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D2’s Christina Randle named 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year

It was put on the schedule as a Transportation Safety assembly on Oct. 27 for all students and staff at Soaring Eagles Elementary.

At least, that’s what Christina Randle was led to believe.

When the first grade teacher walked through the gym doors with her class, though, the secret was out.

Randle fought back tears as she quickly realized she had been named the 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Department of Education.

Randle (right) with CDE Commissioner Dr. Katy Anthes Randle was selected from a field of seven finalists, and now will represent Colorado for the next year as its top teacher.

Among the many qualities that led to Randle’s selection, her ability to provide an enthusiastic and nurturing classroom stands out.

Randle also has served on several committees while in District Two, helped with the initial creation of district math curriculum maps, and provided training for teachers both in her school and throughout the district.

Her classroom serves as a model classroom for schools around the state, and she’s also played a role in the numerous awards won by Soaring Eagles, including National Title I School of Excellence and two National Blue Ribbon School Awards.

Randle has taught in District Two for 14 years, including time at both Monterey Elementary and Soaring Eagles.

She was named District Two’s Teacher of the Year in May.

A large contingent of local and state supporters joined in on the event, including CDE Commissioner Dr. Katy Anthes, District Two Superintendent Dr. Andre Spencer, and 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year Sean Wybrant of Colorado Springs’ Palmer High School.

Randle (right) pictured with CDE Commissioner Dr. Katy Anthes