CEA media release: Denver social studies teacher, Gerardo Muñoz, named 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year

October 29, 2020

Denver social studies teacher, Gerardo Muñoz, named 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year

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DENVER – Gerardo Muñoz, a social studies teacher at Denver Center for International Studies at Baker, was named the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year today in a surprise announcement by Dr. Katy Anthes, Colorado’s Commissioner of Education, in true COVID-19 era fashion: on a Zoom celebration.

“Gerardo Muñoz is highly respected by his colleagues and students,” said Anthes. “He is an active voice in his community and encourages those around him to speak up on important issues. Colorado is lucky to have him as one of our dedicated educators, especially during this challenging time.”

The Colorado Education Association (CEA) is a longtime sponsor of the Colorado Teacher of the Year Award, and will provide Muñoz with a stipend to travel in his new role and to engage in networking opportunities with past Colorado Teachers of the Year. CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert attended the online ceremony to congratulate Muñoz, who is a member of the Denver Classroom Teachers’ Association.

“Gerardo truly represents what it means to be the best of the best,” said Baca-Oehlert, a high school counselor. “Gerardo gives 100% of himself to his students, community, and his family. He is an example of a teacher who brings passion to his teaching, bringing content to life and connecting and building genuine relationships with his students. Gerardo exemplifies the definition of teacher and Colorado is well represented with him as its 2021 Teacher of the Year.”

Muñoz began teaching social studies in 2000 and has been with his current school since 2007. A tireless champion of anti-oppression awareness and training, he is the recipient of many awards including the Grogan Family and Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award in 2006, the University of Denver Summit Award in 2009, and the Denver Public Schools Mile High Teacher Award in 2012. Muñoz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.

Muñoz will compete for the National Teacher of the Year Award and will be honored with other state Teachers of the Year at a White House ceremony. CEA would like to congratulate the other six finalists for 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year award for their hard work and commitment: Anna Conrad (Harrison High School, Harrison District 2 and Harrison Association for Education Employees member), Lisa Crabtree (Fruita Monument High School, Mesa County Valley 51 and Mesa Valley Education Association member), Holly Haverkorn (Mitchell High School, Colorado Springs School District 11 and Colorado Springs Education Association member), Joe Hites (Vista Ridge High School, School District 49), Tricia Kearns (Webber Middle School, Poudre School District and Poudre Education Association member), Rachel Lamb (Inspire Elementary School, Denver Public Schools and Denver Classroom Teachers Association member).

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