CEA Ambassador Fellowship

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The Colorado Education Association (CEA) Ambassador Fellowship enables outstanding educators (teachers and support professionals) to expand their knowledge and ability to influence educational policy and professional practice. Our CEA fellows will be at the forefront of modeling excellence in education at the local, state and national level. Through the fellowship, the Association will amplify educator voice with quality learning and working conditions and civic engagement on issues that impact public education. The application process is currently closed.

Please contact Cassie Harrelson, CEA's Director of Professional Practice, at charrelson@coloradoea.org with any questions.

AEA Vice President Yolanda Calderon (far left) testifies at the Colorado State Capitol.
AEA Vice President Yolanda Calderon (far left) testifies at the Colorado State Capitol.

Music teacher, Aurora EA Vice President and CEA Ambassador Fellow Yolanda Calderon, testified on Thursday, Jan. 25, in support of Rep. Michael Merrifield’s Arts Bill. Thank you, Yolanda for all you do for your students, your community and our association!

Sen. Nancy Todd visited Eastridge Elementary as part of the “invite your legislator to school” initiative

For Senator Nancy Todd (D-Aurora), Eastridge Elementary in Cherry Creek School District is where her lifelong commitment to public education began over 30 years ago. Not only was she a teacher there, she also met her husband, Terry Todd there. Read more>>>

Sen. Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) and CEA Ambassador Fellow Shannon Peterson
Sen. Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) and CEA Ambassador Fellow Shannon Peterson

CEA Ambassador Fellow envisions reinventing his school into a 'community school'

L to R: State Rep. Donald Valdez, CEA Dir. Professional Practice Cassie Harrelson, CEA Ambassador Fellow Robert Donovan, CEA VP Amie Baca-Oehlert

After the school day ended at Risley Middle in east Pueblo, Dec. 13, about 75 community members gathered in the school’s media center to discuss the way forward for students and their families. The East Side Community Forum was coordinated and led by eighth grade teacher Robert Donovan. He envisions reinventing Risley as a ‘community school’ where the education of children is the beginning piece of community support.

“We want to build lasting partnerships to create a hub for the surrounding community, looking to the school and nearby facilities as that hub so that students, their families and the community are receiving the essential services they need to be healthy, happy and successful,” said Donovan. Read more >>>

CEA Ambassador Fellow Sean Davis reflects on the recent Graduation Guidelines Summit

CEA Ambassador Fellow Sean Davis, Denver South High School special education teacher, attended the Graduation Guidelines Summit recently and these are his reflections from the summit:

Sean Davis with Allison Mitchell (L)

“Today's Summit offered interesting case studies and examples around the implementation of various graduation menu options across the state. It provided participants with opportunities to connect with education stakeholders from Urban, suburban and rural areas. Most striking to me, however, was that teachers accounted for less than 10 of the 300 participants at the summit. The new guidelines do provide districts with the flexibility to determine how this can look in their communities. Since teachers will play a crucial role in a successful implementation, it's vital that teacher questions are answered, our concerns are addressed, and our voices are heard.”

2017-18 CEA Ambassador Fellows Mentors


Cheryl Mosier teaches Earth Science at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Teaching since 1992, she has consistently brought innovations in teaching and technology to the classroom. Cheryl has been an active contributor to standards and assessment work in Colorado and has been an America Achieves Educator and Policy Fellow. Advocacy continues at the national level with NEA committees on Common Core and ESSA memberships. Cheryl has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University, alongside Earth Science and Physical Science Education Degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2007, Cheryl was bestowed with the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for Colorado.


Kinette Richards, PhD, is a School Psychologist at Prairie Middle School in the Cherry Creek School District. In her role, she is responsible for working with students on a number of social/emotional issues. Her work involves direct counseling of students both individual and in groups, consultation with teachers, safety and crisis management, as well as providing evaluations for student assessments that may lead to Special Education services. She is a district representative at the state level for CEA, and has served as a delegate for the Regional Assembly at NEA on a number of occasions. Additionally, she served on the districts negotiation team for health care, representing the districts' Mental Health staff. She holds a BS in Therapeutic Recreation from University of Colorado - Boulder, a MA in Counseling Psychology from University of Colorado - Denver, and a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Denver.


Erin Swain is a teacher at Century Middle School in Thornton, Colorado where she is teaching 7th grade mathematics. She is a leader in her local, District Twelve Educators Association (DTEA), where she has been instrumental in developing and working with associated partners for a professional learning program for teachers called Teachers As Learning Leaders (TALL). Prior to teaching middle school, she taught high school and worked as a project manager where she discovered her love and passion for watching and inspiring young people to investigate careers in math and science. Erin earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Design from Colorado Christian University.


Kent Willmann spent 31 years preparing young citizens by teaching high school social studies in St. Vrain. Currently, he works in CU-Boulder's School of Education training a new generation of teachers to take his job. Kent served on the CEA Board of Directors as a retired member for the last 6 years. Before that he was active in the St. Vrain Teacher's Association as a board and negotiation team member. You can catch him in the morning riding his bike making photos of abandoned couches, in the afternoon watching his kids' sports teams, in the evening playing poker, and always dreaming of the future with his wife Keely.