Ben Magtutu, a science/physics teacher at Delta High School, has been named a 2017 Outstanding Colorado Educator by the University of Colorado Boulder. Magtutu was nominated by DHS principal Derek Carlson.
The Outstanding Colorado Educator award is presented to educators across the state who have demonstrated a commitment to helping students achieve their higher education goals.
"Mr. Magtutu instructs his classes in varied formats that allow for students to gain real experiences in learning that relate directly to higher education environments and expectations," Carlson noted in his nomination letter.
"We appreciate your hard work and dedication to your students and thank you for going above and beyond to support students in pursuing their higher education dreams," Malerie Barnes wrote in a letter to Magtutu. Barnes is director of talented scholar recruiment for CU Boulder.
Additionally, Magtutu was honored by Lizzy Ward, a 2017 Boettcher Scholar. Each scholarship recipient is given the opportunity to acknowledge the teacher who has impacted him or her the most. At a reception at the Denver Botanic Gardens in August, Ward remarked on Magtutu's influence. Each teacher also received a $1,000 grant from the foundation to be used toward an educational program or project to benefit students at his or her school.
"Colorado's kids deserve teachers who are driven and passionate about the work they do," said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation's scholarship program director. "The 42 teachers selected by our newest scholars have championed excellence in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping our scholars get to where they are today."
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.