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Vi Conklin

Vi Conklin

2010 Elementary Teacher of the Year English as a Second Language Northside Elementary School According to Vi, “good teachers are life long learners not because they have to take classes to renew licenses or advance on the pay scale—but because they love learning and applying new knowledge and skills to their practice. Through example and […]

 
Crystal Sabatke-Smith

Crystal Sabatke-Smith

2010 Middle School Teacher of the Year 6th Grade Language Arts Centennial Middle School To Crystal, a good teacher, ” not only is a lender of knowledge, but a teacher is also a model for responsibility, respect, life-long learning, success and positive thinking. I have never wanted to be a good teacher, or even a […]

 
Mike Nadiak

Mike Nadiak

2010 High School Teacher of the Year Science Montrose High School According to Mike, “A good teacher has dedication to high standards and excellence. If a teacher shows this to be important, students will rise to the occasion and strive to do their best. Being on time, prepared, and willing to go the extra mile […]

 
Silas Almgren

Silas Almgren

2009 Teacher of the Year Mathematics Montrose High School “Simply put, I find myself to be the vehicle to help students find and develop a self-perpetuating discipline that will enable them to become successful at any endeavor they choose to pursue. Specifically, I work daily to create an environment where risks in mathematics will be […]

 
William “Bill” Hamm

William “Bill” Hamm

2008 Teacher of the Year Social Studies Olathe High School “It is all about relevancy. My role as a teacher is to draw a circle from where we start today and either move forward or reverse the process to explain the cause and effect relationship that each decision had on how we arrived at the […]

 
John King

John King

2007 Teacher of the Year 1st Grade Teacher Johnson Elementary “Individuals enter the teaching profession for a multitude of reasons. I changed careers in my mid-thirties because I felt that teaching was one of the most creative professions imaginable. It was a way to positively shape a young mind, model a true love of learning […]

 
Jeffra Walters

Jeffra Walters

2006 Teacher of the Year 5th Grade Teacher Northside Elementary “The message I would like to communicate to teachers and the community would be the pride I feel in being a part of the teaching profession and how fortunate I am to be surrounded by colleagues who perform with such a sense of dedication.”

 
Kathy Bowman

Kathy Bowman

2005 Teacher of the Year 3rd Grade Teacher Pomona Elementary The rewards of teaching: “Being able to actually see the “light bulb” go on when a child first learns to read reinforces my passion for teaching. Former students visit me to share their successes in middle school and high school, and to thank me for […]

 
Kathy Heavers

Kathy Heavers

2004 Teacher of the Year Senior Seminar & English Montrose High School “I believe in hands-on, real world, standards-based learning where students are actively involved and see the relevancy. As an educator I strive to help students master the skills they need to be successful, and I relate what they are learning to real life.”

 
Russ Sullivan

Russ Sullivan

2003 Teacher of the Year Mathematics Olathe High School “I see patience as part of my philosophy of teaching as well as a strength. I truly care about my students and how they are doing in my classes.”

 
Bruce Grigsby

Bruce Grigsby

2002 Teacher of the Year English & Humanities Montrose High School “If I have been successful as a teacher, I think it has been in large measure because I value thinking about things more highly than the accumulation of information.”

 
Dirk Johnson

Dirk Johnson

Dirk Johnson, Class of 1993 Dirk was a standout athlete while attending Montrose High School.   Dirk was able to take his academic preparation and work ethic to the University of Northern Colorado where he played on the school’s back to back national championship teams in 1996 and 1997.  He was named to several All-American teams […]

 
Scott Stryker

Scott Stryker

Scott Stryker, Class of 1990 Scott is President of Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc., commercial contractors.  Based out of the Uncompahgre Valley for over 20 years, Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc. has set the standard in efficient, affordable, and most importantly, quality commercial construction. As a General Contractor or Design-Builder, Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc. has a team […]

 
Kenneth Townsend

Kenneth Townsend

Kenneth Townsend, Class of 1951 Kenneth Townsend was born in the family home, 447 South 4th Street on April 3, 1933 to T. B. Townsend, Jr. and Lynne Burntrager Townsend.  He was the youngest of four children, T. B. Townsend III, Shirley Townsend Butterworth, and Lorell Towsend Pixler.  Kenneth’s grandfather, T.B. Townsend was a Montrose […]

 
Susan Matney

Susan Matney

Susan Matney is the daughter of Ralph and Merna Ray and the late Gerald Storey. She began working as a nurse’s aid when she was 16. In 1978, during her senior year in high school, she began working as a nurse’s aid at Montrose Memorial Hospital. (MMH) Also in June of that same year, she […]

 
Lynne Eisaguirre

Lynne Eisaguirre

Lynne Eisaguirre, OHS Class of 1969 is a former practicing employment attorney and a published author on work place problem solving. She has presented speeches and seminars to hundreds of organizations across the United States and Canada, and Lynne has appeared on CNN Headline News, ABC News, Bloomberg TV, Fox TV, U.S. News. & World […]

 
Lewis Eisaguirre

Lewis Eisaguirre

Lewis Eisaguirre, OHS Class of 1976 is the President of Tarravant Wine Company, a premium wine making facility located in Solvang, California.  The company’s goal is to provide the wine processing infrastructure and marketing for small to medium winemakers in the central regions of California.

 
Kim Eisaguirre

Kim Eisaguirre

Kim Eisaguirre Jones, OHS Class of 1971 is a Registered Investment Adviser in the State of Colorado. A student of the financial markets, investor psychology, and human nature for the past 22 years, Kim has been quoted in the Denver Post, Chicago Tribune,  Rocky Mountain News,  Boulder County Business Report,   Broomfield Enterprise, Financial-Planning.com, Journal of […]