Gerardo Muñoz, a social studies teacher at Denver Center for International Studies at Baker and Morgridge alum, was named the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year today in a surprise announcement by Dr. Katy Anthes, Colorado’s Commissioner of Education, in true COVID-19 era fashion: on a Zoom celebration. Muñoz received his Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.

Muñoz began teaching social studies in 2000 and has been with his current school since 2007. A tireless champion of anti-oppression awareness and training, he is the recipient of many awards including the Grogan Family and Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award in 2006, the University of Denver Summit Award in 2009, and the Denver Public Schools Mile High Teacher Award in 2012.

Muñoz will compete for the National Teacher of the Year Award and will be honored with other state Teachers of the Year at a White House ceremony.

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