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OJC Press Release ID: 2774


Friday, March 30, 2018

OJC Rising Rural Educator Banquet

 

Otero Junior College hosted the Rising Rural Educator Gala on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. At the gala 41 rural high school students were honored as part of the teacher preparation partnership program (TPREP) between the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and OJC. According to attendees the night consisted of dinner, a keynote address from Superintendent Steve Wilson of Big Sandy School District, and recognition of the students in attendance.

Students were nominated to attend the banquet by high school counselors, teachers and/or principals on the basis of academic promise, leadership skills, and the characteristics necessary to be an outstanding educator. “We hope the honorees will consider the impact they can have as teachers in rural communities.” Ellen Schreivogel, residency coordinator, said.

Members of the community, current educators and administrators were invited to celebrate with the youth. The banquet, hosted by the CU Denver and OJC, was made possible through, Colorado Center for Rural Education grant funding. Schreivogel explained that the event afforded a unique opportunity to look towards our own talented youth in area high schools and begin to plant the seed that being a rural educator is a great career option.

“Recognizing and celebrating these youth, in the presence of their families and educators who nominated them, provided an opportunity to elevate the teaching profession to the status that it should be in our communities. We are fortunate to have so many rising rural educators to honor from surrounding schools.” Schreivogel said.

The teacher preparation partnership allows students to receive a bachelor’s degree in elementary education without leaving OJC. For more information about the Elementary Education Program offered at OJC, contact Ellen Schreivogel at ellen.schreivogal@ojc.edu or at (719) 469-1621.

Student Recognized as Rising Rural Educators:
La Junta High School:
   January King, Christian Montano, Renee Morlan, Aimee Wallner, Alex Whitfield.
Swink High School:
   Kady Bierbaum, Kimberlee Bratrsovsky, Greer Mameda, Sophie Russel.
Rocky Ford High School:
   Taylor Efird, Cameron Frantz, Greta Scofield, Jacklynn Snyder, Eric Zertuche.
Cheraw High School:
   George Cardenas, Lexy Mayo, Cady Nielsen.
La Veta High School:
   Robert Alfrey, Rachelle Andreatta, Shaylee Andreatta, Dalton Mason, Alex Whitfield.
Manzanola High School:
   McKayla Mathews
Fowler High School:
   Tatyana Bradshaw, Preston Higgs, Caitlyn Lancaster, Morgan McIntosh, Johnathan Mobbley, Cody Norris.
Las Animas High School:
   Yazmine Hernandez, Kylie Miller, Jacob O’Connor.
Crowley County High School:
   Elway Encinias, Colleen Hudson, Shannon McLelland, Ti’Quan Williams.
McClave High School:
   Bailey Brubacher.
Kit Carson High School:
   Olivia Isenbart.
Cotopaxi High School:
   Hannah King.

 

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Otero Junior College hosted the Rising Rural Educator Gala on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. At the gala 41 rural high school students were honored. Students were nominated to attend the banquet by high school counselors, teachers and/or principals on the basis of academic promise, leadership skills, and the characteristics necessary to be an outstanding educator.







 

 

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