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Soroco science teacher Janet Peasley wins state education award

Soroco High School science teacher Janet Peasley poses with high school/middle school Principal George Purnell after being named Educator of the Year last month by the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. Peasley also serves as Soroco's gifted and talented coordinator.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS —Soroco High School science teacher Janet Peasley was honored as Educator of the Year last month in front of 850 educators attending the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Convention.

Peasley, who does double duty as the South Routt School District's gifted and talented coordinator, helps the district's highest-achieving students experience more depth and complexity in their studies. But Soroco Superintendent Rim Watson said Peasley approaches her role with the belief that all district students are gifted and talented. And he added that her award is a source of pride for the school district.

"Ms. Peasley brings tremendous competence, energy and engagement to her classes every day," Watson said in a news release. "She actually teaches all of her students as if they are gifted and talented by providing instruction, which exactly meets their individual learning needs. Her gaining this state-level honor is appropriate in that all Colorado teachers could learn from her."

David Luongo, assistant principal at Soroco high school and middle school, wrote that the award’s selection committee was impressed with Peasley's efforts to improve South Routt's social/emotional curriculum.

School district administrators also praised Peasley for developing a relationship with Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs, which has resulted in an expansion of the high school’s course offerings to include options that weren't previously available through Soroco's existing relationship with Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Sara Redmond, the mother of two students in Soroco's gifted and talented program, said Peasley has also educated parents on the needs of their children and how to best support them.

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"Janet leads the way for a better understanding of gifted and talented needs and gives a voice to our school's GT population," Redmond said. "Her passion for teaching, advocating and her drive to make a difference for gifted education has inspired parents, students, staff and board of education members."

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