Carrie Harper resides in Southwest Colorado with her husband and two young daughters, ages three and six. She taught in Colorado Springs and Mancos. Then, she taught in Durango at Sunnyside Elementary in second and third grade where she received the Milken Educators Award in 2014. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership, she taught second grade at Florida Mesa Elementary where she hosted Lab classrooms to further professional development among educators. She worked with Fort Lewis College Department of Education for five years coaching student-teachers. Carrie currently owns her own business, Harper Insights, works part time for realtors with The Wells Group Real Estate Brokerage, and is the Student Accountability and Assessment Committee Chairperson at her daughter’s school. She continues to seek opportunities to work with students and teachers.
"Educators are exceptional professionals with expertise that is underrepresented to other professions and businesses. The Milken Award is, I believe, a way to speak with other professions to communicate the intentionally extraordinary work that educators conduct each and every day to raise up our youth."