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Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet

Apply for the 2021 Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet

Applications Due Friday, Aug 13 by 11:59pm.


The Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet (CTC) is a group of practicing teachers from around the state that meets on a regular basis with the Colorado Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Katy Anthes and the Colorado Department of Education are accepting applications for eight to 10 alternating seats on Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet.

The goal of the CTC is threefold:

  • To provide a formal opportunity for practicing teachers to ensure policy makers and legislators understand the implications of education policy;
  • To provide suggestions and recommendations for the effective implementation of education policy; and
  • To make policy decisions transparent to teachers. The overarching goal is to bridge the gap between policy and practice.

In addition:

  • The CTC provides feedback and suggestions to the Commissioner of Education and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) on education policy and its implementation. This partnership gives the Commissioner and policy makers a teacher’s insight to the classroom impact of education policies.
  • The CTC members are practicing teachers who interact with students on a daily basis and are impacted by state education policy. They are recognized by their peers and districts as exemplary teaches who have shown strong leadership qualities in the communities
  • CTC members are responsible for gathering feedback from their school communities to share, and to provide clarity of, policy initiatives to their local communities.
  • As long as the cabinet exists, the term for members is two years with alternating two-year terms to ensure there are experienced members each year. Members represent diverse geographic areas, grades levels and content areas as well as diverse communities.
  • The CTC is looking to have a diverse representation across the state and will make selections that enhance geographic representation.
  • The CTC meets at least four times per year – in person and virtual options to meet are available.
  • While no compensation or substitute reimbursement is available to members, as budget allows, CDE makes every effort to reimburse for travel and food costs associated with the in-person Cabinet meetings.
  • Cabinet members receive professional development credit and a certificate and award for being selected to serve on the Commissioner’s Teachers Cabinet.
  • Cabinet members are often offered other opportunities across the state to serve in feedback and advisory roles.

Learn more about the CTC and the process for applying and submitting your application.

About the Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet

The Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet is an 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.

Role of 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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2021 Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet Members

  • Michael Bautista – Career and technical education teacher, Boulder Technical Education Center, Boulder Valley School District
  • Kenneth Benson – Social studies teacher, Niwot High School, St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Linda Donaldson – Mathematics teacher, Skoglund Middle School, Center Consolidated School District 26JT
  • Samantha DuVall – Mathematics teacher, Union Colony Schools, Greeley–Evans School District 6
  • Bonnie Grover – English language arts teacher, Avery Parsons Elementary School, Buena Vista School District
  • Scott Hicks – Social studies teacher, East Grand Middle School, East Grand School District
  • Emily Muellenberg – Social studies teacher, Highlands Ranch High School, Douglas Country School District
  • Gerardo Muñoz (2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year) – Social studies teacher, Denver Center for International Studies, Denver Public Schools
  • Carina Raetz – English as a second language (ESL) teacher, Academy International Elementary School, Academy School District 20
  • Julie Sale – Science, mathematics and social studies teacher, Hope Learning Academy, Douglas County School District
  • Lacey Taschdjian – Mathematics teacher, Adams City Middle School, Adams County School District 14
  • Hilary Wimmer (2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year) – Business, Mountain Range High School, Adams 12 School District


The Colorado Teacher of the Year has an automatic position on the cabinet.

New members will be added to the Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet in late-September 2021. Learn more about the CTC and the process for applying and submitting your application.

View past members of the Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet