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Top Educators Honored at Excellence in Teaching

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock thanks top-rated DPS educators at the Excellence in Teaching event on Nov. 29.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock thanks top-rated DPS educators at the Excellence in Teaching event on Nov. 29.

More than 1,000 DPS educators were celebrated for outstanding performance in the classroom and with our kids during the district’s annual Excellence in Teaching event this week.

The annual celebration recognizes teachers and specialized service providers, such as school counselors and nurses, who received the top rating of Distinguished for growth and performance in the 2016-17 school year.

Distinguished educators and guests mingled at Wednesday's Excellence in Teaching event at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

Distinguished educators and guests mingled at Wednesday’s Excellence in Teaching event at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

All of our Distinguished educators were invited, along with a guest, to be recognized, thanked and celebrated for their excellence in serving kids. The event was held at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and made possible through the generosity of the DPS Foundation and donors.

“I know much effort, how much skill and how much team work it takes to be a great teacher,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said during the celebration.

“Above all, I want to thank you tonight for your love. To be a great teacher it takes love — love for your profession, love for your community and love for the kids you serve. And I think every day you see that love reciprocated in the respect and love that your kids have for you.”

Special guest Mayor Michael B. Hancock attended the celebration along with newly elected Denver school board member Carrie Olson, a Distinguished teacher at West Leadership Academy who is leaving her post to serve on the board, and Wings Over the Rockies CEO John Barry, former superintendent for Aurora Public Schools.

“I truly believe that teaching is one of the professions that reaches eternity,” Mayor Hancock said when addressing the crowd. “We love our teachers!”

Sup. Tom Boasberg mingled with distinguished DPS educators and guests at Wednesday's Excellence in Teaching event at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

Supt. Tom Boasberg visited with Distinguished DPS educators and guests at Wednesday’s Excellence in Teaching event at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

The number of Distinguished educators continues to grow every year in DPS, which means more of our kids have a top educator supporting them. One of the most important ways we help our students learn and grow, and achieve their own greatness, is to make sure they have a great teacher in every classroom. To help our educators grow professionally, we know that recognizing and honoring their efforts go hand-in-hand with coaching and supports.

Congratulations to all of our Distinguished teachers and top specialized service providers! We look forward to recognizing even more of these outstanding educators in the future as we move toward our vision, Every Child Succeeds.