Alumni Update: Heidi Nickels Pace

Heidi Nickels Pace

I am currently in my third year as Superintendent of Summit County Schools. It’s a district with 3200 students surrounded by breathtaking ski resorts.

Thanks to the MAT program, I have enjoyed a long and stimulating career in education, with 27 years spent in Colorado Springs in Academy District 20. I credit the MAT program (as well as my undergraduate years at CC) with launching my career.

Heidi Nickels Pace
Ph.D. (DU) 2008
MAT 1984
BA (CC) 1982

Screening of “American Promise”

The Colorado College Education Department presents the documentary “American Promise.” Click here to view the invitation.American Promise logo

American Promise
Monday, February 3, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache La Poudre Street
Light refreshments to follow

Two boys and their families struggle with stereotypes and identity, navigate learning differences, and take increasingly divergent paths on their road to graduation.

Sponsored by: Feminist and Gender Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and Psychology, and the Campus Activities Office.

Colorado Springs Science Center Reception

You are cordially invited to join faculty and staff from Colorado College, as well as our guest, Dr. Steve Rothsteinfor wine and hors d’oeuvres to learn more about a community initiative we are very excited about:

The Colorado Springs Science Center Project
Tutt Science Building Atrium
1112 N. Nevada Ave. 

Friday, January 17th, 2014
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Colorado Springs Science Center

Colorado Springs Science Center

Science Centers are places of connections in communities…

Science Centers create forums for the exchange of ideas, hosting debates and talks, and sponsoring programs where discussions can take place around science and technology related issues to help better our community.  A Science Center is a place about hands-on, informal learning for all ages. It is a place that will reach out to schools and the broader community with programs, research, curricula and learning experiences that fuel a greater understanding of how science and technology affects our lives.  Science Centers are a place to showcase local and regional science and technology innovation and research, a tourist attraction, a revenue generator, a place that propels downtown progress. A Science Center would attract jobs, people and business to Colorado Springs.

This event at Colorado College is not a fundraiser, but simply a casual, informal, fun gathering to share an evolving, developing idea in our community.

Please RSVP to  to let us know if you are able to attend.

Thanks! We look forward to talking about this community project with you!

Paul Kuerbis
Mike Taber
Steve Getty

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CC Job Opening: Visiting Assistant Professor – Literacy Development

The Education Department at Colorado College, a selective private liberal arts institution, invites applications for a full-time visitor at the Assistant Professor level in Literacy and Early Childhood/Elementary Education (P-5) beginning fall 2014. We seek a colleague with expertise in literacy, most specific to the elementary years, and P-12 school experience (as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, or literacy resource teacher). The position requires teaching six courses an academic year across our undergraduate Education major and the Teacher Preparation Program (Masters of Art in Teaching).  Specific courses include literacy courses (ED470, ED472, ED476), Introductory Education (ED211, ED250), and Education Research Design (ED260).

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Position Available: Middle School Math Teacher (Vail Valley)

Stone Creek Charter School (located in the Vail Valley) has an immediate opening for a highly qualified, 5th-8thgrade Math Teacher capable of teaching high school preparatory subjects (Pre-algebra, Algebra and Geometry) and possibly higher level math courses. The position is available beginning January 2014. The position could become a full time position for the 2014-15 school year.

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City Year Accepting Applications Until November 15

City Year is an education focused, non profit organization that helps students stay in school, and on track to graduate.  There are over one million drop outs a year, and it has been found that students who reach the tenth grade are four times more likely to finish high school.  City Year serves in 25 sites across the United States where the drop-out crisis is most prevalent.  Corps members work as near-peer tutors, meaning they are partnered with a teacher in either a math or reading class to provide whole class support, and small group interventions to the lower performing students in the class.  Corps members also serve as mentors to their students through lunch and after school programming.  Benefits to joining this organization include a biweekly stipend, an education award which is obtained once a Corps members has completed 1700 hours of service, and exceptional networking opportunities with City Year alumni.  Anyone who has achieved at least a high school diploma, and is between the ages of 17-24 is eligible to apply.  The application, and more information about the program can be found at, and the next application deadline is November 15th.  I know this is coming up extremely soon, so it is important for potential applications to note that the application can be completed in a very short time frame, and recommenders will have five extra business days after the deadline to complete their forms, so long as the applicant submits their application by the deadline.

Kellie Palmblad Receives International Teaching Award

Kellie Palmblad (MAT 2014) has received the 2013 Nancy Petry Grant from the Institute of International Education in Denver. At $5,000, Kellie has been awarded the largest grant possible. She will further her knowledge in Secondary Language Art and Literature Education next spring in either New Zealand or Norway.

Congratulations, Kellie!

Kellie Palmblad, recipient of the 2013 Nancy Petry Grant.

Kellie Palmblad, recipient of the 2013 Nancy Petry Grant.










Kellie Palmblad is a graduate candidate for the Master of Arts degree at Colorado College. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This spring she will be traveling abroad to finish her student teaching in either New Zealand or Norway. This will mark the beginning of her work in instruction as an international educator. Her passion for education and the arts was ignited in 2006 when she began her work in elementary special education. She is now doing her masters work in English Language Arts and is completing research in the uses of creative writing instruction. The importance of integrating global education and cultural diversity through personal connection is part of Kellie’s personal teaching philosophy. Kellie is also a writer, musician and artist. She is deeply honored to have been selected by IIE for the Nancy Petry Award.