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.