Shawn Carstensen Hays sets high expectations and motivates her second-grade students to excel at Pomona Elementary School in Grand Junction. Her "Book Talks" allow students to work together as they share information about topical reading materials. As a result, even remedial readers make significant gains while helping their classmates learn. Mrs. Hays also conducts a photography project in which students use a disposable camera to take photos for a book which they write and present to their families. In addition to standard report card grading, she implemented a continuum evaluation process that includes regular communication with parents to demonstrate their children's specific needs in reading, writing and mathematics. A Nationally Board Certified teacher, Mrs. Hays also created a conflict management program that helps students learn to resolve their own problems both in and out of the classroom.
1989 University of Iowa, B.A.
MA, Education, Literacy, December 2004 from Adams State University
Educational Leadership Endorsement Program, May 2012 from Colorado Mesa University
Coach for the Teacher Leadership Institute for the state of Colorado
Coach for Girls on the Run for Mesa County
Outstanding Educator for the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Spring 2002
National Board Certified Teacher (2001, 2011, 2021)
Distinguished Student Award (Recognized for outstanding leadership, scholarship and commitment to education), CMU Spring 2012