WPS Teachers of the Year Honored
Jamie Summer, Jeff Raposa and Carolyn Warren have been selected as the 2019 Westminster Elks Teachers of the Year.
The trio was honored by the Elks at a dinner last month and recognized by the Board of Education on April 9. Combined they have helped educate children in Westminster Public Schools for more than 40 years.
Jamie Summers – Colorado STEM Academy
Jamie is a Colorado native who has been teaching at Colorado STEM Academy for three years. She comes from a family of educators and says she decided to become a teacher while volunteering in an elementary classroom when she was a senior in high school.
“I was assigned to the music teacher who decided halfway through my time with her that she wanted me to teach a lesson to her third grade group. After a very successful attempt to teach the song Kookaburra, I was given feedback and tried again. From that moment on I was hooked into education …”
Jeff Raposa – Harris Park Elementary
Jeff has been a teacher at Harris Park Elementary for almost 17 years. He originally worked as an Environmental Engineer in New York City but realized that his true career passion was for teaching children.
“Not only have I learned how to be a better teacher, I have learned how to be a better person. Kids have a way of shining a light on your soul and keeping you honest. One of my goals moving forward is to continue to do as much as I possibly can to combine my love of teaching math with the ideas of global citizenship. I want to live, learn, and teach by the tenets of the following quote from Jane Goodall …”
“Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.”’
Carolyn Warren – Westminster High School
Carolyn began teaching at Westminster High School in 1996 and has served as the faculty advisor to the student newspaper every year. She estimates that she has overseen the publishing of 160 issues, first as the “The Warrior Pride” and now “Wolf Pride."
“I am a person that truly feels honored to teach every day. I believe it is a calling for me, and I proudly followed my mom's footsteps into the profession. I enjoy the challenges that each new year brings, and I have taught all levels of high school English at Westminster High School. This year, I've had the opportunity to teach AP Language and Composition, and it has been an invigorating experience for me.”
Future issues of What’s Up WPS will provide video profiles of some of our winners.