Cheryl Mosier, Policy Fellow, Colorado

State and City of Residence:

Littleton, Colorado

Job Description (grade level taught, position, title, etc.):

High School Earth Science

Why do you work in education?

I LOVE the big blue ball we live on - so teaching others to understand our planet is my passion I have taught freshmen for nearly 25 years, and love to see them grow as students and people throughout high school. Without quality educators in every classroom, the next generation may make choices that aren't good for humanity or our planet.

Last year, I was honored to participate in the Think It Up program with Donors Choose thanks to our Colorado co-manager recommending me. The four young ladies I took to the event dream of creating the Rebels Without Stress Student Lounge this year to help students have a place that is safe, welcoming and a quick reprieve from the stresses of high school.

What’s your favorite part about being an America Achieves Fellow?

The connections that I am making with other passionate educators and policy makers is amazing. I know that my testimonies (often tearful) do make an impact and help to ensure that people making decisions that impact me and my students are thoughtful and more fully informed.

If you could change just one thing about our current education system, what would it be?

TRUST EDUCATORS to do the job they have trained for!! These past few years have been super frustrating for me as a educator because of the decisions made at the school, district and state level that show the lack of respect for my profession. We are the ones with the specific training and have the passion to teach today's students, so let us do that, PLEASE!!

What is your other favorite thing to do (besides education, or course!)?

I LOVE to knit and make things for others with yummy yarn.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My hubby Chris - who teaches earth science literally next door to me!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I have loved being a part of the America Achieves program as a Fellow and now a Policy Fellow. The doors that have opened for me are impactful for so many educators, but most importantly, students. I also know that without this opportunity, one less voice would be able to speak to policy makers and make a difference for many. Thank you for helping me find my voice!