Parker teacher receives high honor

July 1, 2017 by  

Shannon Shelton, an eighth-grade history teacher from Cimarron Middle School in Parker, was recently honored by the Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars as its Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. Shelton was presented this honor at the annual state convention of the VFW in Colorado Springs.

Shelton commented that the sacrifices and courage of those who serve out country enable her to be the teacher that she is. She added that her enjoyment of teaching comes from being able to show how history connects students to the people they learn and read about in books.

Projects which her students have done include writing biographies of two veterans which were submitted to the Library of Congress for the Veterans History Project, organizing the annual Veterans Day ceremony for the school, participating in Red Rocks 9/11 stair climb that is held every year, and various other community service projects.

At the local level, the Parker VFW Post 4266 gave Shelton a cash award, a certificate, as well as a check for her school. Shelton then went on to advance to the district and state competitions and is now eligible for the National Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award competition.

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