“At Denver Academy, I learned how to succeed in life and believe in myself. I came from a huge high school and after freshman year I thought I would never graduate from high school.”
Cameron Neumann ‘15, spent the last year working as a paraprofessional in a behavioral disability classroom in the Cherry Creek School District. After graduating from the Community College of Denver in 2018, he wanted to take a break before continuing his education at the University of Northern Colorado in the fall of 2019.
Neumann said the Denver Academy staff and the way they help the student succeed and grow as a person is what inspired him to become an elementary teacher, and he has tried to bring the values and lessons he learned at DA into his students' lives.
“During my year off I wanted a job working with students in a classroom who have special education supports,” said Neumann. “I had special education supports and an IEP throughout my educational career. This job was a way to give back and help students like me with special education supports to succeed.”
Neumann worked with six students in the 3-5 grade and assisted the special education teacher with helping students complete assignments, integrate them into the general education classroom, and accompanied them to art, gym, and music classes. He said his favorite part about his job was seeing the smiles on his students' faces as they greeted him everyday, and watching them make progress.
“I still remember my boss pulling me aside my second week on the job to remind me that I will spend more time with these students than their parents will. Denver Academy taught me that education is more than just curriculum. It is helping students learn how to become model citizens and successful people out in the real world. I try to bring those values to the students and teach them how to be successful in life, as people.”
We wish Cameron the best as he returns to school this year at UNC.
Denver Academy is a private school for diverse learners in grades 1-12, located in Denver, CO. DAinspires and empowers diverse learners through student-centered, differentiated, and transformative education.