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Basalt teacher honored at White House ceremony

May 3, 2016

Leticia Ingram is having a huge week. The Basalt teacher was honored by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, with other celebrated teachers from across the country.

Ingram won the 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year award in October, and has since been attending a series of professional development events. On Tuesday afternoon, that included a ceremony where President Obama presented the national teacher of the year, an instructor from Connecticut. Ingram said afterwards that she met and talked with Obama before the event-- even getting a hug.

“It was an incredible experience. I won’t forget this for the rest of my life,” she said by phone on Tuesday evening. “President Obama was very gracious, and very social.”

Ingram teaches english, history and math at Basalt High School, mainly for students learning English as a second language. She says her goal is to make sure students from all backgrounds have access to a rigorous education and opportunity to attend college.