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Pueblo County Chapter Colorado Teacher Awards nominee: Kimberly Van Hee

posted May 7, 2020, 10:38 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated May 7, 2020, 10:51 AM ]
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. 

Kimberly Van Hee, Career & Technical Education, Central High School
Nominated by Destin Mehess and Shirley Arriaga

For 23 years, Kimberly Van Hee has taught marketing and business courses at Central High School. She has been the Central High School DECA adviser for her entire tenure.

From her nomination letter:
"Her classes are always a little larger than most, because she empowers students to not only learn the business model, but also prepare them for the real world."

"She makes learning meaningful. She is always smiling at her door to welcome students. She is one of the most positive teachers I've ever met!"

"She knows every one of her students, knows their passions, their dislikes, and their dreams. That motivates her to adjust her teaching if needed, and create a culture of comfort."

"Ms. Van Hee's attitude is contagious. She never has discipline issues because she creates a culture of care and support."

"In the years I have worked with Ms. Van Hee, there are countless numbers of students who graduate and come back to visit her. She really does inspire students to be 'good' human beings."

Kimberly Van Hee 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), Kerrie Studen (Beulah Heights), and Kelsi Vigil (Highland Park).