Grad teaching preschoolers in poverty

Candice Montoya is SEHD’s 2018 Outstanding Graduate of the Year

Knowledge changed everything for Candice Montoya, who was named the School of Education & Human Development’s 2018 Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

Montoya started college to meet a job requirement, and she graduated this month with a degree in early childhood education.

The mother of two worked full time as a Head Start educator and had a part-time gig cleaning office buildings when she enrolled at the university.

“I wasn’t about school,” said Montoya, who had worked in child care for more than a decade and didn’t expect to learn much that was new. “My perceptions of a quality education were set in stone, and I didn’t want to be doing anything different.”

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Candice Montoya, Head Start educator and SEHD’s 2018 Outstanding Graduate of the Year, featured in CU Denver TODAY