State Group Honors Center for Urban Education Director, Student

Center for Urban Education director Rosanne Fulton and first-year CUE student Brandi Alexander were honored earlier this month by the Education Center, a Denver-based nonprofit organization that seeks to empower educators and parents to become advocates for students who are at risk of not completing their education.

Fulton received the center's "Friend of Salute" award, which recognizes "an outstanding individual of any race who has dedicated their life to inspire and motivate the underserved students, parents, and Black community of Colorado."

Fulton was named the director of the Center for Urban Education in July 2014. She has 33 years of public education experience and holds a doctorate from the University of Denver, a master's degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

She is a former principal and teacher and she has a strong background in mathematics curriculum and working with nontraditional students. "I am very grateful for this recognition," said Fulton. "I love all of the opportunities we have at our Center for Urban Education to work across racial lines to support the development of teachers who have the confidence and skills to change the world."

Alexander was given the "Paraprofessional Educator of the Year" award in recognition of her decision to pursue her bachelor's degree in Special Education after working as an educational paraprofessional for 10 years. A single mother, she currently works at Cole Arts and Science Academy in Denver while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at UNC.

Fulton and Alexander received their awards during the center's annual Salute to Excellence in Education gala in Denver.

Brandi Alexander, left, and Rosanne Fulton