Category: Stories - PEBC



Rural Colorado Road Trip: Lessons Learned

By John Kearney / November 16, 2021

For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I hit the road to visit the PEBC Teacher Residency’s three rural Colorado cohorts. Despite the somewhat harrowing drive through the “Disappointment Valley” of Western Colorado, it was worth every snowy mile to spend face-to-face time with our residents, […]

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Despite the Challenges, Amazing Things Happened

By PEBC / November 16, 2021

; In 2020/21, as the world retreated behind screens, we grappled with ways to stay true to our belief that community matters in teacher preparation. Thankfully, as former teachers ourselves, we are accustomed to shifting on the fly. The amazing residents and teachers of record who chose 2020, of all […]

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Rock Star Alumna Instills a Sense of Curiosity in Students

By PEBC / May 12, 2021

Wrangling rock stars in the music industry requires the same skill set as teaching a roomful of third graders.  Maybe that’s why the transition was an easy one for me. When I attended college, I did so with an intense love of learning.  I was the first in my family […]

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Learning to Teach in the Age of COVID

By Kim McGrigg / January 11, 2021

­­­­Teaching is not only a career for Alex Buck; it’s his destiny. One of Alex’s earliest memories is from second grade when he drew pictures of himself as a teacher – complete with a classroom full of students.   Fast forward to college: Alex studied History and French at the University […]

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“PEBC has been a consistent, vital tool”

By PEBC / May 4, 2020

Nicole Johnston always wanted to be a teacher. In fact, in high school, she chose to work at the on-campus pre-school and took pre-education classes that provided her with hands-on experience at the local elementary school. A true love of teaching was ignited and nurtured at a young age, and […]

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Teacher says PEBC saved her career

By PEBC / February 5, 2020

Keri Gordon’s first teacher training experience occurred early in her life when she was an elementary school student playing school with her cousins. She always played the teacher with her cousins, who were her sometimes willing and often excited students. “From the very beginning, teaching felt like the right path […]

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PEBC Teacher Residency Alumni Panel

By PEBC / November 10, 2019

PEBC Teacher Residency Alumni Brent Appelbaum, Kathleen Campbell and Meg Cypress share their thoughts about the importance of the PEBC Teacher Residency model.  Online and in-person information sessions are being held right now, so please share this video with someone who would make a great teacher! PEBC Teacher Residency Alumni […]

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“Even if I had all the money in the world, I’d be teacher.”

By PEBC / October 21, 2019

While some people are moved by a beautiful piece of art or well-crafted, stirring poetry, Nicole Snelgrove is inspired by science, saying her connection to science is “almost spiritual.” Even when she was a little girl – living in poverty – she knew science was her way out, and she […]

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“I am so grateful to PEBC for opening that door.”

By PEBC / October 15, 2019

What does a bartender with a math degree do when they realize their true calling is to be a teacher? For Sathya Wandzek the path was revealed through her work with PEBC’s Teacher Residency program. “The application was long, and I was just proud to finish it and turn it […]

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“This is where I’m supposed to be”

By PEBC / September 17, 2019

As a math and science teacher at William Smith High School in Aurora, Colo., Brendan Harrison says he consistently utilizes the training he received from PEBC. He credits PEBC with giving him the courage to step outside the box, from incorporating geometry to build a chicken coop with his class […]

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Autumn Wright

“Different from a traditional teacher program”

By PEBC / February 7, 2019

Autumn Wright’s life could have taken many paths, between IT, philosophy or teaching. A chance encounter with folks from PEBC, and an introduction to the teacher residency program, sealed her fate, and she has never looked back. “(The program) was different from a traditional college program,” Wright says. “I liked […]

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Meet Audrey Gutierrez, a PEBC Teacher Resident!

By PEBC / March 13, 2018

Resident Name: Audrey Gutierrez Region: Denver Metro Cohort Placement School/District: Creativity, Challenge, Community (C3), Denver Public Schools Mentors/Grade: Robin McCarthy & Linda Durgin, 1st Grade With a background in cultural anthropology and nonprofit administration, Audrey Gutierrez knew she wanted to work in a nonprofit with kids. When she came across […]

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Student Solving a Math Problem

Learn How to Lift the ‘Voice of Reason’ and Engage in Decision Making

By PEBC / January 23, 2018

Recently, I couldn’t help but be drawn into the space of work between my third grader, Jayden, and his dad as they were elbows deep in daily math homework. The intensity and voice pitch erupting from the other room is what caught my attention. “Dad! I know what I’m doing,” […]

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Creating Impact Through Skilled Facilitation

By PEBC / December 6, 2017

In education, it is often said, “It’s all about the kids.” And that is right. To ensure that’s the case, though, leaders have to be exquisite in the work and support given to the adults charged with student learning. Leaders have to facilitate teachers, teams and staff with the same […]

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An Interview with Katy Anderson, Colorado Teacher of the Year Finalist

By PEBC / November 3, 2017

This year, Katy Anderson, a Stanley Teacher Prep alumna, was a finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year. Below we catch up with Katy and talk about her teaching experience to date. Name: Katy Anderson Residency Year: 2012-2013 Residency Year School/District: Fall 2012 Eagleton Elementary (Mentor: Emily Fenske); Spring 2013 Stanley […]

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