Awarded teacher rewards her students


Catherine McAtee, third grade teacher at Hanna Elk Mountain (HEM) Elementary, was named one of ten winners of the 2015 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award, granting her statewide recognition. With the money that she won, she took students on a trip to the Denver Zoo where they learned about diverse climates and were able to go inside the pachyderm exhibit. In addition to the trip, she donated a pottery kiln to the school. McAtee decided to give back to the school instead of spending it on herself.

She has 28 years of teaching experience, though things might have turned out differently. Whe...

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