DPS teacher named 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year
Gerardo Mu˝oz, a social studies teacher at Denver Center for International Studies at Baker in Denver Public Schools, was named Coloradoĺs 2021 Teacher of the Year in a special virtual ceremony today.
ôI am honored and excited to announce that Gerardo Mu˝oz has been selected as Coloradoĺs 2021 Teacher of the Year,ö said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. ôIn an exceptionally tough year, we are grateful to have outstanding educators like Mr. Mu˝oz who dedicate their time and energy to supporting our students. Mr. Mu˝oz is a respected leader in his school and community. He encourages students to speak up on important issues and inspires them to pursue their passions. We are excited to watch his journey as our Colorado Teacher of the Year!ö
As Teacher of the Year, Mu˝oz will represent the entire profession in Colorado and be the public face of Coloradoĺs teachers. He will be entered as Coloradoĺs nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Program competition and will receive many professional development opportunities. Mu˝oz, along with the countryĺs other teachers of the year, will be honored at a special ceremony at the White House and become a member of the Colorado Education Commissionerĺs Teacher Cabinet.
ôMr. Mu˝oz is an incredible educator deserving of this honor,ö said Susana Cordova, Denver Public Schools superintendent. ôMr. Mu˝oz taught both of my children while they were students in DPS, and I know firsthand how he impacted them during their time in his classroom. His dedication to his students is representative of many outstanding educators you will find in DPS classrooms. He inspires, guides and uplifts students on a daily basis, and I am honored to serve our students alongside him.ö
Mu˝oz has taught middle and high school students at the Denver Center for International Studies at Baker for 14 years. His classes include Concurrent Enrollment Ethnic Studies, Advanced Placement World History and 5280 Challenge/Student Board of Education through DPSĺs Student Voice and Leadership program.
During his 21 years in education, Mr. Mu˝oz has been involved in a number of programs, initiatives and organizations to promote equity and anti-racism, including EduColor, Choose, the National Education Associationĺs Racial and Social Justice Conference, and the University of Coloradoĺs Teachers of Color and Allies Summit. Mu˝oz earned his Bachelor of arts degree in history and Latin American studies from the University of Colorado, as well as a Master of arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver.
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