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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has written about nearly every topic at The Gazette, from religion and business to the energy industry, health care and home and garden. She currently specializes in education issues.

The 2017 teacher of the year winner was Palmer High School's Sean Wybrant, shown here hugging two of his three daughters after a ceremony at the school. Candidates for the 2018 award from the Pikes Peak region are Renee Motter, English teacher and head forensics, speech and debate coach at Air Academy High School in Academy School District 20; Wendy Murphy, a second-grade teacher at Woodmen Hills Elementary School in Falcon School District 49; and Christina Randle, a first-grade teacher at Soaring Eagles Elementary School in Harrison School District 2. Gazette file photo.
golden eagle
About a month ago, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Benjamin Meier found an injured golden eagle on the ground 20 ft. from Hwy. 24 near Divide in a rainstorm. After a month of convalescing at the Colorado Raptor Center in Pueblo, the female golden eagle was returned to the wild on Double Eagle Ranch near where she was found in Divide on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Colorado Raptor Center Diana Miller opens the king-sized crate to release the giant bird of prey. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Up to 400 students attend RAD events every week at the Tri-Lakes YMCA in Monument. Photo by Joel Shannon, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
Everest College is now Altierus Career College, in a rebranding effort that indicates a change in direction. Submitted photo.
Patrick Marchbank. Photo from GoFundMe at:
Eliana Burrs, 8, sheds tears as she hugs her mom, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Bethany Anderson-Burrs, 21st Space Wing, 4th Space Control Squadron, after she returned from a seven month deployment in Qatar Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Sgt. Anderson-Burrs surprised her two daughters, who thought she was returning at the end of August. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette