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Pueblo County Chapter Colorado Teacher Awards nominee: Verla Hutchins

posted May 4, 2020, 1:55 PM 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. 

Verla Hutchins, 4-8 Drama and Leadership, Corwin International Magnet School
Nominated by Monica Valenzuela and Jaime Quinn

Verla Hutchins has taught at Corwin since 2008, teaching 4-8 drama and leadership, 6th grade geography, and special education. 

From her nomination letter:
"She emphasizes through specific vocabulary and positive reinforcement that learning is for the benefit of the learner, not the teacher."

"Mrs. Hutchins models proficient performances for students to replicate, and provides visual aides to support the learning content."

"In her classroom, every student is met with content at an appropriate level of complexity highlighting opportunities for deep thinking and connecting beyond what is being taught."

"Mrs. Hutchins acknowledges individual interests, cultural background, age and academic ability levels like no other."

"If you are looking for creativity, Mrs. Hutchins' class is the place to be. Her passion and enthusiasm for teaching the performing arts, recreates that passion and enthusiasm in her own students."

"Passionate teachers are distinguished by their commitment to their students' process of learning. Mrs. Hutchins profoundly cares how to keep her students always one step ahead by cultivating their curiosity."

"Mrs. Hutchins makes her students feel comfortable asking questions, engaging in insightful debates, and sharing their own ideas; all while teaching them to be respectful of differing opinions, and finding common ground."

"She leads by example and acknowledges students' strengths instead of weakness, observing improvement opportunities and encouraging work and perseverance."

"Mrs. Hutchins is an example of what an IB learner is: She is knowledgeable, open-minded, principled, thinker, reflective, balanced, inquirer, communicator, risk-taker, and above all, caring."

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

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