Monica

Meet Mónica González Ybarra, 2018 Outstanding Doctoral Graduate

May 8, 2018

To her dismay, Mónica González Ybarra faced resistance and questioning about her readiness for college when she was a high school student. Now, González Ybarra incorporates her experiences and Latinx youth voices into her community work and research.

Brenda Ortiz Torres

Meet Brenda Ortiz Torres, 2018 Outstanding Elementary Education Graduate

May 5, 2018

Brenda Ortiz Torres has always wanted to change the world, and in finding her path to becoming a teacher, she believes she and her students can truly "be the change." Working with students is the reasons she is so hopeful for the future.

Tyler and parents

Meet Tyler LeCroy, 2018 Outstanding CU Teach Graduate

May 3, 2018

Known for his thoughtful insights and engaging lessons, Tyler LeCroy found his love for math and science when he started community college and then transferred to CU Boulder, soon driving a passion for education.

Alita Smith

Meet Alita Smith, 2018 Outstanding Secondary Humanities Graduate

May 3, 2018

With steady dedication to her studies and to her 6-year-old son, Alita Smith shows strength in every endeavor of hers. After two decades in the hospitality industry, Smith took the leap to pursue her lifelong dream of being an educator.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...