Gerardo A. Muñoz, Colorado’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, is a high school and middle school Social Studies teacher at the Denver Center for International Studies at Baker (DCIS) in the Denver Public Schools (DPS) in Denver, Colorado. He is the first Chicano to earn Teacher of the Year distinction in Colorado. In addition to this award, he has also been the recipient of the 2021 Golden Apple Award, the Grogan Family Fund’s Inspirational Teacher Award, and the University of Denver Summit Award. He is a seven-time Distinguished Teacher in Denver Public Schools.
Gerardo has taught every grade 6-12, he currently teaches grades 7 and 10-12. His classes include Concurrent Enrollment Ethnic Studies, Advanced Placement World History, and 5280 Challenge/Student Board of Education through DPS’s Student Voice and Leadership (SVL) program. Mr. Muñoz has been involved in a number of programs, initiatives, campaigns, and organizations to promote equity and antiracism, including EduColor, Choose, the National Education Association’s Racial and Social Justice Conference, and the University of Colorado’s Teachers of Color and Allies Summit. Muñoz holds A Bachelor of Arts Degree in history and Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado (1999), as well as a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver (2009).
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