Mountain Range teacher named Colorado Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:30am
Colorado Teacher of the Year

Hilary Wimmer named from seven finalists across the state

Hilary Wimmer, Career and Technical Education Instructional Leader, DECA Advisor and High School of Business coordinator at Mountain Range High School, was named the Colorado Department of Education Teacher of the Year for the state of Colorado at a surprise assembly at her school on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 

Mrs. Wimmer will go on to become Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. In May 2019, Mrs. Wimmer was named Adams 12 Five Star Schools Educator of the Year. This is the first Colorado teacher of the year for Adams 12 Five Star Schools since Michele Pearson, Hulstrom K-8, in 2011.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Hilary has been named the Colorado teacher of the year and could not think of a more deserving educator,” said Superintendent Chris Gdowski. “Whether it’s caring for students by helping them overcome obstacles or collaborating with business partners to provide unprecedented learning opportunities for students, Mrs. Wimmer exemplifies our district strengths and is a model teacher for our district and state. This recognition demonstrates the work that Hilary and all of the teachers in our district do to elevate student success in every classroom, every day."

Learn about Hilary

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 Mountain Range High School 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 districtwide 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.