Colorado

Christine Kopatich

Position: Technology Teacher

School: Wildcat Mountain Elementary School

School District: Douglas County School District

City, State: Littleton, Colorado

About the Nominee: Christine Kopatich was nominated by Gigi Whalen, the parent of a student. Ms. Kopatich inspires students to be creative and show their leadership while they are in the STEM lab. She offers different learning opportunities to all students and has even identified a group of 5th graders to present with her at Share Fair Nation Denver! The group will be showing how Ms. Kopatich uses Lego Education kits and Robotics to enhance learning. She sees the best in every student and finds ways to allow them to show what they're learning in their own way. Ms Kopatich is a LifeChanger because she helps students see their unique talents and how they can make a difference in the world.

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Delia Walters Sanchez

Position: Office Manager and Family Liaison

School: Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest

School District: Denver Public Schools

City, State: Denver, Colorado

About the Nominee: Delia Walters Sanchez was nominated by a colleague, Luciana Fee.

Ms. Walters Sanchez goes above and beyond for the families and community of Southwest Denver. She finds a way to answer everyone's questions, secures resources for parents and makes everyone at Rocky Mountain Prep (RMP) feel welcomed on a daily basis. The relationships that she has created with RMP's families and the greater community are based on empathy and genuine trust. This can be observed every day during arrival and dismissal as she shakes scholar's hands when they come through the front door. Her ability to authentically engage the larger community, whether through outreach events or by providing families with information over the phone, is not only admirable, but telling of who she is as a caring and kind person. Ms. Fee is honored to work with someone like Ms. Walters Sanchez who embodies and models RMP's PEAK (perseverance, excellence, adventure and kindness) values.

Robyn Reagan

Position: Kindergarten Teacher

School: Coyote Creek Elementary School

School District: Douglas County School District

City, State: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

About the Nominee: Robyn Reagan works hard every day to make sure her students are not only safe in her class, but are learning skills and habits that they can use for the rest of their lives. She is entirely dedicated to making Coyote Creek Elementary School a great place to work, and she leads the way in building a positive culture. Her love for her students and her profession is obvious in everything she does. Ms. Reagan is a team player who is always willing to collaborate with others. Her students love her and enjoy learning in her class!

Julie Anderson

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Position: Physical Education Teacher

School: Burlington Elementary School

School District:Burlington School District RE-6J

City, State: Burlington, Colorado

About the Nominee: Julie Anderson has been teaching in the Burlington School District for over two decades, and she still has just as much energy and enthusiasm as she did the year she started teaching. Her teaching style and creative lessons and activities meet each individual student's learning needs. Without a doubt, she prepares them for fitness activities, recreational and competitive sports and a healthy lifestyle for years to come.

Over the last few years, Mrs. Anderson has organized a Fuel Up to Play 60 Team at Burlington Elementary School and volunteered as the Program Adviser. She facilitates the Student Leadership Team, who have organized many activities to promote wellness, such as Classroom Breakfast (never before served in this district with a poverty level of 69%), Morning Mile, Turkey Trot, academic classroom Movement Breaks, and a visit to the school by former Denver Broncos wide receiver, Ed McCaffrey, and the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders and mascot.

Last year, Mrs. Anderson extended the Fuel Up to Play 60 activities into the evenings to encourage parent involvement in educational and fitness activities. One of these activities was “Screen Free Week,” where she provided students and their families alternatives to sitting in front of a screen each evening such as a “Glow Run,” “Tag It Tuesday,” “Capture the Flag Night,” and “Parachute Games.” These events were well attended by students and families. Most importantly, they were a true testament to the culture of wellness Mrs. Anderson has created in her school and community. In planning for the 16-17 school year, Mrs. Anderson has talked about finding a way to integrate Pokemon Go into some of her classroom or parent involvement activities to draw in even more families.

Mrs. Anderson is a positive, supportive co-worker and an exemplary role model for students and teachers alike. She is a major contributor to many of the building’s professional activities, and she never hesitates in volunteering to work on a team or committee to benefit the students. She is a master schedule wizard who plans and facilitates Play Daze (a field day alternative) for the entire elementary school every May. When the physical education program was at risk of being cut, Mrs. Anderson fought hard to ensure that students would have as many opportunities for physical education as possible. She is the only physical education teacher in her building and instructs every student several times a week in her classroom.

Over the last few years, Mrs. Anderson has served as a mentor to multiple first-year physical education teachers in other schools. She never hesitates to make the commitment and has supported these teachers, not only with becoming familiar with the district curriculum, but with learning effective teaching strategies to promote healthy lifestyles that students carry into adulthood.

Mrs. Anderson is an energized, well-rounded, self-starting, dedicated professional who has demonstrated excellent rapport and leadership abilities with children, teachers and parents. She respects people, and they respect her in return.

According to her nominator, Mrs. Anderson is a famous figure within her community. Whenever children see her at an event or at the grocery store, they often shout, “Mrs. Anderson! Mrs. Anderson!" Every elementary student in town is excited when they have a chance meeting with her, and Mrs. Anderson is enthused to encounter them as well. Her experience and talents have been valuable assets to the school and community for more than 20 years, and her legacy will be the health and wellness of her students and their families for many years to come.

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Stephanie Rosch

Position: P.A.L. Coach

School: Scott Carpenter Middle School

School District: Westminster Public Schools

City, State: Denver, Colorado

About the Nominee: Stephanie Rosch works diligently to improve the lives of the scholars around her. She is constantly giving 110% to help students during their time in middle school, high school and beyond. She is always available to her past, present and future students. Dr. Rosch is an amazing LifeChanger!