Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Ellicott assistant principal gets state honor

    Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Susan Flores, assistant principal of Ellicott Elementary School, has been named the 2015 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for Colorado by the Colorado Association of School Executives. An educator for more 17 years, Flores is in her second year in the job at Ellicott...

  • Tickets for LeVar Burton's Colorado Springs discussion go on sale Tuesday

    Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Tickets go on sale Tuesday for a talk by former Star Trek actor and Emmy Award-winning host of "Reading Rainbow" LeVar Burton. He will speak at 7 p.m. April 14 in the Gallogly Events Center on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Burton, 58, will discuss literacy in...

  • Woodland Park High gets national teaching award

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Carrie Sexton Harper, a 2004 graduate of Woodland Park High School who earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is rocking it as a teacher. She won the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Award for Educators - the teaching equivalent of an...

  • Colorado Springs could get two more charter schools

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    An informational meeting for two possible new charter schools in Colorado Springs, the Adventures for Learning Career Academies, will be held at 1:15 p.m. March 14 at the Ruth Holley Library, 685 North Murray Blvd. The nonprofit school caters to at-risk students by offering...

  • Survey of Colorado teaching, learning conditions starts this week

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The fourth rendition of a biennial statewide survey initiated in 2008 to gauge teaching and learning conditions in public schools will launch Wednesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond announced Monday. School-based educators are being...

  • Widefield teacher to speak to Congress about P.E. funding

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Josh Tutje, a P.E. teacher at Sproul Junior High in Widefield School District 3, will meet with lawmakers in Washington D.C. Tuesday and Wednesday to advocate for federal support for physical education and health programs in public schools. Tutje will be among 122 teachers from 37...

  • Students can show appreciation for bus drivers Friday during national campaign

    Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    One of the most underappreciated people working in public schools has got to be the bus driver. Friday the 13th is the chance for students and parents to show a little love for the person who makes sure students get to and from school safely. As part of the eighth annual National...

  • Sign Choir lets Colorado Springs students feel the music

    Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    It's 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, and SueAnn Gurwell's classroom at Stratton Elementary School is filling up. Students from elementary, middle and high schools from throughout Colorado Springs School District 11 are reporting for choir practice. It's no ordinary ensemble,...

  • Drug addiction takes Colorado Springs woman, family through hell; can she make it back?

    Updated: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    Jamie Maine has a love-hate relationship with heroin, her go-to drug. The highly addictive opiate can be snorted, smoked or injected into the veins. It's easier to get than pills, cheaper than meth and produces more euphoria. "It's great if you want to be numb," she says. "But it...

  • Colorado Springs high school makes improvements after last month's security breach

    Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Pine Creek High School has improved school security after last month's breach when a man who appeared to have been drinking walked into the school and sat down in a classroom, officials announced Friday, Two major changes have been made to the high school's entrance, according to a...

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