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‘She’s a great teacher’: Sand Creek HS teacher up for state award

Erika Siemieniec helps students in her business lab class on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Siemieniec is...
Erika Siemieniec helps students in her business lab class on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Siemieniec is one of seven finalists for Colorado Teacher of the Year. (KKTV)
Published: Oct. 14, 2019 at 7:19 AM MDT
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A Sand Creek High School business teacher has been nominated for Colorado Teacher is the Year.

Erika Siemieniec has been teaching at Sand Creek since 2011. She originally started out teaching math but then transitioned into business.

“Teaching math was really fun and engaging, but I transitioned,” Siemieniec said. “I felt the need to, kind of, do something new and rather than leave teaching, I went back and got a different degree, brought me into teaching business, and I can give kids now something that’s relatable, applicable, directly career-orientated, and I love doing that.”

Siemieniec also helps lead the school’s Future Business Leaders of America program, which has gone to nationals before.

Students say they enjoy Siemieniec’s classes because she’s an engaging teacher.

“This is my first class of the day, and I’m always excited to be in here. You learn so much, but it’s not forced on you, and this isn’t something that is required to learn, you want to learn this. It’s going to be useful when you’re an adult,” said Ashley Jones, a junior. “She teaches a lot about what you want to do after high school, so that’s like resumes, job interviews, how you act in front of people in higher positions.”

Ashley is also a member of the FBLA.

“I was in it last year as well, but this year, I’m an executive member, and I wouldn’t be able to do that without Ms. Siemieniec,” she said.

Siemieniec isn’t the only D-49 teacher up for this state award.

has been nominated, as well.

“To have a D-49 rep would be phenomenal,” Siemieniec said. “It just really strengthens what we are doing here and D-49. It’s awesome.”

The Colorado Department of Education is set to announce the Teacher of the Year on Nov. 1. That person will go on to represent Colorado in the National Teacher of the Year competition.