Denver Teacher 'Honored' With National Award

Receives $5,000 cash and story by award-winning author

Washington, DC - April 1, 2021

Justin Barney, a middle school Spanish teacher in Denver, Colorado has been given the prestigious Honored National Teaching Award for April 2021. As part of this award, Barney received a $5,000 cash award and a $1,000 gift card. He also had his story composed by award-winning author, Meg Nocero.

Barney, a 14-year teaching veteran, taught across the country and in Mexico and Costa Rica before finding his current home at Denver Green School in Northfield. Señor Barney, as students refer to him, is more than just a Spanish teacher. He is an advocate for all of his students and aims to create an inclusive classroom both virtually and in person. During a difficult and abnormal school year, his students credit him with building trusting relationships and creating a safe space to talk about mental health. Kade Bassoukos, a student nominator, says:

“He understands what it is like to struggle, and if he doesn’t, he wants to learn.”

Read the full story of Justin Barney and his students at

About Honored

Honored is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping great teachers in the classroom and to inspiring a new generation of talent to pursue teaching. Each month, Honored shines a spotlight on a teacher who has changed the life of a single student. The Honoree receives a $5,000 cash award, and Honored partners with a world-class writer to tell their story. Honorees are selected from K-12 teachers of all subjects at public, private and charter schools across the country. Honored’s National Advisory Board includes luminaries such as the internationally best-selling author Michael Lewis, founder Charles Best, Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp, and FEED cofounder Lauren Bush Lauren.

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