Bo Sager began teaching fifth grade at Northridge Elementary in Highlands Ranch in 2005. He was a teacher with DCSD for 10 years, was evaluated as a highly effective teacher, he said, and chosen as an Apple Award finalist in 2011. The Apple Awards …
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Bo Sager began teaching fifth grade at Northridge Elementary in Highlands Ranch in 2005. He was a teacher with DCSD for 10 years, was evaluated as a highly effective teacher, he said, and chosen as an Apple Award finalist in 2011. The Apple Awards is the district’s program for honoring its best teachers. He left Douglas County at the end of the 2014-15 school year.
Sager now teaches fourth grade at the Slavens School, a K-8 school in South Denver that is part of Denver Public Schools.
“It was an extremely difficult decision to leave my school, as I left behind an amazing team of teachers who always put kids first,” he said. “I left Douglas County basically (because of) a loss of faith in district administration.”
The performance-based salary model used by the district also was an issue, he said.
“I received a $40-per-month raise for hours and hours of extra documentation showing I was a highly effective teacher,” he said.
Sager also said the district limited his earning potential because he taught elementary school, which he said is unfair. Under the salary band structure, fourth and fifth grade teachers fall in the lowest band.
“I found a home in Denver Public Schools where I feel I get to continue doing what I love,” Sager said. “People notice my smile is back. I don’t go to work, I go to school. I hope people understand the importance of that statement.”
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