Colorado Teacher Of The Year Now A National Finalist

Susan Elliott Has Been Teaching For 31 Years

An English and social studies teacher at Highlands Ranch High School has been chosen as one of four finalists for the 2009 National Teacher of the Year award.

Susan Elliott was already honored as Colorado Teacher of the Year.

Elliott has taught for 31 years, the last six at Highlands Ranch High School.

“Everyone who has met Susan Elliott knows she is a special teacher with a special talent to connect with students,” said Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones. “We wish her well in the final round but we know already she’s a real winner.”

A panel of educators, representing the 15 largest national education organizations, chose the finalists from the 2009 teachers of the year representing each state.

The winner will be recognized by President-elect Barack Obama likely during the week of April 27—May, 1, 2009.

Learn more about Elliott and the other finalists on the Web site for the Council of Chief State School Officers.