Rocky Mountain Classical Academy Teacher Connie Parrish Wins Crystal Apple

Ms. Connie Parrish teaching elementary art.

On May 5, 2017, the Jared Polis Foundation notified Rocky Mountain Classical Academy that Elementary Art Teacher, Art Department Head, and Teacher Mentor Ms. Connie Parris earned recognition as a 2017 Jared Polis Foundation’s Crystal Apple Award winner with associated grants. The foundation and the program's selection committee honor Connie as one of only eleven 2017 Teacher Recognition Award recipients in Colorado. According to Colorado Department of Education statistics, the state has 120,656 teachers for School Year 2016-17.

Ms. Gina Nocera, the Foundation’s Executive Director, stated, “Connie is clearly a caring, intelligent and dedicated teacher,” remarking that it was the Foundation’s honor to present Ms. Parrish with a $1,000 discretionary award, $500 technology award, $1,000 teacher-directed school grant, and the Jared Polis Foundation's Crystal Apple Award.

In addition, Ms. Nocera informed Rocky Mountain Classical Academy's Board of Directors and Falcon District 49's Chief Education Officer, Mr. Peter Hilts of the award. The Foundation will place a notice in the Denver Post in late May congratulating all eleven Colorado Teacher Recognition Awards honorees.

Ms. Parrish, a 2017 Falcon Education Foundation Award Winner, did not know the school submitted her for this recognition. Caught completely by surprise, she explained, “I simply cannot express the plethora of gratitude and my heartfelt thank you, for this wonderful award! I came across this news while my first class was in session, and I had a very difficult time holding back the tears.”

Reflecting further, she commented, “Passion is what drives me, the love of children and giving the gift of art and art history education, is what calls me to this passion. I am thankful to God for this blessing, and I’ll use these resources to further our classical approach and vision of art education.”