Congratulations to Serena Manigold our May Teachers First Award Winner

5:59 PM, May 22, 2024
5:59 PM, May 22, 2024

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This month's Teachers First recipient goes to Serena Manigold, a teacher at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy.

Assistant Principal Macie VanBueren says Manigold is innovative, creative and always quick to jump on board.

Some of Manigold's students said she is amazing and nice.

A parent of one of Manigold's students said transitioning for military families is difficult, but Manigold went above and beyond.

Congratulations, Miss Manigold, on being named News5's Teachers First Award for May!

If you know a teacher in the community, you would like to nominate, there is a link to do so below.

Teacher’s First Award Qualifications

  • One teacher a month, from September through May will be chosen to receive the award.
  • Teachers First recipients will receive $500 for classroom supplies for the following year.
  • They will receive a $100 gift card that may be used at any Salsa Brava or Urban Egg location.


  • To recognize and honor teachers who exemplify excellence in teaching.
  • To encourage and inspire others.
  • To raise the importance of the teaching profession.


  • Must currently teach in a Southern Colorado accredited public or private K-12 school.


Nominations will be accepted all year. Applications received in the summer months will be considered the following semester. Please do not submit additional support materials (photos, DVD’s, audio cassettes)
Nominations must include:

  • The Nomination Form
  • Letter of Nomination

CLICK HERE to submit your nomination online. Nominations can also be submitted by mail - DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE. Nomination materials will not be returned. Only complete nominations will be considered. The winner will be featured on News5. (Winner, nominee, and school agree to be featured on News5.)


  • Describe specific examples of how this teacher cares.
  • Describe how this teacher provides a positive, stimulating classroom.
  • Explain how this teacher makes a connection with his/her students.
  • Tell what this teacher does that is above and beyond normal duties.
  • Be specific on how the teacher helps develop successful members of the community.

Email nomination and letters of recommendation to -
Use this address for regular mail: Teachers First c/o News5, 2200 7th Ave., Pueblo, Co 81003

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