Neil Shupe, who has taught everything from biology to advanced placement chemistry to, now, advanced manufacturing, received the St. Vrain Valley School District teacher of the year award during Friday night’s Tribute to Teachers.
“I went to college, and in the first semester, I struggled and failed a few of my classes,” Shupe said in a prerecorded video aired during the virtual awards ceremony. “I really just needed to get some extra credits. And so, I worked with one of my chemistry professors at the elementary school, and we were just working with the students doing these little science experiments, really fun stuff.”
From there, Shupe said, he began to realize what he was truly passionate about.