science teacher, she builds meaningful and impactful relationships with students through her outgoing personality and genuine care for their academic success. Her attendance rates are among the highest in the school for both online and face to face class time. Mari focuses on providing students with individualized and quick feedback through the creation of individual videos for each student which has resulted in a higher than average pass rate for the Chemistry course she teaches. Mari goes above and beyond and cares deeply for each individual student and the future success of Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy.

Mari Hobkirk

Jill Pellegrini, Teacher, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence

Jill Pellegrini teaches English and Marketing classes to 9th-12th graders at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence in Falcon 49 school district. Jill is an expert in creating projects that challenge students to think deeply and apply knowledge to solve real world problems. By fostering inquiry-based and independent learning activities, she encourages students to "think outside the box" and challenge themselves to engage in a level of complex, abstract thinking. Using real time data, Jill chooses instructional strategies that address gaps in knowledge and skills, ensuring content mastery. Springs Studio's reading and writing scores have been positively impacted by Jill's instructional approach. Jill is an asset to the Springs Studio for Academic Excellence and the teaching profession.

Jill Pellegrini

Kevin Wright, Teacher, Monte Vista Online Academy

Kevin Wright's approach to teaching writing has led to notable gains in student writing skills and an increase in positive views towards writing as a form of expression at Monte Vista Online Academy. Kevin offers multiple, customized pathways towards the same end goals which provide students with a personalized approach. Kevin's on-time course completion rates have risen every year for the past three years and have contributed to fewer students becoming at-risk for delayed graduation or dropping out due to being behind in English credits. Kevin is a dedicated English teacher committed to helping every student succeed, and taking a genuine, active interest in each student.

Kevin Wright

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