Mountain Range home to Colorado teacher of the year finalist

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:30am
Teacher smiling with award, surrounded by students

High School teacher one of seven finalists for state educator of the year

Hilary Wimmer, Career and Technical Education Instructional Leader, DECA Advisor and High School of Business coordinator at Mountain Range High School, was named one of the Colorado Department of Education seven finalists for the 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year competition on Monday, September 9. In May 2019, Mrs. Wimmer was named Adams 12 Five Star Schools Educator of the Year. 

Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year program recognizes an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in Colorado. The sole finalist, to be announced Nov. 1, goes on to become Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Hilary Wimmer began teaching business in 2004 and was part of the inaugural staff at Mountain Range High School in Westminster, Colo., in 2006. She serves as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department chair and high school business program coordinator. Wimmer leads the largest DECA program in Colorado and was recognized as the Colorado DECA Advisor of the Year in 2016. Wimmer heads the district-wide CTE professional learning teams in curriculum development and is building a common business curriculum for students in Colorado. She was named by the national Next Gen Personal Finance Organization to be one of the Next Gen Change Makers with the goal of ensuring all students leave high school financially literate.

“No matter the professional work that Hilary is undertaking, she enters into it with passion, vision, and a true desire to make the outcome the most it can be for students,” says Mountain Range High School principal Julie Enger. “We are so lucky to have her in our school. She is always the most balanced and thoughtful leader and is trusted to keep the district connected and aligned to student success no matter the project or program.”

Mrs. Wimmer’s accolades are not only from her colleagues and other professionals, but also her students. “Mrs. Wimmer always takes the time to care about me in class, but more importantly as a person. This year, she worked with me through some difficult issues. I truly appreciate everything she has done”, Riley, a recent graduate from Mountain Range High School. 

Read more about why Mrs. Wimmer won the 2018-19 educator of the year award for Adams 12 Five Star Schools here

Read about Mrs. Wimmer and the other six finalists for the state of Colorado here.