- Cherry Creek School District No. 5
Overland High School teacher named Denver Nuggets MVT
There was an impromptu party outside Overland High School on March 11 to celebrate computer science teacher Kate McDonnell.
“She’s a really amazing teacher,” said Overland freshman Elijah Biehl. “She’s loving, she’s always there, she’s understanding and she supports me and everyone else, no matter what.”
McDonnell was named Most Valuable Teacher for the month of March by the Denver Nuggets. March is Women’s Empowerment month, and the Nuggets honored McDonnell for empowering her students, especially female students, to participate in STEM programs, to get more involved in technology and robotics, and to become leaders in those areas as well.
McDonnell, who sponsors the OHS Robotics Club and teaches computer science at Overland, Cherry Creek Elevation and the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, said she was surprised and honored by the recognition.
“You don’t realize the impact you have until something like this happens,” McDonnell said. “It’s great. It’s cool, because this is about relationships.”
Several of McDonnell’s robotics students, including Biehl, were on hand when the Nuggets crew arrived after school on March 11. The crew included Community Ambassador and former Nuggets center Ervin Johnson and the Nuggets SuperMascot Rocky. They brought McDonnell a Nuggets goodie bag and a $500 classroom improvement grant.
The Nuggets MVT program encourages teachers and school administrators to continually strive for excellence and leadership at their schools.
Congratulations, Ms. McDonnell!