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Kurt Knierim

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Personal Description: 

Having taught at RMHS since 1992, Kurt Knierim earned his undergraduate degree in History in 1990 from Colorado State University. He earned a Master's degree in Education in 1998 from Lesley University and a Master's degree in American History from Colorado State University in 2012. In addition to his duties at RMHS, Knierim holds adjunct positions in the History Departments at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Denver.

Educational and Professional Background: 

Current Position

August, 1992-present                                                        

Social Studies Teacher, Rocky Mountain High School                                        

Poudre School District, Fort Collins, Colorado


Adjunct Positions


Department of History

Colorado State University


Adjunct Instructor, CU Succeed Gold Program,  Department of History

University of Colorado at Denver,  Denver, Colorado



School of Education, College of Applied Human Sciences

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado


Academic Preparation

Master of Arts, Major in History

Colorado State University  


Master of Arts, Major in Education

Lesley University    


Bachelor of Arts, Major in History

Colorado State University


Professional License

November, 1990                                                                 

State of Colorado Professional Teacher License, Secondary Social Studies


Courses currently teaching at Rocky and previous courses taught at Rocky: 

2015-present              Secondary Social Studies Methods (EDUC 465)

2015                            Economics

2012-present              We the People: A History of Civil Rights

2007-2009                  Secondary Teaching Methods (EDUC 450)

2006-present              United States History to 1876 (HIST 1361)

2006-present              United States History since 1876 (HIST 1362)

1998-present              Advanced Placement United States History

1994-present              United States History Survey

1992-1996                  World Geography and Cultures

1992-1993; 2011        World History Survey

Courses Developed and Introduced

2001-present            Civil War Living History Independent Study

What does the Lobo Way mean to me?: 

The Lobo Way embodies what a functional and productive citizen should be.  Thoughtfulness, courtesy, altruism, and integrity are characteristics of this concept.

Interest & Hobbies: 

Mr. Knierim enjoys time with his family, bicycling, and participating in Civil War Living History.

Honors & Awards: 

2017  Outstanding Educator, CU Succeed Program, University of Colorado, Denver

2015  Educators Who Have Made a Difference Award, Rocky Mountain High School, Varsity Volleyball Team

2014  Lifetime Most Influential Teacher Award, Rocky Mountain High School, Varsity Baseball Team

2012  Teachers Who Have Made a Difference Award, LDS Teacher Appreciation Night                                                     

2011  Outstanding History Education Program Award,Fort Collins Historical Society                                               

2010  History Teacher of the Year for Colorado,Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History                                                                                 

2010 Lifetime Most Influential Teacher Award, Rocky Mountain High School Varsity Baseball Team                                                                              

2009  Professional Service Award, Colorado State University School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation Educator Licensing Program 

2009  Senior Fellow, Teacher/Scholar of the Constitution, James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

2008  Lifetime Most Influential Teacher Award, Rocky Mountain High School Varsity Baseball Team                                                                          

2007  Josephine Miles Award Excellence in Colorado History Education, Colorado Historical Society                                                                            

2006  Teacher of the Year, Poudre School District Community Foundation Excellence in Education Award                                                              

2006  Distinguished Educator Award, Masonic Lodges of Fort Collins  

2002  Teacher of the Year Award (Nominee), Colorado Council for the Social Studies 

2001  Honor Teacher, Rocky Mountain High School MESA Club

1997  Honor Teacher, Rocky Mountain High School MESA Club 

Favorite Quote: 

β€œIt is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” β€• Theodore Roosevelt

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