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  • Golden Heart Honoree: Susan Roberts

    Susan Roberts, a special education para educator at Meadow Point Elementary’s preschool, is fully invested in providing excellence for every student, no matter their background, their challenges or their unique experiences.

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  • Golden Heart Honoree: Susan Effler

    Susan Effler brings a personal commitment and investment to her work as districtwide Special Education Severe Needs Coordinator.

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  • Golden Heart Honoree Profile: Nate Bailey

    Nate Bailey works at Cherry Creek Elevation as a school counselor, actively working to remove barriers to student success and never letting physical distance prevent him from going the extra mile.

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  • Golden Heart Honoree: Melissa Wright

    As a Severe Educational Disability (SED) special education teacher at I-Team Manor, Melissa Wright teaches math and consistently goes the extra mile for her students, whether it’s helping her students start a business or get access to critical supplies.

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  • Golden Heart Honoree: Isaac Okoye

    A security specialist at Cherokee Trail High School, Golden Heart recipient Isaac Okoye demonstrates a commitment to keeping the campus safe by creating a sense of safety, acceptance and tolerance. Okoye works to forge meaningful, impactful bonds with students that will make them feel valued and valuable.

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  • Golden Heart Honoree: Norma Irgens

    Golden Heart recipient Norma Irgens helps ensure the special education department runs smoothly. She supports hundreds of staff members – from special education directors to social workers to gifted and talented coordinators – to make sure they can help students thrive.

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  • Golden Heart Honoree: Ashley Gehrke

    Ashley Gehrke, the principal of Rolling Hills Elementary, is dedicated to every student at the school, and every facet of her work reflects that commitment. More specifically, she has made a point of mediating between special education teachers and general education teachers to insure that all students receive equitable and consistent access to excellence in education.

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  • Golden Heart Honoree: Landy Phillipe

    Phillipe, a paraprofessional in the Cherry Hills Village Elementary Integrated Learning Center (ILC), has been called “the child whisperer,” finding and tapping into the potential of every child she meets. With over twenty years in the district, she has become known for her calm, grounded personality and no-nonsense approach to helping students succeed.

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