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Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Adams 12 offers 39,000+ students and families the benefits of a large district with a close-knit feel.

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Meet Steve Lash

Teacher Ambassador

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I am in my 24th year teaching at Horizon High School in the Adams 12 Five Star School District. Our school, like our district, is highly collaborative, focused on developing strong partnerships among all stakeholders. I appreciate that we have had the freedom to implement school-specific programs, such as SOAR Honors, while being provided strong foundational district support. I have always felt trusted and encouraged to try new approaches, to voice my (many) opinions, and to expand my own leadership capacity.

Steve Lash


  • 10th & 11th ELA, 11th & 12th SOAR Honors Teacher


  • University of Colorado Boulder


  • Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award Honoree, 2018
  • District 12 Teacher of the Year finalist, 2018
  • Recipient of 2013 and 2016 Boettcher Teacher Recognition Award
  • District 12 Education Association Executive Board member, 2017-present
  • Co-founder of Horizon's SOAR Honors Program"

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Why I Teach

I believe that learning is the salvation of humankind, and that every teacher has the power to make a significant and positive impact every day. Because learning is collaborative, my main job is to ask, and then to listen. It is collaborative between myself and my students, myself and my coworkers and myself and my amazing spouse, Sonja. It is because of this that I know that my students’ brains—and their hearts—are growing. Learning must be joyful—a celebration of life, of human possibility. I want my classroom to be a testament to the great minds who came before us, and a place where my students aspire to join their company. I believe that teaching any subject is about helping students see truth in a hard day’s work, value in honesty, and validity in asking questions. I want my classroom to build a bridge from the past to the future. Finally, I believe learning is expansive. I celebrate the smallest steps forward, and strive for continuous improvement.

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Adams 12 Five Star Schools by the numbers

  • 2,500

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 40,000

    Engaged Learners

  • $44,000

    New Teacher Starting Salary

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