Two Colorado College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students have been recognized by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).
Mike Pritts and Tricia Renee Cornelius were both named to the CDHE’s inaugural Aspiring Educator Honor Roll and were honored earlier this week at the State Capitol in Denver.
Pritts, an Army veteran who was named a Tillman Scholar last year, has a deep understanding of the challenges military families endure. He entered Colorado College's program with the expressed goal of working at Fountain Fort Carson High School, hoping to create a safe and welcoming family-like community for his students whose lives are filled with uncertainty. Pritts already has secured a job as a history teacher and football coach at the high school beginning next year.
Cornelius was born to be a teacher, says Deb Mortenson, the education services manager at CC’s Education Department who officially nominated the two MAT students. “When she talks about her students, there is a light in her eye, a joy that cannot be suppressed. She is truly passionate about helping her students see their potential and giving everything of herself to help them achieve that,” Mortenson says. “Renee is dedicated to education as social justice and committed to ensuring all her students have access to high quality experiences.”
“This ceremony recognizes the tremendous impact our future educators will have on their students and the state of Colorado broadly,” says Kim Reed, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. “Educators are training the next generation of artists, engineers, scientists, and health professionals who 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.”