Celebrating Teacher Appreciation with CHSS

Teachers & Principals | 05/03/2021

Judith Martinez
Director of the Center for High School Success

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we are excited to celebrate with our amazing school partners working with our Center for High School Success. Our team supports partner schools to increase the number of students who finish the 9th grade on-track, which improves their odds of on-time graduation. 

We asked administrators to shout out team members to highlight some of the amazing work educators are doing in Colorado High Schools. Here’s what they had to say:  

“This Teacher Appreciation Week, North High School's Ninth Grade Team deserves a shout-out for the critical role they each have played throughout the year in student support and student success. Teachers have been faced with new challenges throughout this school year and without fail, North's ninth grade team has risen to each occasion. Each teacher has supported students with compassion, relentlessness, and flexibility. They have put in the time and energy to get to know and recognize each child's unique strength, personality, and potential. Thank you, Team 2024-- you really are the Dream Team.” 

- Elizabeth Laughlin, Assistant Principal, North High School  

“Emily Duncan - she is our culinary arts teacher, and she goes above and beyond her duties as a teacher. She teaches extra classes every year because there are so many students who want to be part of her program. She and her students catered our senior event this Saturday and it was done so professional. The food was outstanding, and the students were so excited. She also creates individual kits for the remote students this year. They are still able to cook at home. When talking with students about who they like as a teacher her name always comes up. Students are so proud when they are cooking, and this gives them hope for a future job in the industry.” 

- Gina Yacovetta, Principal, Arvada High School  

 “Mary Gansz and Katie Nickelson deserve a shout out for working directly with a student that is currently in Children's Hospital and is wishing to graduate this year. This student has had to miss significant amounts of school time due to her illness. Both Mrs. Gansz and Ms. Nickelson have met with her and help develop projects that she can complete in the hospital setting all while being mindful of the toll her treatments take on her. They have continued to check in with her and support her and her mother on the path to graduation.” 

 - Rich Mestas, Principal, Paragon Learning Center 

“Prairie View Freshman Academy...Jacquelyn Brown, Nicole Ramirez, Kelsey Estes, Lindsey Kavallar, Lora McCabe, Molly Whitaker, Monica Shattuck, Joe Sabo, Tamra Lowe, Corissa LaPanse, Nate Howard, Sean Mallendar, Mauna Mazzola, Joelle Galceran, Jennifer Baldoni, Chris Martinez, Kevin O'Brien, Gina Francalancia-Cancienne, Brooke VanderWeit, Dulce Herrera Alarcon, Teresa Woolworth, Rachel Bilardi, Delany Burchfield, Kristi Nistel, Jose Cardona & Mark Gonzales.” 

-Shelly Valerio, Assistant Principal, Prairie View High School  

“Kelsey Estes - Ms. Estes does a wonderful job advocating for students. She fosters positive relationships and builds trust in her classes. Additionally, she has done an excellent job of facilitating kid talks. She has been a fantastic member of our Freshman Team!” 

-Greg Haan, Assistant Principal, Prairie View High School 

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