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Weld County School District RE-5J

Our mission is to ensure our students are set up for success and prepared for college and/or career.

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Meet Virginia Regalado

Teacher Ambassador

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This is my eighth year at Weld RE5J School District and the administration has been the most significant part of my professional growth. I have become a better educator because of my administration’s belief in the power of a good teacher. They believe in my ability to make a difference in my students' learning. Our district's shared vision aligns with our goals as educators. Weld RE5J is a district that truly cares about its students, its teachers, and the community. We are a team and a family at Weld RE5J and we are making a difference for all of our students.


  • 6th-8th Spanish Teacher and 7th And 8th Film/Stop Motion Animation Teacher



    • 2001 November teacher of the month, Estes Park Middle School
    • 2013 I started a film and animation program for Milliken Middle School
    • 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, Milliken Middle School
    • 2019 Colorado Middle School Art Teacher of the year

    Teacher Certification Program

    Why I Teach

    Ever since I came to the United States, education has been a huge part of my life, molding me into who I am. I love being an educator and I strive to share my passion for learning with my students. I teach because I get to experience seeing my students succeed in life long after they’ve left my classroom. I teach because I can shape the minds of a future generation. I teach because, by teaching, I never stop learning. I teach because, at the end of the day, my class could be the most stable time in a student’s day. I teach because, as a mother, my own children mean the world to me and I sure hope that most of my students mean the world to their parents or their grandparents. As an educator, I have committed myself to being a positive role model to my students, to have a caring attitude so my students feel understood and appreciated for exactly who they are, to have a strong presence in my classes so my students know that I care for them and their education. I teach because I am more than a teacher when I do so.

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    Weld County School District RE-5J by the numbers

    • 215

      Dedicated Teachers

    • 3,800

      Engaged Learners

    • $39,462

      New Teacher Starting Salary

    About Weld County School District RE-5J

    • About

      The mission and vision of the Weld RE-5J School District is to ensure our students are able to achieve high expectations, are set up for success and prepared for college and/or career, proud of where they came from and where they went to school, and are life-long learners.

      We aspire to be a district that is guided by shared goals and a shared vision for educating our children, demonstrating excellence at every level, is fiscal and resource-responsible, and seeks and invests in the most capable and talented staff.

    • Teaching in Weld County School District RE-5J

      Weld RE-5J offers several annual professional development days with training for our entire staff along with multiple specialized pathways for teachers to select from. We have invested in expanding leadership opportunities this year at each school. Our induction program includes two days of initial training which allow new teachers to become more familiar with our district. New teachers are also paired with a mentor for the year.

      Learn more about opportunities at Weld County School District RE-5J here, or email cara.anderson@weldre5j.org.

    • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

      Our district offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Details and our most recent negotiated union agreement are available on the Human Resources page of our website.

    • For Students

      Weld RE-5J has many Career and Technical Education opportunities available from seventh through twelfth grade along with concurrent enrollment options.

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