Photo: Jimmy Lee Day II | By Staff, CBS Colorado | There was a big celebration on Tuesday at the state Capitol where Jimmy Lee Day II was recognized as Colorado’s Teacher of the Year. He’s the first Black male teacher to hold the title.

Day was first recognized during a surprise ceremony where he teaches at East Middle School in Aurora last October.

On Tuesday, Colorado State Sen. Rhonda Fields gave special recognition to Day on the Senate floor.

Day is the band director and instrumental music teacher in Aurora Public Schools. He has taught at East Middle School since 2017. During his more than 13 years as an educator, he rebuilt three band programs, transforming them into award-winning programs that earned superior rating scores from district music festivals.

Day said the keys to his transformative teaching have been simple: connection and consistency.
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