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Westminster Elks ‘Teachers of Year’ Honored
Robbie Ferguson, Kate Albyn and Betty Aragon have been named Westminster Elks Teachers of the Year for their amazing work on behalf of the students of Westminster Public Schools.
On March 30th the Westminster Elks honored them and last week they appeared virtually before the Board of Education along with the school leaders who nominated them for the award. In addition to the recognition, a donation was made on their behalf to a charity of their choice.
Robert “Robbie” Ferguson
Career Technical Education Teacher, Computer Science and Engineering/Aerospace Westminster High School
Charity Choice: Westminster Public Schools Education Foundation, https://www.fundwps.org
Career Technical Education Administrator Lottie Wilson nominated Ferguson for the award telling the Board of Education that Ferguson left a more lucrative career in the technology industry because he wanted to make a bigger impact on the world and young students.
Ferguson was well versed in the education profession as his grandfather was an Industrial Arts teacher in Denver Public Schools for 25 years and his uncle, Dale Ferguson taught Business/Marketing in Westminster Public Schools for over 24 years. He has taught at Westminster High School the last four years.
Special Education Specialist Westminster High School
Charity Choice: Christ in the City: https://christinthecity.org/
Janet Chrisbens, Assistant Principal at Westminster High School nominated third-year teacher Kate Albyn for the honor. In preparing her nomination, Chrisbens consulted with teachers and staff from throughout the high school asking them to share their thoughts. Several people said that even though she is relatively new to the high school she has already taken a leadership role. Kate grew up in Centennial, Colorado and attended Boston College where she studied Secondary Education and English before deciding to stay on for the fifth year and earn her master’s degree in special education.
Beatris “Betty” Aragon
Special Education Teacher
Charity Choice: Colorado Special Olympics
Mesa Elementary Principal Janelle Stastny summed it up well. “Everybody loves Betty, and you will too when you learn more about her.”
Betty grew up in Eztatlan, Mexico and says her interest in becoming a special education teacher was sparked by her experiences when growing up with a friend and neighbor, Katy, who has Downs Syndrome. Betty was troubled by seeing the lack of support for Katy and resolved to do her part to make a difference. This is her sixth year of teaching. She still keeps in contact with Katy and when talking with the Board of Education, she shared a touching, funny story about their friendship.