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Colorado Teacher of the Year
Colorado Teacher of the Year: My COVID-19 experience
Colorado's current Teacher of the Year came down with COVID-19 in the spring. She talks about how she recovered from the disease and how she is preparing for the new year.
"My advice to teachers this year is to listen to your district leaders and local health officials. Be safe. Help your students. And wear a mask!" - Hilary Wimmer
Colorado Teachers of the Year offer support during COVID-19
Colorado's current and former Teachers of the Year have advice for their teaching colleagues as they enter this unprecedented change in learning necessary while in-person instruction is suspended in Colorado:
You are not alone, try your best and don't take on too much.
Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in the state. The selected teacher will automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. The national program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Visit the National Teacher of the Year program webpage for more information.
The 2021 application for Colorado Teacher of the Year deadline has been extended. Applications due: Friday, September 11, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Click here for the application and program information.
2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year
Hilary Wimmer, a business teacher at Mountain Range High School in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, was named Colorado's 2020 Teacher of the Year in a surprise ceremony at the high school today.
"I'm honored to present this award to Hilary Wimmer, who inspires a culture of learning in her students that lasts long after graduation," said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. "Mrs. Wimmer is a bridge builder, a connector and a perfect representative of the kind of passionate and dedicated teachers who work tirelessly every day in Colorado. Mrs. Wimmer has helped students become financially literate, upstanding civic leaders and successful in their life's decisions. We are all fortunate to have her as a teacher in our state."
As Teacher of the Year, Wimmer will represent the entire profession in Colorado and be the public face of Colorado's teachers. She will be entered as Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Program competition and will receive many professional development opportunities. Wimmer along with the country's other teachers of the year will be honored at a special ceremony at the White House. Over the summer, Wimmer will get the opportunity to go to NASA's Space Camp for a week. She will also become a member of the Colorado Education Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet.
Wimmer began teaching business in 2004 and was part of the inaugural staff at Mountain Range High School in Westminster in 2006. She leads the largest DECA program in Colorado, and in 2016 she was recognized as the Colorado DECA Advisor of the Year. Wimmer serves as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department chair and business program coordinator for Mountain Range High School and as the CTE content coordinator for the district.
She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in educational counseling from the University of Phoenix. She also received certification in CTE from Colorado State University and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.
Wimmer heads Adams 12's district-wide CTE professional learning teams in curriculum development and was named by the national Next Gen Personal Finance Organization to be one of the Next Gen Change Makers with the goal of ensuring all students leave high school financially literate. In May, she was named Adams 12 Five Star Schools' Certified Employee of the Year and was also named the Colorado Junior Achievement Educator of the year in 2019.
The Colorado Teacher of the Year program's award partners include Denver 7, Colorado Education Association, Colorado Free Masons, Adams State University, University of Northern Colorado and Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Watch Denver7's coverage of the surprise school assembly where Hilary Wimmer, a business teacher at Mountain Range High School in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, was honored with the 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year award.
2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year Award Partners
Teacher of the Year Archives
Recent Teacher of the Year Winners
- Meg Cypress, 2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year
- Christina Randle, 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year
- Sean Wybrant, 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year
- Leticia Ingram, 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year
Veteran Teacher of the Year Winners
Colorado Council of the Network of State Teachers of the Year
The Colorado Council of the Network of State Teachers of the Year (NSTOY) is an organization committed to the preservation and enhancement of the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program. The Council works with the Colorado State Department of Education and other corporate and organizational partners to celebrate teaching excellence through the recognition of educators who have inspired a love for learning in their students, and who have distinguished themselves in the profession. All Colorado State Teachers of the Year, as well as each year's finalists, are invited to participate. For more information for upcoming meetings, as well as how to join, please visit the Colorado Council's website.
For more information on this program, please contact:
Competitive Grants and Awards Supervisor