Recognizing Great TPS Partnerships and Smart Collaborations

Recognizing Great TPS Partnerships and Smart Collaborations

In an effort to expand the TPS Colorado and Western Region programs to formally include the many great TPS ambassadors across the state, we held a Level III training on November 5, 2015. The purpose was to bring together collaborating TPS partners to realign goals after so much has changed throughout the last decade.

These partners will ensure success within TPS by helping teachers with smart collaboration opportunities for professional development, as well as to find new and innovative ways to inspire students in the classroom.

These collaborating partnerships just simply make sense. Each of us provide a unique skillset and want to achieve the same goals in education and professional development. With these K-12, University, and Organizational professionals, we are able to cover a broad spectrum of diverse educational professionals.




Laura Israelsen

Laura is a Teacher Librarian who teachers 21st Century Learning at Hulstrom Options K-8 School, 2010 Colorado Library of the Year, and part of the Two Geeky Teachers duo working to form connections between technology and learning.   

Twitter: @LIsraelsen / @2GeekyTeachers


Kelly Jones-wagy

Kelly is a Social Studies Teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, CO.


Michelle Pearson

Michelle is a Master Teacher and Social Studies Educator and Department Chair at Adams 12 School District. She is also part of the Two Geeky Teachers duo, historic preservationist, and 2011 Colorado Teacher of the Year.  

Twitter: @tchpreservation / @2GeekyTeachers




Philip Bernhardt

Philip is the Department Chair of Secondary Education, K-12 Education, & Educational Technology and Assistant Professor at MSU Denver.


Steven Kalmon

Stevan is the Director of Council on 21st Century Learning and has 25 years experience in teaching K-12.


Todd Laugen

Todd is a History Professor at MSU Denver who specializes in American History after 1865.


Rolly Schendel

Rolly is a Reading and Literacy Professor for the School of Education at MSU Denver and previously was an elementary school teacher for nine years.


Organizations and Consulting  


Celeste Archer

Celeste is the Founding Executive Director of the Colorado Student Leaders Institute, an affiliate of the National Conference of Governor’s Schools, and Director of External Communications for National History Day in Colorado.

Twitter: @COHistoryDay


Sherrie Galloway

Sherrie is an Education Consultant specializing in primary sources for the K-12 classroom in Grand Junction, Colorado. Prior to that, she was a Teacher in Residence and Coordinator and Lead Facilitator for the Summer Teacher Institutes at the Library of Congress.


Cindy Stout

Cindy spent 30 years with Jeffco Public Schools in Golden, Colorado teaching history and social studies. She is now a historian and education consultant.
More and more educators and administrators are recognizing the impact that teaching with primary sources has on a student’s ability to be successful in school, whether elementary, high school, or higher education. Integrating the TPS program into already existing structures will ensure that teachers have the resources they need to enrich the quality of education for their students.

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