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Two District 49 Teachers Awarded Grants in “Extra Yard for Teachers” Campaign

Amber Kettinger, fifth grade teacher at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy, and Anna Tapia, fifth grade teacher at Woodmen Hills Elementary School, were surprised Sept. 20 when they were selected as honorees in the “Extra Yard for Teachers” Air Force Athletics Campaign.

Laela Peterman, 10, fifth grader, reads her nomination letter to teacher, Amber Kettinger, Sept. 20.


The Air Force Academy’s mascot, as well as members of the Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation, visited each teacher’s school to notify them of the news. Each teacher will receive a $1,000 grant to use on supplies for their classroom.


Kettinger was nominated by two students, Laela Peterman, 10, fifth grader, and Aiden Diamanti, 10, fifth grader. “Mrs. Kettinger makes each student feel very special,” shared Peterman in her nomination letter. Diamanti added, “Mrs. Kettinger welcomes every student. She treats everyone well, and makes sure everyone is safe and happy.”


Tapia received four nominations. “She makes learning feel like fun and not work. All the kids love her,” shared Woodmen Hills Elementary School parent, Kathleen Field. “She has the biggest heart and is the best teacher we’ve ever had,” added Terri Schubert, fellow WHES parent.


Kettinger and Tapia are two of 10 teachers in the Pikes Peak Region to win grants in the "Extra Yard for Teachers" campaign. There were 150 teachers nominated in the region.


The campaign is part of a $10,000 grant from the College Football Playoff Foundation. Students in the Pikes Peak region nominated their favorite teacher on the AFAAC website.

Amy Matisek
719-495-1149, ext. 2136