Shawna Magtutu, a counselor at Delta High School, is the recipient of an Outstanding Colorado Educator award from the University of Colorado Boulder.
The award is presented to high school educators throughout Colorado who have demonstrated a commitment to helping students achieve their higher education goals. The educators are principals, counselors, teachers and high school staff members. These educators have dedicated their time and work to help support students in pursuing their higher education dreams.
Magtutu was nominated by Holly Teyler-Crowder. CU shared the nomination paragraph that convinced admissions officials Magtutu was a deserving award recipient:
"Mrs. Magtutu has been working in education as a school counselor at Delta High School for the past 11 years. Her background in higher education work at CSU helped develop a passion and the knowledge necessary to be an advocate and support system to students in the public education system. Mrs. Magtutu has put hours of work into grant writing to bring support to DHS for CTE pathways, STEM programs, additional counselors in the district, and others. She meets with students to know his or her individual story and desires as they pursue higher education. Her experience in higher ed allows her to tap into the appropriate resources to help students be most successful, all the while making the decision that is best for him or her. Even after students have left our building, Shawna works to make sure they are supported and are aware of other opportunities that may exist for them. Mrs. Magtutu is deserving of this recognition because so much of what she does, she does out of the goodness of her heart. She wants to do what is right for kids and does right by the kids as a result."
Magtutu expressed her sincere surprise and honor at being selected.
"I truly believe I am only a small vessel amidst a rising tide of amazing teachers, community members and parents that have helped shape the achievements and milestones of students at Delta High School," she said.
"Of special recognition are the relentless hours and dedication to student care, safety, and well-being given by the amazing team in the counseling office -- Holly Teyler-Crowder, Jessica Schneider and Cheri Reece. I solely credit this amazing team for my ability to provide services and support for our students, school and community."