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Weld RE-4 School District

Join a fast-growing district which is celebrated for its outstanding schools and friendly hometown feel.

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Meet Melinda Spaur

Teacher Ambassador

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Weld Re-4 School District is great. The community is wonderful. While Windsor is a growing community, it still has a small-town feel. People care about each other. There is always an activity going on each night in our district and families come out to support our students and teachers. I feel valued, professionally too. I feel supported through multiple opportunities to develop professionally and become the best teacher possible.

Teaching

  • 9th-12th Grade Agriscience Teacher

Education

Awards

  • 2017 Agriscience Teacher of the Year
  • Windsor FFA Advisor

Teacher Certification Program

Why I Teach

I teach because I love my content and I love seeing students get excited about my content area. As a little girl, I would "play teacher" when I got home from school. By high school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher but didn’t know what subject. I was very active in my Future Farmers of America chapter and I enjoyed my agriculture education class because it was hands on. Then, I saw a commercial on television in which a father asks his son why he’d want to become a teacher instead of a doctor or lawyer. And when the son replied, “without teachers, where would all the doctors and lawyers come from?” I knew that my calling was to help make future FFA members. Now as I teach many years later, I come to school every day with an excitement to teach students about agriculture. I believe it's one of our greatest and most important industries. I also know the leadership experience students gain from FFA is like no other. In a single day, I can teach students in the shop about carpentry, guide students as we work in the greenhouse and lead inquiry-based labs in my food and fiber class. I can't think of any other career where I would have the opportunity to inspire and challenge young minds and watch them develop into young adults. Teaching is truly my passion and I love what I do each day.

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Weld RE-4 School District by the numbers

  • 430

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 7,350

    Engaged Learners

  • $38,750

    New Teacher Starting Salary

About Weld RE-4 School District

  • About

    Join a fast-growing district which is celebrated for its outstanding schools and friendly hometown feel. Weld RE-4 School District is home to over 51,000 residents in western Weld County and is located on the outskirts of Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, one-hour north of downtown Denver and easy access to Denver International Airport.

    Our community has been named in multiple publications as the best place in Colorado to live and raise a family. Enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year, residents are drawn to the area for skiing, biking, hiking, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities. We also benefit from great shopping centers, restaurants and other amenities, outstanding neighborhoods, a robust high-tech industry and nearby universities which make our area a center for cultural opportunities, scientific research, fresh ideas and new businesses.

    Weld RE-4 serves over 7,300 students in nine traditional schools and three charter schools. We are quickly becoming known as the premier district in northern Colorado due to our innovative approaches, high standards and wide-range of program options.

    Experiences in Weld RE-4 School District are designed to inspire our students and employees alike. Our personalized approach to teaching, learning and working empowers all to advance their skills. The district offers International Baccalaureate, project-based learning, STEM-focused schools, and at the high school level, students have access to Advanced Placement courses, dual credit and concurrent enrollment programs. They can also explore potential career paths through our strong Career and Technical Education programs.

    We believe investing in the people who inspire, coach and mentor our learners will provide rewards for students, educators and the community. Our forward-thinking leaders are essential to establishing and maintaining the conditions for success and innovation. Weld RE-4 School District’s greater vision guides continual transformation to ensure relevant and engaging experiences for all. Our approach creates a learning community filled with encouragement, high expectations and pride.

  • Teaching in Weld RE-4 School District

    Today, our approach to teaching and learning in Weld RE-4 is evolving to prepare our students for the demands of a modern workforce and ever-evolving society. Our educators receive regular, job-embedded professional learning that supports them in designing activities that are meaningful and relevant to individual learners. Across the district, educators work together within and beyond their buildings to develop strong routines and expectations and facilitate activities that empower learners to initiate their own learning.

    The educational experience in Weld RE-4, K-12, is strengthened by our talented educators, local and national experts in the field accessed through our Community Empowered platform, and partnerships with respected institutions of higher education in the area including Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado and Aims Community College.

    Weld RE-4 educators invest in getting to know each learner personally. They design lessons that are aligned with the Colorado State Standards, but these lessons unfold uniquely in each classroom as, together, educators and their students determine how learning is demonstrated.

    Our aim is for our learners to be inspired by what they find around every corner and to awaken in them important qualities including confidence, curiosity, creative problem-solving and the ability to embrace ambiguity. We believe these are the qualities that will empower our learners’ success beyond Weld RE-4, in college and their careers.

    Learn more about opportunities at Weld RE-4 School District here, or email nicole.schmidt@weldre4.org

  • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

    Our starting salary is $38,750 for teachers with no classroom experience and a bachelor’s degree. Additional salary is awarded for advanced degrees or experience. Our average district salary is $55,400, with sixty percent of our staff having a master’s degree or more.

  • For Students

    As part of our Career and Technical Education programs, we offer an Education Exploration course for tenth to twelvth grade students who are interested in the teaching profession, as well as a Teacher Cadet course for juniors and seniors with field experience and optional college credit.

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