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Pueblo County Chapter Colorado Teacher Awards nominee: Janet Rivera

posted May 6, 2020, 12:34 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated May 6, 2020, 3:56 PM ]
In recognition of national Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020, Pueblo School District 60 is unveiling its nominees for the 2020 Colorado Teacher Awards from the Pueblo County Chapter. Nine outstanding teachers in District 60 were nominated by parents and colleagues, and endorsed by their principals. Throughout the week, we will tell you about these teachers, with the winners being announced Friday, May 8.

Janet Rivera, Kindergarten, Franklin School of Innovation
Nominated by Amanda Atencio and Vonda Lane

Janet Rivera has been a Kindergarten teacher at Franklin School of Innovation since 2013. Prior that, she was a substitute teacher in District 60. 

From her nomination letter:
"Anyone who has been a student of Mrs. Rivera's or has had the privilege of observing her while she is teaching, would say that she has an amazing culture for learning in the classroom."

"Upon entering her classroom, at any time during instruction, there is order, there is inclusion and there is effective teaching."

"She is the first teacher to arrive and school and the last one to leave, every day."

"During her lessons, she knows the precise time to push her students to do all the thinking where she is facilitating classroom conversations."

"She plans instruction right down to the final detail and then uses data she gathers to be very prescriptive with her instruction."

"Learning in Mrs. Rivera's class has got to be the greatest experience for a 4 or 5-year-old Kindergartener. Any student of Mrs. Rivera's will never forget her because she truly teaches it all!"

"Mrs. Rivera is a master at getting students to believe they can do anything. She celebrates the smallest breakthroughs and in doing so, students begin to truly believe in themselves."

"Mrs. Rivera has gained strong relationships with the community and families of Franklin students. She is well known and well-respected. She carries a strong presence within the building, which affords her the same respet and admiration amongst administration, faculty, colleagues, and above all, students."

"One quality that makes Mrs. Rivera stand above others is that she sees herself in her students."

Janet Rivera is one of nine nominees in District 60 for a Colorado Teacher Award. Others include Marcia Griglak (Haaff), Courtney Lockett (Goodnight), Verla Hutchins (Corwin), Chris Markert (Irving), Kimberly O'Connor (Bessemer), Kerrie Studen (Beulah Heights), Kimberly VanHee (Central), and Kelsi Vigil (Highland Park).
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