Spartan Mile High Teachers Go the Extra Mile
May 17, 2012 by Mallory Baker
Thomas Jefferson is recognized once again for its outstanding community, having three teachers honored as 2011-2012 Mile High Teachers.
On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Eileen Adair, Brett Butera, and Amber Wilson traveled to Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the seventh annual Mile High Teachers Awards. According to the Mayor’s Office for Education and Children, nominees must, “Establish a stimulating learning environment, foster the development of students’ intellectual, social, emotional, or physical growth, and demonstrate care and concern for the well-being of students and colleagues.”
This year principle Sandra Just, along with a committee, chose the nominees. “We chose Ms. Wilson because we believe she sets high expectations for students but always creates structures for student success,” said Just.
Humbled to be a recipient, English Teacher Amber Wilson excitedly attended. “I didn’t know anything about it until I received a letter from the City directly from the Mayor’s office. I was floored and truly touched,” she said. Once there she was able to meet Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools Tom Boasberg, “My ninety-year-old grandma came all the way from Nebraska and I introduced her to Tom. He actually mentioned her when I was being recognized and she stood up. It was all very fun.”
Eileen Adair teaches in the CCT Magnet program. The committee chose Adair because, according to Just, “She is a creative force in the Magnet. Her example and efforts cause students to flourish.”
Adair was also taken by surprise when she received her letter from the mayor, and said she was thrilled by the award. “Being recognized by my peers and the TJ community means a lot to me. Sometimes we forget to take the time to celebrate our accomplishments in the midst of a busy semester. Being surrounded by a number of other award recipients, including Brett and Amber, was energizing and fun.”
TJ Science Teacher, Brett Butera, was the final nominee. “Mr. Butera is reflective about his instructional practice. He is always looking for great ways to engage students in learning,” said Just.
Congratulations to all this year’s honorees of the Mile High Teacher Award and much appreciation for their hard-work and dedication to the success of Thomas Jefferson.