2019 Teacher of the Year:
Meg Cypress began teaching in Denver Public Schools (DPS) in 2003 and where she was hired to be the reading specialist at Bradley Elementary School. At the time, the school was in danger of being closed by DPS. The staff committed to bringing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) to Bradley to keep it open for the surrounding community. Cypress and her colleagues attended trainings, created planners from scratch, and contributed tremendously to the school’s culture, an essential component to develop a successful PYP program. Cypress continues to spearhead the PYP at Bradley by attending summer conferences, collaborating with grade level teammates to update planners, and incorporated curriculum that aligns with the IB approach. She continues to make Bradley a place for 21st century learners.
In order to build connections with the community, Cypress organized family events such as Math Night, the Cardboard Challenge and the Annual Bradley Science Fair. In addition, she started a summer camp at Bradley with more than 150 students and was assistant volleyball coach for Thomas Jefferson High School.
Cypress is a Colorado native who received her Bachelor of Arts in Recreational Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently teaches 5th grade at Bradely International School in Denver, Colorado. She previously received the 9News Teachers Who Care Award and was a Mile High Teacher for Denver Public Schools in 2007. She has raised her family in Colorado and in her spare time enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and friends.