9Teachers Who Care

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Music teacher conducts students to greatness

11:56 AM, Feb 14, 2014

DENVER - If you're lucky, you've had one teacher in your life who made you feel special and made you feel like you could do anything.

Teacher 'grows' her students' brains

11:04 AM, Jan 10, 2014

BROOMFIELD - First grade teacher Chassity Ross says it doesn't work to spoon-feed students information. She would much rather make them think. She says it grows their brains.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Metropolitan State University of Denver and 9NEWS are proud to honor outstanding teachers who are making a positive impact on our children through the 9Teachers Who Care program.

9Teachers Who Care is a monthly award that recognizes teachers who exemplify excellence in education.

One individual a month, from September through May, will be chosen to receive the 9Teachers Who Care Award. Their story will be featured on the second Friday of the month in our 5am, 8 am, and 4pm newscasts, then again on the following Saturday in the 7am newscast.

Previous 9Teachers Who Care winners

Shelby Dennis
MAY 2011 WINNER

6:06 AM, Aug 18, 2011

THORNTON - Shelby Dennis admits when she started teaching at Explore Elementary she was challenged, overwhelmed and a little sad.

Pam Tann
APRIL 2011 WINNER

12:24 PM, Apr 8, 2011

GREELEY - Middle school teacher Pam Tann tells her students that when you're writing an article, you need a great opening line to catch the readers attention.  Here's mine.  What do you get when you mix part-cheerleader, part-teacher and part-mother-figure with a truly caring person?  You get Pam Tann. 

Stephen Nye
MARCH 2011 WINNER

9:58 AM, Mar 18, 2011

GOLDEN - Steven Nye is one of those teachers kids never forget.

Donna Shepherd
FEBRUARY 2011 WINNER

12:24 PM, Feb 11, 2011

CENTENNIAL - They are only 4th graders, but they have changed lives a half-a-world-away.  It's all in a day's work for Donna Shepherd's students at Indian Ridge Elementary School in Centennial.

Duncan Guild
JANUARY 2011 WINNER

7:13 AM, Jan 15, 2011

DENVER - "You can learn so much by empathy, compassion, understanding and treating everybody as a human being." That's the motto Duncan Guild lives by. He's our newest 9Teachers Who Care honoree.

Jean Kavanagh
DECEMBER 2010 WINNER

12:55 PM, Dec 30, 2010

LITTLETON - When somebody does the same job for 21 years, you can be pretty sure they're good at it and they love doing it. That is certainly true for Jean Kavanagh.

Doug Wilhelm
NOVEMBER 2010 WINNER

10:34 AM, Dec 30, 2010

DENVER - Doug Wilhelm wants his eighth grade students to understand much more than what happened on what date in American History.

Tristin Koch
OCTOBER 2010 WINNER

4:41 PM, Oct 8, 2010

ARVADA - When you see her in class at Drake Middle School, you can just tell how much she cares about her students. Tristin Koch says she is simply trying to instill confidence, then the learning will happen.

Steven Replogle
SEPTEMBER 2010 WINNER

8:57 AM, Sep 13, 2010

DENVER -  "He's kind of like a kid at heart and he has something that makes everybody want to be with him." How many children refer to a former teacher with that kind of admiration? A lot, if you're talking about the fourth grade teacher at Bromwell Elementary, Steven Replogle.

Robert Hay
MAY 2010 WINNER

3:04 PM, Aug 16, 2010

AURORA - Sometimes in art the act of creating is more important than what you actually create. That is the philosophy of Coyote Hills Elementary teacher Robert Hay.

Tamara Rhone
APRIL 2010 WINNER

6:00 AM, Apr 10, 2010

DENVER - In Tamara Rhone's classroom, history isn't a dry recitation from a textbook; it's inspired by the veteran teacher's life experiences.

Rob Phillips
MARCH 2010 WINNER

5:13 AM, Mar 14, 2010

GOLDEN - Everytime his students sing, Rob Phillips' cheeks stretch into a grin you could see from across the campus at Mitchell Elementary. If only you could see the beaming smile on his face when Mr. Phillips watches his other students perform.

Terry Highfield
FEBRUARY 2010 WINNER

5:53 PM, Feb 12, 2010

EVANS - When given a choice, it's a surefire bet most fourth graders would choose to listen to their iPod or watch a movie on a big screen TV than to do their writing homework. You could probably count on adults going with the same choice.

Tom Hewson
JANUARY 2010 WINNER

8:35 PM, Jan 8, 2010

LOVELAND - For decades, the name "Hewson" has been synonymous with high school athletics in Northern Colorado.

Rex Walls
DECEMBER 2009 WINNER

6:17 PM, Dec 11, 2009

AURORA - There is your family, and then there is the family you have away from home.

Molly Kirschling
NOVEMBER 2009 WINNER

1:32 PM, Nov 13, 2009

DENVER - Walk into her classroom, and you'll hear an oft repeated quote that almost sounds like satire of a former presidential candidate.

Ed Taylor
OCTOBER 2009 WINNER

11:47 AM, Oct 9, 2009

THORNTON - Some people are math and science people. Others just can't wrap their brains around the subjects.

State alters 420 MM sign to thwart thieves

DENVER - Thieves have been stealing the 420 mile marker sign so often, CDOT has changed it to "419.99".

11:43 AM, Jan 11, 2014

Failed To Death: Gabriel Trujillo

Gabriel Trujillo's frail body was covered in bruises and what appeared to be cigarette burns.

6:57 PM, Nov 11, 2012

Local firefighters save man's life

DENVER - A heart attack and hypothermia - you don't want to have either. But if you have one, having the other could save your life.

8:17 AM, Aug 15, 2010

Murder-for-hire suspect Chris Wells collects money while in prison

DOUGLAS COUNTY - There is just so much pain and loss one heart can take. Tammy Rafferty's heart may have reached its limit two years ago when her husband Bob Rafferty and sister-in-law Amara Wells were murdered inside their Douglas County home.

9:46 AM, Aug 8, 2013

How non-rich people can go to college

USA TODAY - I can't count how many roundtable discussions I've heard asking whether college is still worth the cost. They are important debates; college can be expensive. But most leave out an important point: There is more than one way to go to college.

11:51 AM, Jan 12, 2014

Jamestown struggles to recover from flood

JAMESTOWN - Nearly five months after the floods devastated Jamestown, the town is still without water.

10:41 PM, Feb 6, 2014

Carpentry business gives ex-cons 'New Beginnings'

DENVER - Many people are probably not comfortable at the prospect of having ex-cons in their home, but they might mind a lot less if they were working on a project that could dramatically enhance the value of the home and do so at a bargain price.

10:48 PM, May 2, 2012

Mixed reaction to restructuring of Montbello-area schools

DENVER - A plan to drastically change struggling Montebello-area schools in northeast Denver is getting criticized by some parents and praised by others.

11:04 PM, Oct 12, 2010

Tips for turning on the sprinkler system

DENVER - It's getting close to Memorial Day when temps begin to climb. If you haven't already started up your sprinkler system, this is probably the weekend to do it. Voluntary watering restrictions are in place in many areas and that means we need to be especially careful about saving water with our sprinkler systems.

8:46 PM, May 18, 2012

Rockies game postponed due to weather

DENVER - The Colorado Rockies game scheduled for 1:10 p.m. has been postponed due to weather.

3:00 PM, Apr 3, 2011
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