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UNC Grads Win Monthly Teacher Tuesday Contests

UNC alum Teacher Tuesday winners standing with Jonathan Shaw

June 13, 2019

Joyous students, an oversize check for $500 and surprised and happy faces throughout the entire school. This is the usual scene when the winner of the Teacher Tuesday award is revealed.

Once a month, students, parents, school staff and community members nominate a teacher in a Northern Colorado K-12 school for being an outstanding educator. Townsquare Media partnered with Tutoring Excellence to create this nomination process that ran from October 2018 to May 2019. The University of Northern Colorado and UNC Extended Campus sponsor the award.

Above: Lindsey Andrighetti ’18 (left), who won the December 2018 Teacher Tuesday contest, and Kelly Shepherd ’94 (right), who won the Novermber 2018 contest, pose with an oversize check from UNC's Extended Campus and with Jonathan Shaw, program and enrollment manager at UNC’s School of Teacher Education.

Since the contest started, two UNC graduates have won — Kelly Shepherd ’94 (Psychology) and Lindsey Andrighetti ’18 (Elementary Education, minor in Leadership Studies and an endorsement in ESL).

Kelly Shepherd ’94 works as a first-grade teacher at Grandview Elementary School
November 2018:
Kelly Shepherd ’94 works as a first-grade teacher at Grandview Elementary School in Windsor and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Lindsey Andrighetti ’18 works as a fourth-grade teacher at Werner Elementary in Fort Collins.
December 2018:
Lindsey Andrighetti ’18 works as a fourth-grade teacher at Werner Elementary in Fort Collins. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Leadership Studies and an endorsement in ESL.

“The fact that these amazing educators are UNC alumni is more evidence of the pride in UNC’s role in teacher preparation throughout the state and nation,” said Jonathan Shaw, program and enrollment manager at UNC’s School of Teacher Education, who personally presented the checks to the teachers.

Schools have used the contribution for classroom supplies, technology purchases and many other uses that greatly help the school.

The teachers who win also receive:

  • Pizza for a year, provided by Old Chicago
  • $50 gift card to an area restaurant
  • $10 gift card to The Human Bean
  • Free game of bowling from Chipper’s Lanes for every student in the teacher’s class

More information on Teacher Tuesday can be found at any of the Townsquare Media’s radio stations’ websites. Here’s New Country 99.1’s Teacher Tuesday webpage.

About Extended Campus

UNC Extended Campus offers online graduate degree programs for educators and collaborates with various organizations throughout Colorado to celebrate and recognize teachers in meaningful ways. Learn more about the online degree programs at extended.unco.edu.

All photos courtesty of Matt Hernandez from TownSquare Media.

—Written by Katie-Leigh Corder.

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