Local Elementary School teacher is one of seven finalists for Colorado Teacher of the Year

Photo of Richard Green, a finalist to win the Colorado Teacher of the Year. Photo courtesy of Shelledy Elementary School
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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Richard Green of Shelledy Elementary has been a teacher for quite some time- 39 years to be exact. This year, he has been selected to be a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year Award.

This program recognizes an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in Colorado. The sole finalist goes on to become Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

“These seven teachers serve as inspiring examples among the thousands of teachers across the state who every day go above and beyond to teach our children," said Katy Anthes, Colorado's Education Commissioner.

Green has spent the majority of his time teaching kindergarten and has been actively working to improve the kindergarten system. Green has served twice on legislative committees examining full-day kindergarten and helped form a state kindergarten association.

"I worked on full-day kindergarten for the last five years and I’m also now trying to get it to where children are getting more socialization in school," says Green.

Green was actively advocating for full-day kindergarten funding in 2019 and is currently working toward making kindergarten developmentally appropriate.

The sole finalist will be announced on November 1.

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