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Pueblo County Chapter Colorado Teacher Awards nominee: Kelsi Vigil

posted May 7, 2020, 10:49 AM by Anthony Sandstrom
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. 

Kelsi Vigil, Exceptional Student Services (special education), Highland Park Elementary
Nominated by Janessa Gallegos and F'Lissitee Gallegos

Ms. Vigil has been a special education teacher at Highland Park Elementary since 2010, and 23 years as a teacher in District 60 overall. She taught 1st and second grade from 2006-10, and was a preschool teacher in D60 from 1997-2006. She was also an adjunct instructor at CSU-Pueblo.

From her nomination letter:
"She is always working hard to engage all of her students to be tentative and interested in learning."

"She makes the topics they are teaching understandable and interesting for each student and their individual learning styles."

"Ms. Vigil takes the time to understand each student's behaviors and what works best for each student. She patiently works with them to ensure learning for all students at their own pace."

"Ms. Vigil is able to understand that all students are not the same and that each child sees the world through a different light. She then uses their interests and fascinations to push them to understand educational topics."

"Ms. Vigil and her staff have been creative with furniture placement and other plans to keep all of the staff and children safe. Learning still happens even when a student is in the process of a meltdown or is having another issue. Ms. Vigil is able to personally engage the student to calm down, think about their actions, and encourages positive behavior and reengage the student in learning."

"Ms. Vigil is professional, kind, patient, encouraging, creative, composed, empathetic, persistent, reassuring, and is truly an inspiration to all teachers everywhere."

Kelsi Vigil 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), Janet Rivera (Franklin), Kimberly O'Connor (Bessemer), Kimberly VanHee (Central), and Kerrie Studen (Beulah Heights).