Award Winners Biographies

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District 60 / Pueblo City Schools
2016 Award Winners

Kristine Cason

Loaded with 30 first grade students, Kristine Cason’s classroom is always buzzing with activity, according to her nominators. Using the “Kagan” active engagement strategies, she encourages and motivates her students to think and learn with one another in all subjects. She works at developing nurturing relationships with each student to ensure they understand course work and applies real life examples to help students become lifelong learners. Cason has served in many leadership roles within the school and district, always with a great attitude and a commitment to learning and communication between students, parents, and colleagues.


Nominated by Michelle Cisney and Kendra Zerfas

Michelle Meier

Virtual, experiential, and visual learning are just a few of the ways Michelle Meier produces successful students who exhibit positive social characteristics. She runs an organized classroom, where the students are encouraged to make good decisions and do their best with her “chances” incentive program. On top of her regular class hours, Meier is Coordinator of Destination Imagination and The Gifted and Talented clubs, and organizes activities for student tutoring, leadership, community service activities, and chairs the annual school carnival. She is dedicated to her students and holds herself to the same standards she expects of them in terms of personal growth and goal setting.

Nominated by Amy Aguilar and Julie Naccarato

Nicole Oreskovich

Building a rapport with each of her students, Nicole Oreskovich hugs each student as they enter her classroom daily giving value to their personal and school life. She advocates for and facilitates students taking control of their individual learning, which has found makes them more engaged and enthusiastic. Field trips are one way Oreskovich promotes hands-on learning by showing students that learning doesn’t just happen in a classroom. Dedicated to her school, she helps to organize fundraisers and serves on multiple committees.  On top of her 40-hour a week career, Oreskovich also is enrolled full-time as a student pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Nominated by Christina Benavidez and Nicole Soto



Val Vigil
Executive Assistant –
Pueblo City Schools