The 2013 Child Passenger Safety Technician and Technician-Instructor of the Year were awarded on Friday September 20, 2013. The two award recipients were selected based upon nominations submitted by the friends, family, co-workers, and community partners.
Congratulations to Juanita Montoya for being selected as Colorado's 2013 Child Passenger Safety Technician of the Year, who was preparing for a Food Drive at Servicios de La Raza in Denver at the time the award was presented.
Congratulations to Janet Werst for being selected as Colorado's 2013 Child Passenger Safety Technician-Instructor of the Year, who was volunteering as government liaison for Red Cross in Larimer County at the time the award was presented.
Colorado has over 1,000 technicians and 38 instructors across the state. CPS Team Colorado has approximately 140 designated inspection stations, where parents can go to make sure their car seat is properly installed by a certified technician or instructor.
Juanita Montoya, from Servicios de La Raza, in Denver, CO, was nominated as a CPS Technician for her willingness to go above and beyond what is required of a CPS Technician. Jaunita makes house calls, works with local media, and attends other agency events when they are in need of staffing, Thanks to her skills as a bilingual CPS Technician, families are referred to her from organizations and technicians across the Denver-Metro area. Juanita became a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in 2008 and serves her community at Servicios de La Raza as a Program Coordinator. Her program provides basic emergency services such as food, clothing, and car seats to residents of Colorado in need.
Janet Werst, from University of Colorado Health, and Safe Kids - Larimer County, who was nominated as a CPS Technician-Instructor "displays passion for serving others in the field of child passenger safety that is unparalleled. She not only inspires her students in class to be the best technicians 'technically' but also models how to connect with the families we serve, other students, co-workers, etc. Janet Werst possesses an amazing ability to lead with a clear vision of a comprehensive CPS Program." Janet became a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in 2003, and certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician-Instructor in 2006. Janet currently provides services to her community as the Injury Prevention Coordinator and Safe Kids Larimer County Coordinator at University of Colorado Health - Northern Region.
Photo 1 (from left to right): Trooper Paul Dirkes, CSP Grants Manager Joanna Pruitt, Award Recipient Janet Werst, CSP Administrative Assistant Laura VanGilder, Corporal Heather Cobler.
Photo 2 (center from left to right): Corporal Heather Cobler, Award Recipient Juanita Montoya, CDOT Grants Manager Ilana Erez. Surrounded by the staff at Servicios de La Raza.
This site provides all the valuable resources you need to perform your technician activities, including a training calendar, inspection reporting and education materials.
If you have any questions about the information found on this site, please contact Corporal Heather Cobler, CPS Program Coordinator at 303-239-4537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.