Meredith Nass

Meet Meredith Nass, a conscientious community organizer seeking social change

May 11, 2020

Growing up in Durango, in the rural southwest corner of Colorado, Meredith Nass has sought a worldly perspective to bring to her work as a community organizer and coalition builder.

Jami Riley

Meet Jami Riley, working to ensure research-based teaching practices go the distance

May 11, 2020

Jami Riley taught high school math for four years before enrolling full time in the CU Boulder School of Education's Secondary Mathematics Master's program with her sights set on developing the tools and knowledge to further refine her teaching practice with research-based evidence. Riley has proven to be an incredible...

Will Ostendorf

Meet Will Ostendorf, a techie teacher who was inspired by a long line of educators

May 11, 2020

A long line of educators inspired Will Ostendorf's winding path to becoming a teacher. His parents are both teachers — his mother taught middle school and his father entered the profession after retiring from an information technology company and volunteering five days a week in a middle school. As an...

Andres Martin

Meet Andrés Martínez, an activist educator who leads in his school and graduate courses

May 11, 2020

Andrés Martínez, 23-year veteran social studies teacher, has studied the important role CU Boulder played in the Chicano Movement in Colorado and the opportunity to have a CU Boulder graduate education has been a welcome chapter in his story.

Allison Murphy

Meet Allison Murphy, a future teacher who digs archeology, social studies, art and culture

May 8, 2020

When Allison Murphy was young, she used to pretend her backyard in Colorado Springs was an archeological excavation site and that one day she would make a huge new discovery. Murphy is the 2020 School of Education secondary humanities outstanding graduate.

Anne Fisher

Meet Anne Fisher, teaching for equity under all circumstances

May 8, 2020

Anne Fisher started making concrete plans to become a history and education Buff when she was just a freshman in high school. Now, she is graduating as the 2020 School of Education outstanding graduate in elementary education.

Ally Collard hiking

Meet Ally Collard, a passion advocate for students and scientific exploration

May 8, 2020

From a young age, Alexandra Collard knew she wanted to teach. She loved learning and found math and science fascinating in the ways that they explain how the world works. Collard is the 2020 School of Education and CU Teach outstanding graduate in STEM education.

Paty Abril-Gonzalez with her family and Bill and Connie Barclay at the 2018 Miramontes Scholars Celebration.

Meet Paty Abril-Gonzalez, a mentor for future bilingual teachers who continues the Miramontes legacy

May 3, 2019

How can we do this together in a nicer, kinder and more loving way? This key question guided 2019 Outstanding PhD Graduate Paty Abril-Gonzalez through her doctorate dissertation at CU Boulder and still guides her now in her teaching and research as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ben Erwin with the Safety Commission

Meet Ben Erwin, a policy analyst with a commitment to educational equity

May 1, 2019

As a former high school teacher and advocate for community empowerment, 2019 Outstanding MA Graduate Ben Erwin realized that he had a passion for the public policies that shape the educational field. “After my time in Mississippi in advocacy, I realized I wanted to pursue a career in education policy,” Erwin said. “My belief in education as a driver of social justice and opportunity continues to drive my passion for education.”

Kyle with her mentor teacher

Meet Kyle O’Keefe, a passionate teacher who believes in fun and fully inclusive classrooms

May 1, 2019

Kyle O’Keefe, 2019 CU Boulder School of Education Outstanding Elementary Education Graduate, believes that learning should be fun all the time. “Fun is a great equalizer in the classroom because it engages everyone in their learning,” O’Keefe said. “Even the most stubborn student can't resist joining in!”