Henry Weisser introduced Alica Bono, the Principal of Cache La Poudre (CLP) Middle School to introduce the January Teacher of the Month, Mary Richmond. Principal Bone said that Mary was selected by the teachers and staff of CLP and was very deserving because she is the best teacher she has ever seen. She said that Mary teaches science to all grades at CLP, where she has taught for 22.5 years...

Mary started by saying that, “science is my passion and teaching is not only what I do but who I am. Being able to share this passion and excitement for science and life-long learning is my inspiration for being a teacher. Sharing my professional experiences and acquiring new strategies and approached to teaching and learning has influenced many of my activities outside of teaching”. In addition to teaching she has been the Gifted and Talented coordinator, Pre Advance Placement coordinator, coordinator and currently the International Baccalaureate-Middle School Program Coordinator.

Alica, Henry, Mary & Stacy


Mary traveled to Kenya in 2011 to study migratory wildebeests with Dr. Randall Boone, professor at CSU, funded by the National Science Foundation. Since her return from Kenya, she has been involved with the Samburu Youth Education Fund (SYEF), a group supported by CSU Rotaract and founded by Dr. Brett Bruyere at CSU. She works with Dr. Bruyere to provide materials and activities for teachers in Samburu. She also provides professional development with CSU and UNC pre-service teachers each semester.