Hinkley High School counselor Courtney Dauer and College and Career Center Coordinator Jazmin Lopez are blazing a trail of excellence with the students they help every day. They have made a lasting impression on a host of Thunderbirds by helping them plan for their futures, and the Colorado State University Alliance Partnership recently recognized both women with its Outstanding Educator award.
Several former students -- all of whom are pursuing degrees at CSU -- nominated Dauer and Lopez for the honor. Through the Outstanding Educator program, the CSU Alliance Partnership recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of students.
While Dauer, a longtime counselor at Hinkley, has years of experience under her belt, Lopez has impressed her colleagues in the short amount of time she's served in her role. Both educators, however, have shown how APS staff members can help students achieve goal 1 of APS 2020: Shaping the Future while also proving that student achievement and growth are driven by a highly-effective and respected staff working together as a team.
Congratulations to both educators for this exceptional recognition!
Below are excerpts from Dauer and Lopez' nomination letters. Each were submitted by Hinkley graduates.
"Mrs. Dauer worked tirelessly in helping me achieive my dream of pursuing higher education. She guided me through the obstacles, lectured me when my stubborn nature wouldn't allow me to move forward, and most of all Courtney Dauer always supported me!" - Cecelia Jaquez
"Ms. Lopez helped guide me in the right direction and prepare me for college. Being first generation I knew I wanted to go to college but I didn't know how to get there. Ms. Lopez was the biggest help for me in attaining that goal." - Joselin Rivera
"As the head of the College and Career Center, Ms. Lopez directly helped me navigate the college application process. She told of her experiences at CSU and after visits she organized to the campus, I made my mind up to be a Ram. I am grateful for everything she has done for me." Joshua Stout