2015-2016 LifeChanger Award Winner: Coleen Thurber

Coleen Thurber is an Assets Teacher at Rolling Hills Elementary School, part of the Cherry Creek School District in Aurora, CO. She impacts adults and students every day at Rolling Hills Elementary with her passion and love.

On March 16th, we surprised Mrs. Thurber at a pep rally attended by over 700 students to let her know that she won a LifeChanger Award this year! Mrs. Thurber will be receiving a $1,500 personal cash award, as well as a $1,500 donation to her school, Rolling Hills Elementary.

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Coleen Thurber makes Rolling Hills Elementary School a better place to learn and work! Her role at Rolling Hills is to teach what is called an Assets program. This originated from curriculum that was based on the 40 Developmental Assets, which are identified as the building blocks of healthy development that help young children grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible. However, Mrs. Thurber has made the program all her own over the years. Students rotate through this program, and it is considered a "special" like Physical Education and Art.

Mrs. Thurber is very passionate when it comes to supporting students so that they grow academically and socially at Rolling Hills Elementary School. When she is not teaching or running the PBIS program, she can be seen meeting with students to problem-solve, lend an ear or just give hugs!

Mrs. Thurber is a LifeChanger. She impacts adults and students every day at Rolling Hills Elementary with her passion and love. She will leave behind a long legacy of teaching students how to live happy and healthier lives because they have known her.

To read the comments left for Mrs. Thurber, visit her nominee profile here.