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Hodgkins Leadership Academy Teacher Nominated for “Classroom Hero” Award

As the saying goes, “Real heroes don’t wear capes, they teach.” That adage rings true for Renae Sutton, a teacher at Hodgkins Leadership Academy. In September, Sutton was nominated for the “Classroom Hero” award presented by a local radio station, Jammin 101.5. You may remember Sutton from Colorado Public Radio Goes Inside a WPS Classroom series of reports where WPS gave a Colorado Public Radio reporter unique access to her classroom for a series of broadcasts on educating students during a pandemic.

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“Renea is a great teacher because she takes advantage of every opportunity to empower her students to persevere through any situation,” said Amber Swieckowski, principal at Hodgkins Leadership Academy. “Whether it’s getting through a challenging math problem, troubleshooting a technology issue with their Chromebook or working through anxiety during a quarantine.” 

As part of the award, Sutton won a $100 spa gift card, flowers, two $50 restaurant gift cards, one movie download, a goodie bag filled with swag and lots of masked smiles from her class.

When asked what makes Sutton a special teacher Swieckowski said, “Ranea’s students know that she will always be there to support them. She sees that her opportunities to empower our students isn’t limited to math and literacy—some lessons extend to helping the students to see their personal strengths, in and out of school.”

Thank you to all of our classroom heroes in Westminster Public Schools!