Oct 10, 2009 5:37 PM by Andy Koen
Along the banks of the Arkansas River, some 30 miles west of Cañon City lies the mountain town of Cotopaxi. It's here, at Cotopaxi Elementary, that for the past 29 years, Debra Krizmanich has taught generations of kindergarten kids.
"They're like sponges.They just learn everything and are just thirsty for knowledge and it's really fun to help be a part of that."
During the course of a school year, Debra helps her little sponges grow guiding them from learning their ABC's to reading and writing, even using proper punctuation.
Despite her tenure, "Mrs. K" says she doesn't like to teach her class the same way twice.
"People will say, 'Well, aren't you tired of doing kindergarten?' and I'll say, 'No, I've never done it the same,'" Krizmanich explains.
"I think if you do the same thing over and over and over again you can become stale. And if you're stale I don't think you're doing the best that you can."
Not getting stale helps Debra keep her energy high which is a must when it comes to reaching young minds.
"I think that is one of the key factors that what we need to do is to make sure that those young programs get started off right because that's the beginning of our life-long learning process."
And it's that commitment to bring something new to her students each year that makes Debra Krizmanich our April Teachers First award recipient.