Karl Remsen

Leadville, Colorado

Karl's Story


“The zip code of where students are born or attend school should not determine their future opportunities.”

Teaching Discipline(s)

Math, Personal Finance, & Engineering

Karl Remsen works at a small, rural high school in the mountains of Colorado. He teaches Personal Finance, Integrated III, Career Math, Newcomer Math, and Engineering. He is also a crew leader for 11th and 12th graders, the advisor for National Honor Society, and coaches the Nordic ski team. 

Karl works with many students who dream of being the first in their family to attend college, and he is constantly inspired by their grit and determination. In his free time, Karl enjoys exploring the mountains that surround him by foot or on skis.



2019 National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescence / Young Adulthood Mathematics

  • Received in 2019. National Board certification is recognized as the most respected 

2020 MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Educator Award

  • The MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Awards are presented by the Office of the Colorado Attorney General in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education. The awards recognize distinguished individuals who have made personal finance education a priority throughout their school and community. 

2015 State Level Finalist: Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching – Mathematics

  • The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching.


Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Next Gen Personal Finance Fellow


Member of a committee that researched, developed, and found funding to implement a pre-collegiate program that launched in January 2015 whose purpose is to aid first generation high school students attend college by providing support throughout their high school career and beyond. 

  • https://www.elpomar.org/blog/detail/make-the-college-dream-a-reality/2490/


Author in Colorado Department of Education’s Sample Curriculum Project:

  • https://sites.ed.gov/progress/2014/04/colorado-teachers-leading-new-standards-adoption/


Part of the first Rural Cohort for National Board Certification in Colorado:

  • https://neatodaymobile.nea.org/neatoday-june-2020/2006_12_teachingandlearning


Students I’ve helped on their journey:

  • https://clas.ucdenver.edu/pinnacle/2014/12/16/william-mundo-will-be-type-doctor-world-needs-more
  • https://enews.coloradomtn.edu/2019/01/23/lchss-damian-medina-set-to-attend-dartmouth-college/
  • http://www.lakecountyschools.net/blog/2019/05/14/bianca-gonzales-earns-prestigious-daniels-scholarship/