Montrose Education Foundation’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Awards!

L to R:  Stephen Schiell, Montrose County School District Superintendent; Jeff Mitchell, High School Teacher of the Year; Jamie Gann, Middle School Teacher of the Year; Melissa Good, Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Tyler Dahl, Alpine Bank President; Deann Balash, Montrose Education Foundation Vice-President

The Montrose Education Foundation, Inc. hosted a breakfast for the Teacher of the Year candidates on March 20, 2018.

Sixty-fours teachers were nominated and were introduced during the American Education Week Reception which was held on November 16, 2017.  Twenty-two outstanding educators completed the Candidate Essay Questionnaire, which is based on the Colorado Teacher of the Year Standards and were eligible for consideration.  The 3 level recipients; Elementary, Middle & High School Teachers were awarded a $500 check by Alpine Bank to use in their classrooms.  They are also eligible to apply for the Montrose Education Foundation $10,000 Impact Award.

Congratulations to the following recipients.  Quotes from their application of what they believe makes them an outstanding teacher:

Elementary School Recipient – Melissa Good – Oak Grove Elementary – 5th Grade Teacher
“I teach the whole child, I invest in them and their future.  I believe that an outstanding teacher works well with everyone.  I pride myself in the fact that I have fabulous relationships with my students and their families; this helps my students grow so much more than they would without the home support.  My students become an active part of their education and this shows in the growth they make each year.”

Middle School Recipient – Jamie Gann – Centennial Middle – 8th Grade Writing Teacher
“Unabashed enthusiasm.  For their subject, their students, their life.  A sincere excitement that is expressed as equally between the processes of learning, as it is in the resulting knowledge.  Honesty makes the enthusiasm credible and sincere. Which is important because students learn more from a teacher they can trust.  I strive to inhabit the qualities I’ve described above.  When a student writes something that takes my breath away, I tell them.”

High School Recipient – Jeffrey Mitchell – Olathe High – English Teacher
“What makes me stand out from other teachers is my relentless commitment to make sure students understand WHY IT’S IMPORTANT we are learning particular topics and skills.  If labor predictors are right—many jobs my kids will have in the future are not even created yet. Therefore, to get them ready for life—I teach them HOW to learn.  When my students can stand independently, I know that I have achieved remarkable success.”