Member Profiles

Suzanne Hernandez, Westerly Creek Elementary

“I know how important my job is.” Suzanne Hernandez, Westerly Creek Elementary   The best part of being a teacher, according to Westerly Creek Elementary first grade teacher Suzanne Hernandez, is when you know you are making a difference in a student’s life. Unfortunately, the opportunity to make...

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Valerie Lovato’s Mission To Help Teachers

Photo above: Valerie Lovato in her Eagleton Elementary classroom   Eagleton Elementary teacher chosen to help inform statewide education policy matters   Valerie Lovato first received the news while she was on vacation. The First Grade teacher at Eagleton Elementary was relaxing and enjoying some down time with her...

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Mollie McGrath, Bryant Webster

“I am passionate about having high expectations for my students.” Mollie McGrath, Bryant Webster   A 4th Grade—ELA-S teacher at Bryant Webster, Mollie McGrath brings an international flair to her teaching perspective. The Wisconsin native spent her teen-age years growing up in Colorado and then studied at the...

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Silvia Curiel-Torres, Peer Observer

“We can be proud as educators that we were a positive influence.” Silvia Curiel-Torres, Peer Observer   Silvia Curiel-Torres has been an educator for 39 years – but she started rehearsing for the role long before she ever started teaching professionally. The childhood neighbors of a pint-sized Silvia...

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Dana Berge, Pascual LeDoux Academy

“My students have brought immeasurable joy into my life.” Dana Berge, Pascual LeDoux Academy   As you enter Pascual LeDoux Academy on any given weekday morning, you might hear the familiar sounds of what sounds like morning announcements as little ones scamper down the school’s hallways. On a...

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William Anderson, Manual High School

DCTA Member Profile “Teachers are the driving force of education.” William Anderson, Manual High School   William Anderson is what you might call a “teacher’s teacher.” Passionate for his profession and determined to make a difference, he happily works tireless hours (well, maybe not always happily) to help his...

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Michael Diaz-Rivera, Columbine Elementary

“If my students aren’t able to focus…then we are all wasting our time.” Michael Diaz-Rivera, Columbine Elementary   A 5th grade ELA teacher at Columbine Elementary, Michael Diaz-Rivera may be a rookie in the profession (he’s been teaching for one year), but he’s already learned one of the...

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Deb Vigil & Loyeen Vigil-McKenna

DCTA Member Profile There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters Deb Vigil & Loyeen Vigil-McKenna, Skinner Middle School   Sisters Deb Vigil and Loyeen Vigil-McKenna have shared a lot over the years. With just a few years between them, both have borrowed each other’s clothes from time to time as...

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Kris Bethscheider, West Early College

“I realized there are good teachers – and I wanted to be one.” Kris Bethscheider, West Early College   When Kris Bethscheider was just a wide-eyed 13-year-old student, she used to tell her teacher that she hitchhiked to school. Whether or not that was true, it justifiably...

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