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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.


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



      • 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.

        Adams 12 Five Star Schools by the numbers

        • 2,500

          Dedicated Teachers

        • 40,000

          Engaged Learners

        • $44,000

          New Teacher Starting Salary

        About Adams 12 Five Star Schools

        • About

          Located just seven miles north of downtown Denver, Adams 12 Five Star Schools offers more than 39,000 students and their families the benefits of a large district with a close-knit feel. With more than 50 unique education centers, the Five Star district provides numerous opportunities for students, staff and parents to elevate student learning in every classroom, every day. The five stars represent the five unique communities the district serves: Broomfield, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster. How will you elevate student success? 

        • Teaching in Adams 12 Five Star Schools

          With a dedication to student learning at all levels, our caring staff is committed to the best professional practice and a collective responsibility that leads to all roles playing a part in the success of our students. For teachers, collaboration is a key value of the district, demonstrated through a dedicated Professional Learning Department, early-release Wednesdays that allow for team professional development on a weekly basis, instructional coaches in every building who focus on curriculum and data, university partnerships for continuing education and an induction program for new teachers that include building mentors. We invite you to experience the Five Star difference.

          Learn more about opportunities at Adams 12 Five Star Schools here, or email HR-Human-Resources@adams12.org.

        • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

          We offer employees a comprehensive benefits package. Not yet a licensed teacher? Don't worry! You can still apply for a teaching position today. Learn more about Colorado's alternative licensure pathway here.

        • For Students

          Students have the opportunity of participating in our Teacher Cadet program.

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