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Team Members Make the Grade as Teachers of the Year

A distinguished group of District 49 teachers received accolades from building leaders, parents and students to move to the head of the class as their school’s Teacher of the Year for the 2018-19 school year. Nominees share common characteristics of leadership, commitment to lifelong learning and dedication to D49 students.

 Bianca Rimbach, EIES, is celebrated during Fantastic 49 festivities Aug. 8.

The Board of Education celebrated the top teachers during Fantastic 49 festivities before their regular monthly meeting Aug. 8. Each honoree received a plaque, and the board heard remarks summarizing their contributions in D49.


Congratulations to the following District 49 Teachers of the Year:


Katy Gibe, Meridian Ranch Elementary School

Linda Hagedorn, Springs Ranch Elementary School

Brittaney Juarez, Stetson Elementary School

Amanda Martin, Bennett Ranch Elementary School

Julie Nealy, Ridgeview Elementary School

Karen Parks, Remington Elementary School

Julie Platt, Falcon Elementary School of Technology

Bianca Rimbach, Evans International Elementary School

Katie Scott, Academy for Literacy, Learning and Innovation Excellence

Anna Tapia, Woodmen Hills Elementary School

Amy Willis, Odyssey Elementary School

Carrie Clay, Falcon Middle School

Cindy Doorack, Skyview Middle School

William Yerger, Horizon Middle School

Jennifer Aubain, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence

Natalie Cummings, Pikes Peak Early College

Lisa Banegas, Patriot High School

Brooke Neilson, Falcon High School

Shawna Quinn, Vista Ridge High School

Erika Siemieniec, Sand Creek High School

Adriane Jasper, PEAK Education Center

Tammy Peterson, Falcon Homeschool Program


After selection as Teacher of the Year for their individual school, several honorees will advance to compete for the title of Colorado Teacher of the Year. The state-level Teacher of the Year award will be announced late 2019.

Katie Scott, ALLIES, is recognized as a Teacher of the Year Aug. 8.  . Lisa Banegas, PHS, is honored during Fantastic 49 Aug. 8.  . Shawna Quinn, VRHS, is honored as a Teacher of the Year Aug. 8.