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Two MAT Students Recognized as Top Teacher Candidates

Lydia Freliech ’17 and Savannah Teeple Named Colorado Future Educators

Two Colorado College Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students have been recognized by the Colorado Department of Higher Education as among Colorado’s top teacher candidates.

Lydia Freliech ’17 and Savannah Teeple were celebrated at the Colorado Future Educators Honor Roll event in Denver last week.

Freliech graduated from Colorado College last May as an education major and has completed her student teaching in a fourth- and fifth-grade classroom at Mountain Vista Community School. She earned a perfect score on her Teacher Candidate Performance Assessment and is passionate about the critical need for culturally responsive pedagogy and valuing the lived experiences of all her students.

Freliech will be completing her program capstone teaching and researching in Auckland, New Zealand, with a focus on how the educational system in New Zealand has successfully addressed the systemic oppression of the indigenous Maori population.  Beginning in August, she will be teaching fourth grade at Colfax Elementary in Denver.

Teeple entered CC’s MAT program with an impressive resume filled with environmental and outdoor education experience. She knew two things: that she loved science and she loved helping instill that love and passion in youth. A natural teacher, she blossomed in the classroom, sharing her passion and demonstrating incredible warmth and high expectations for all her students.

Teeple will be completing her program capstone teaching science in a secondary school in Hobsonville, a village of Auckland, New Zealand. Beginning in August, she will be teaching middle school science at Galileo School of Math and Science in Colorado Springs School District 11.

Freliech and Teeple join Mike Pritts and Tricia Renee Cornelius as CC Master of Arts in Teaching students recognized by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Pritts and Cornelius were named to the Educator Honor Roll in 2017.

“This ceremony recognizes the tremendous impact our future educators will have on their students and the state of Colorado broadly,” said Kim Hunter Reed, Colorado Department of Higher Education executive director. “Educators are training the next generation of artists, engineers, scientists, and health professionals that will power our economy and enliven our communities. They truly make all other professions possible. We want all teachers and administrators — and especially our young educators — to know Coloradans support and appreciate their invaluable work.”    

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