Bella Romero – 1942 to 1998
Bella Romero valued family, friendship, education and hard work. She made those with whom she worked and met feel like family members. She brought this warmth and caring into her interactions with children, parents, colleagues and professional relationships. This ability to make everyone feel like “family” lasted to the moment of her death. Family and friends remember that through she was fighting cancer, she comforted and listened to them all and was a teacher until the end.
Bella dedicated her life to her family and the field of education. She assisted her husband Ray in achieving his educational goals and worked to help support the family so that he could do this. Later, after receiving her GED, she became a non-traditional student in the University of Northern Colorado’s Teacher Education Program. She often said that she could only study after the children were in bed and all of the housework was done. This did not stop her. This dedication and enthusiasm helped her excel as a student and as a professional.
Bella was a teacher in Brighton until she chose to pursue school administration. She served as a building principal in Aurora, Longmont, and Greeley. She also served as coordinator of English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education and Parent Leadership for Weld County School District #6. In addition, she assisted in the creation of the CUMBRES Program.