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October 22, 2021
Glenwood Springs Science Teacher Named 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year
Autumn Rivera chosen among seven finalists
DENVER – Autumn Rivera, a sixth-grade science teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School in the Roaring Fork School District was named 2022 Colorado Teacher of the year today. The surprise announcement came at a limited capacity ceremony in Glenwood Springs.
“I am honored to announce that Autumn Rivera is our state’s next Teacher of the Year,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “In a time where it is more important than ever for students to feel supported in and out of the classroom, Ms. Rivera goes above and beyond to build trusting relationships with her students and their families. We have heard firsthand from her school community how inspired they are by Ms. Rivera’s passion for science, her dedication to the teaching profession and her commitment to equity. I am ecstatic to work with her during her journey as our Colorado Teacher of the Year!”
The Colorado Education Association (CEA) is a longtime sponsor of the Colorado Teacher of the Year Award, and will provide Rivera with a stipend to travel in her new role and to engage in networking opportunities with past Colorado Teachers of the Year. Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association, attended Friday’s ceremony to congratulate Rivera, who is a member of the Roaring Fork Community Education Association.
“Autumn Rivera’s selection as the 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year is a reflection of who she is and what she means to her students and her community,” said Baca-Oehlert. “She is a passionate educator who helps her students realize their self-worth and potential. Autumn wants to ensure that her students, no matter where they come from, realize that change begins with them.”
Rivera was selected over six other finalists. A sixth grade science teacher and adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College, she is a 2004 graduate of Colorado College with a bachelor’s in biology. She also earned two master’s degrees from Colorado College in Teaching Secondary Science and the one from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in Educational Leadership. She is a member of the Colorado Science Conference Planning Committee and the Steering Committee with the Colorado Science Education Network and is the Region 3 Elementary Board representative for the Colorado Association of Science Teachers. She also volunteers with the American Association of Chemistry Teachers.
Rivera 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 next year. CEA would like to congratulate the other six finalists for the 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year award for their hard work and commitment: Carrianna DePace (Mountain Vista Community School, Harrison School District 2), Julia Ferre (SkyView Academy, Douglas County School District), Emmylou Harmon (West Grand High School, West Grand School District, West Grand Education Association), Ashley Lowe (Falcon Middle School, School District 49), Cristina Vanzo (Craig Middle School, Moffat County School District RE1, Moffat County Education Association), and Paula Wilderman (Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County, Colorado Charter School Institute).