Liz Johnson to receive Outstanding Educator Award for work with CNCC Craig’s science program
Colorado Northwestern Community College faculty member Elizabeth “Liz” Johnson, PhD, was recently selected to receive University of Colorado Boulder’s Outstanding Colorado Educator Award.
The award is presented to educators across the state of Colorado who have demonstrated a commitment to helping students achieve their higher education goals, including counselors, faculty, and staff members nominated by colleagues for their hard work and dedication to student success.
“To Liz, every student is an individual and she has a personal approach with each and every one of them,” read the nomination letter. “Liz not only teaches; she leads, advises, and is with students in the classroom or out in the field digging up dinosaur bones. She always directs students to the future and does not stop with just what they are doing now.”
Johnson said she was honored to be selected for her work at the local community college.
“Community colleges play a crucial role in transitioning students to institutions of higher education and equally to the workforce in our communities,” she said. “I have the pleasure to take part in these students’ individual growth and play a role in their life story. It is why any educator comes to work; we thrive on seeing our students grow.”
Johnson teaches many science courses on the CNCC Craig campus, though her focus and true love is with paleontology. She also coordinates summer dinosaur digs and manages CNCC’s federal dinosaur repository.
Johnson will be recognized formally at University of Colorado’s Outstanding Colorado Student and Educator Awards Night on Friday, May 3, in Boulder.