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Every year, the Colorado Springs Gazette holds a community-wide survey allowing local businesses, community providers and public organizations to nominated as the “Best of the Springs.”

In 2023, Academy District 20 (ASD20) teachers, coaches and high schools were nominated for the top spots. After thousands of votes in piled in through the Gazette’s online survey, ASD20 took home first and second place in nearly every category we were nominated for.

Congratulations to:

Elementary School Educator
1st Place - Christy Helton - Chinook Trail Elementary School

High School Educator
1st Place - Cris Robson, Air Academy High School
2nd Place - Angie Chatman, Pine Creek High School

High School Coach
1st Place - Todd Miller

High School
1st Place - Air Academy High School
2nd Place - Pine Creek High School

First place winners receive a blurb from their nomination packet displayed on the Best of Colorado Springs 2023 website.

Christy Helton
“Best of the Springs voters praise Helton, a fourth-grade teacher at the District 20 elementary school, as an “above and beyond type” who is “so beloved by her students.”

Cris Robson
“Cris Robson has been with Air Academy High School for a decade, but her teaching experience spans far longer. According to Principal Dan Olson, Robson has a passion and energy for her subjects and her students that separates her from others. She sponsors multiple clubs, teaches science, coordinates multi-tiered system of supports and is “adored by all,” from Ivy League-bound AP students to those in need of a little extra attention.”

Todd Miller
"As Pine Creek’s head football coach, Miller has led the Eagles to multiple playoff appearances and three state championships. Voters praised Miller as a “Great Coach” who has “built a legacy” at the District 20 high school."

Air Academy High School
“Voters gushed about the District 20 high school, which is located on the Air Force Academy campus. “Best school in town,” “Symbol of excellence in public education,” and “Great education and environment” were just a few of the voter acclamations.”