Music students receive recognition from Colorado Department of Higher Education

studentCongratulations to CSU’s 2019 Colorado Department of Higher Education Future Teacher Educator Honorees, The four students receiving this recognition include Elisabeth Richardson, who will complete her Bachelor of Music, Music Education Concentration in 2020.

  •               Julie Blue Arm – Art Education
  •               Aaron Nichols – Secondary English Education
  •               Kathering “Kit” Magee – Secondary English Education
  •               Elisabeth Richardson – Music Education

The Future Educator Honor Roll celebrates Colorado’s top teacher candidates from educator preparation programs from across the state. As a precursor to Teacher Appreciation Week, the ceremony honors the impact these teacher candidates will have on their future students and the state of Colorado broadly.

"Their commitment to the profession of teaching is commendable and we are so excited they choose Colorado State University and the Center for Educator Preparation to be a part of their professional journey," said Ann Sebald and Kara Coffino, co-directors of CSU's Center for Educator Preparation. "We all wish you the best of luck in your future career in education!"

In response to the news, flute professor Dr. Michelle Stanley said, "Liz is one of the best and brightest I’ve had in Music Education. This is so well deserved!"

studentSecondary English Education major, Kit Macgee, also has strong ties to the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as a multiple-year member of the CSU Marching Band saxophone section.

About Elisabeth Richardson

Elisabeth Richardson is a junior music education major at Colorado State University, whose primary instrument is the flute. She grew up in Parker, Colorado and went to Chaparral High School. She has wanted to be a music educator since she was little, and has been actively involved in as many musical programs as possible for her whole life. She is already a remarkable music educator. Whether it is teaching singing games at a local elementary school or conducting more than 100 middle school band students at the CSU Middle School Outreach Ensembles (MSOE) program, Liz is always a proactive, prepared, creative and passionate instructor. Liz regularly and consistently goes above and beyond what is expected of her for each teaching experience and class assignment. She designs creative and engaging lessons. She works to connect kindly and meaningfully with all the students in her charge. She has the heart, perseverance and passion of a great teacher!

group of educators

Dr. Angie Paccione, Colorado Department of Higher Education; Elisabeth Richardson; Dr. Colleen O'Neil, Colorado Department of Higher Education; and Christina Randle, 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year