Horizon High English teacher among Colorado Teacher of the Year finalists

Staff Report
Posted 8/21/17

A Horizon High School teacher who focuses on teaching language skills to English language learners is one of seven finalists for the state Teacher of the Year award.

Amy Rehberg, a 24-year veteran teacher at Adams 12 Five Star School’s Horizon …

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Horizon High English teacher among Colorado Teacher of the Year finalists

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A Horizon High School teacher who focuses on teaching language skills to English language learners is one of seven finalists for the state Teacher of the Year award.

Amy Rehberg, a 24-year veteran teacher at Adams 12 Five Star School’s Horizon High School, is one of the finalists for the award that will be announced in November.

Rehberg has spent the past 11 years as an English language learner teacher, working to collaborate with her fellow teachers, families and support staff to make grade level content curriculum accessible to underperforming students. She is committed to being a champion for her students.

In June, Rehberg was named the Adams 12 Five Star School Certified Educator of the Year and given the Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award.

The Colorado Teacher of the Year program is a statutorily required position to annually acknowledge an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in Colorado.

The Colorado Teacher of the Year automatically becomes Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

This year, 47 teachers applied for the honor across the state, according to a release from the Colorado Department of Education. Of that group, seven were selected s finalists. The department is scheduled to announce the teacher of the year on Nov. 1.

“Colorado values the dedicated teachers from around the state who inspire and motivate our children every day,” said Colorado’s education commissioner Katy Anthes. “The Colorado Teacher of the Year award is just one of many ways we can honor our state’s educators. We look forward to hearing from the seven finalists in the search for the individual who will represent our state’s teaching profession.”

Nominees are judged on their ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities. They are expected to play an active role in the community and to have earned the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues.

The other 2018 finalists for Colorado Teacher of the Year are:

Kathleen Anderson, Strive Prep - Kepner, Denver Public Schools; David Lunn, Liberty Common High School, Poudre School District; Renee Motter, Air Academy High School, Academy School District 20; Wendy Murphy, Woodmen Hills Elementary School, Falcon School District 49; Christina Randle, Soaring Eagles Elementary School, Harrison School District 2; and Wendi Sussman, Strive Prep - Federal, Denver Public Schools.

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