Colleen Campos, a science teacher at Grandview High School, received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Teaching Earth Sciences and was named Teacher of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) and the RMAG Foundation.
Campos teaches Earth Science and Astronomy to junior and senior students at Grandview, where she is highly respected by her students and colleagues alike. She is recognized as a special teacher not only for her excellence in teaching, but also her ability to work with students of differing abilities. She provides an engaging classroom environment with high expectations, believing that her students can excel regardless of their past experiences in school. Campos imparts an infectious enthusiasm to her students and makes the study of science an integral part of their daily lives. She promotes excellence in teaching, and her colleagues regularly seek her advice when making curriculum and teaching decisions in their classes.
Campos is committed to creating a scientific mindset in a young person and making the learning process interesting. In order to teach a quality science program, she has made a personal commitment to stay professionally current by attending professional development and training programs. Her earth science course introduces students to the major principles of geology, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. The course utilizes problem solving techniques and experimentation to support a project-based structure. Her curriculum emphasizes earth changes over time and the importance of earth resources as well as their impact on our economy and lifestyles, underscoring particularly, the necessity of becoming conscientious, responsible, and informed stewards of the earth. Campos is a firm believer that science education must include time in the field, and so she leads her students through field experiences entitled: Weathering Walks, Creating Topographic Maps, Star Parties, and Solar Viewings.
Outside the classroom, Campos is a Boy Scout counselor for the Geology, Soil & Water Conservation, Environmental Science, Weather, Astronomy, Space Exploration, and Archeology merit badges. She has created and wrote a curriculum on short-lesson activities and laboratory experiences for the Earth Science portion of the Prentice Hall “Science Explorer Series.” She has also taught elementary age students in summer recreation science programs for the city of Aurora.
Colleen Campos is an exceptional teacher and an outstanding example of those dedicated educators who make a significant and positive impact on our children. It is to people like Colleen that we owe our gratitude for developing young minds and planting the seed for an interest and appreciation of geology and the sciences. She represents the best of those who teach earth science and is a very deserving educator worthy to be presented the RMAG’s 2013 Teacher of the Year Award.
A subcommittee of the K-12 Education and Public Outreach Committee solicits and judges applications submitted by teachers from the Front Range area. At the August 7 RMAG luncheon, Campos was presented with a cash award and a plaque provided by the RMAG Foundation. The Teacher of the Year program is now in its thirteenth year, and it is through the generous donations and supporters of the Foundation that make this all possible.
Posted August 19, 2013.