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CCIC educator honored as Colorado Marketing Education Association Teacher of the Year

CCIC business services teacher Kim Reiser Cherry Creek Innovation Campus business services teacher Kim Reiser learned she had been named 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Marketing Education Association (CMEA) during the Colorado State DECA Conference, which was held virtually on February 25. Ironically, that was a snow day in the Cherry Creek School District, so she was at home when she got the good news.

“It was a complete surprise! I did cry in my living room,” Reiser recalled. “If I had been at school, I would have been a puddle, so I’m glad it happened at home.”

You can watch the award announcement at 3:15 in this video.

Reiser teaches project management, marketing and business at CCIC, and the next day, her students and colleagues celebrated her award.

CCIC business services teacher Kim Reiser “The kids brought flowers and my colleague had the plaque,” she said.

The CMEA Teacher of the Year award recognizes marketing education teachers who provide outstanding programs for youth and/or adults within their communities. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward all phases of the marketing education program, including class instruction, working with a DECA chapter, supporting work-based learning programs and more.

CCIC Principal Mark Morgan said Reiser is very deserving of the recognition.

 “Kim is an outstanding teacher and leader in our building. It doesn’t surprise me at all to see that the Colorado Marketing Education Association has honored her with this award,” he said. “She works tirelessly to bring a true, work-based learning environment to her students. She is one more example of the amazing teachers we have in the Cherry Creek School District.”

Reiser said she is simply doing the job she loves, just like her fellow marketing education colleagues across Colorado.

“I feel like we all do amazing things and we don’t need to be recognized for doing them,” she said. “But it’s really cool when someone acknowledges your work and honors you for it. It’s just nice to be in that company, on that list with people who are doing amazing things around the state.”

Congratulations, Kim Reiser!

Posted 3/8/2021.