Adriana with her mom

Meet Adriana Alvarez, 2017 Outstanding PhD Graduate

May 8, 2017

As a teacher in El Paso, Texas, Adriana Alvarez saw pursuing a PhD as nearly impossible until one fateful day when a professor from the University of Texas at El Paso asked to visit and observe her classroom. The professor Rey Reyes, a CU Boulder graduate, was impressed, and he... Read more »
Amber with daughter

Meet Amber Gonzales Cortes, 2017 Outstanding MA graduate

May 8, 2017

Amber González-Cortes is the epitome of an ambitious, unintimidated educator. She came to CU Boulder bound and determined to earn the double teaching endorsements in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and Special Education. While the CU Boulder School of Education is the only school in the state to offer the... Read more »
Jessica Waggoner

Meet Jess Waggoner, 2017 Outstanding Elementary Education Graduate

May 8, 2017

Jess Waggoner passed several signs on her path to becoming a teacher. She grew up near her large extended family in New Jersey, where she was the oldest of 16 cousins. She loved looking after the kids in her family, and that’s where her passion for working with kids began... Read more »
Diana Rapp

Meet Diana Rapp, 2017 Outstanding CU Teach Graduate

May 8, 2017

Growing up, Diana Rapp was considered a struggling student, but with support from her family and mentors, she was able to turn around her academics. Her turn around has turned her into an insatiable learner and an inspired educator. “Thanks to my amazing teachers, tutors, and family I was able... Read more »
Gabriella Martinez

Meet Gabriella Martinez, 2017 Outstanding Humanities Education Graduate

May 8, 2017

Back in middle school, Gabriella Martinez’s mentors and teachers left an impression on her that changed the course of her career ambitions — she knew she wanted to be a teacher. “They were inspiring to me because they weren't afraid to be themselves in the classroom, it made them really... Read more »