Award Winners Biographies

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District 60 / Pueblo City Schools
2018 Award Winners

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke has earned a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction and Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies. She started her teaching career in 2004 and has been with Pueblo City Schools since 2008. Stephanie has served in several instructional roles:  kindergarten teacher, third grade teacher, reading coach, and is currently the media specialist at Fountain International Magnet School.

Ms. Burke’s vision for creating a school that everyone wants to send their children to contributes to the overall success of the school. Part of this vision was to not only create a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning but also to contribute to the overall culture and climate of the school as a community.

 Nominated by Monica Ayala and Jaelee Fetrow

John Hutchins

In 2003, John Hutchins began his teaching career with Pueblo City Schools as a 5th and 6th grade social studies teacher.  Mr. Hutchins continues his teaching as a social studies teacher at Corwin International Magnet School.  He holds a Masters of Science American History, Bachelor of Science American History, and Bachelor of Science in Business.  

Mr. Hutchins puts emphasis on developing the students’ abilities to become self-advocates of their own learning process. The methods he uses promote curiosity and desire to learn by continuously reinforcing and expanding on the core concepts being taught.  He provides students with a broad toolset that allows them to both independently and collectively explore and deepen those concepts. 

Nominated by Yaneth Correa-Martinez and Monica Valenzuela

Deanna Jones

Deanna Jones teaching pathway includes earning her Masters in Library, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and Bachelor of Arts in Education. In addition to her education, she has taught in other school districts from 1981 before joining Pueblo City Schools in 1999. Ms. Jones is currently a media specialist at South Park Elementary School. 

Ms. Jones invites all scholars and teachers into her media center.  Her media center is full of books that the scholars want to read. She sees 300 plus scholars in any given week.  She plans lessons for preschool to fifth grade students. Throughout these lessons, a common thread can be found that is the love for reading. 

Nominated by Edith Calhoun and De Potestio



Val Vigil
Executive Assistant –
Pueblo City Schools