District 11 Teacher Named 2019 CCLD Teacher of the Year
Julia Mackay, special education teacher at Chipeta Elementary School, has been named the 2019 Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities (CCLD) Teacher of the Year. Prior to her current role, Julia was an educational assistant supporting differentiation for students who showed a need for additional support in various subject areas. She is known for her persistent and brave approach to ensure adequate support is provided to students. Julia’s advocacy has led to reform in the District 11 staffing model for students with disabilities.
Chipeta Principal Sarah Scott said, “Julia embodies a culture of collaboration with staff across the school, with parents, and with our students. She collaborates with classroom teachers to ensure seamless instruction for students who struggle with learning. She ensures that intervention support, whether for students on IEPs or receiving additional support through MTSS, aligns with and supports classroom instruction. Sometimes this collaboration can be a feat of scheduling; however, Julia prioritizes this because it significantly benefits our learners.”