May 1, 2017

Lucia Cordovano, a 6th grade special education teacher at STRIVE Prep – Westwood, always Lucia-Cordovano-headshotknew she wanted to work with children in some capacity, but it wasn’t until majoring in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at University of Colorado Boulder that she discovered her passion was teaching special education.

Three years ago, she started on the path to receiving her teaching credentials. Through STRIVE Prep’s collaboration with ASPIRE to Teach, an alternative teaching licensure program (through University of Colorado Denver) she was able to earn her special education teaching credentials while working in a full-time position at STRIVE Prep – Westwood.

This year, she became an award winning educator as one of three recipients of the “Outstanding New Educator Award” from the National Association for Alternative Certifications (NAAC).

Recipients of the award are selected from a national pool of nominees and demonstrate passion and commitment to every student during their first three years of teaching after completing certification through and alternative route.

“My truly amazing students inspire me to be a better teacher every day,” Ms. Cordovano explained.

As a recipient of the award, Ms. Cordovano was given a monetary award as well as a travel expenses to attend the 2017 NAAC National Conference where she and two other awardees were honored.

Congratulations Ms. Cordovano, and thank you for all you do to serve our scholars!

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