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Busy Peter Saxton is Passionate about Teaching
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Peter Saxton's days as the new Rye Elementary School 5th grade teacher are jam packed, with seemingly never enough time to do all that he would like. His day starts about 5 am, arriving at the school at about 6:30 am to get set up for his day with the 20 students he teaches. He typically works at the school one weekend day as well. But he is not complaining. He is actually delighted with his students and the community. Saxton says " I have learned that Rye is a wonderful community that truly values the well being of the children."

Saxton graduated from a small high school in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1995. He attended college at Metropolitan State College of Denver. In 1999 he helped start a non-profit organization called United Artists' Coalition for Kids. Their mission was " to awaken and inspire creative energy in Denver through education and outreach empowering youth in the face of adversity to strengthen self-esteem and build community. He worked with that organization until 2006 when he took a job at Carson Elementary in Denver, where he taught 5th grade for ten years. Now in his 13th year in education, Saxton's goal is to inspire all of his students to become lifelong learners. He is passionate about teaching, also volunteering for science day and the Brain Bowl committees. He strongly believes that students should read or be read to at least five nights a week. Therefore, he does not assign daily homework but does feel that any work the students can't get done during class time should be completed at home.

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