Three outstanding Poudre School District teachers were honored for their commitment to students and education during the annual Fort Collins Rotary Clubs’ Teacher of the Year awards.
Three finalists were recognized by more than 250 Rotary members at a special luncheon Sept. 24, at the Marriott in Fort Collins. Centennial High School teacher Cassidy Montoya was named the 2013-14 Rotary Teacher of the Year.
The three finalists were selected from 27 teachers recognized by the three Rotary Clubs last year as teachers of the month. Nominees were selected because they embody Rotary International principals of service, integrity, recognition of individual worthiness, advancement of international understanding, and personal responsibility to society.
Montoya is a social studies and financial literacy teacher and the ACE (Alternative Cooperative Education) coordinator at Centennial High School. Montoya is most proud of the relationships she builds with her students and is always touched when a Centennial student honors her at their graduation ceremony, either with a rose or by asking her to walk them up the stairs during the ceremony.
Outside of the classroom, Montoya coordinates elective credits for paid employment and volunteer work hours for students. She also takes a student team to the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge every year and helps find job openings for students. Congratulations Cassidy!