Joan Kniss
Brighton High School
270 South 8th Avenue
Brighton, CO 80601

English, 9–12

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Tell us about a funny moment in your classroom that had meaning for you.


Joan Kniss, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Colorado
Opportunities for change have been the highlights of my 28-year teaching career. I began my teaching career at a junior high in Brighton, CO, but after two years my administrator asked if I would assume the role of counselor. I am always up for a challenge, so for the next few years I divided my time between counseling and teaching. When I found myself counseling more and more and teaching less and less, I transferred to the high school, where I could teach full-time. For the past 18 years, I have taught grades 9–12, been department chairperson, and worked at the district level developing standards. In my spare time I enjoy travel and gardening. My husband and I have six children and eleven grandchildren. A favorite memory? I was grand marshal for our Parade of Lights.  

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