Growing up with Education.
Throughout my life, education has been the center of our conversations at home.
Both of my parents were public school teachers. As such, the value of receiving an education was something that I learned early in life.
Only after having all four children did my parents enroll in college and earn their teaching degrees. In fact, my father was the first in his family to go to college. To this day, I remember cheering, alongside my siblings, while we watched my parents graduate from college.
Long-time Education Advocate.
I have lived in the neighborhood for the past 21 years. My wife, Jolene, and I have three kids: Hazel (17), Olive (16), and Gabriel (13). Our children couldn’t be more different from one another, yet over these past twelve years they have thrived within the DPS family of schools. Our kids have attended traditional neighborhood schools, magnet schools, STEM schools and International Baccalaureate programs. Each of them was allowed to find their own path.
When Hazel was just an infant, I began advocating for Denver Public Schools. I took her with me to Northwest Parents for Excellent Schools meetings advocating for better schools across North Denver. As it turns out, those early years were just the beginning. During the past two decades, through my service I have...
Managed accountability of spending, and project deliverability for the 2016 Bond Measure, including budgets for capacity, new school additions, quality learning environments, critical maintenance, and technology
Developed an Equity Rubric on the 2016 Bond Measure premium dollars ensuring a high level of accountability (the first of its kind for school districts across the nation)
Served on Brown Elementary’s Collaborative School Committee for six years
Provided oversight on the micro and macro levels for Denver Public School budget
Developed a school improvement plan for five DPS schools as part of the 2003 Mill Levy
Assisted parents on how to navigate the school choice and application process, based on the experience I have with my three children
Advocated for parents who were trying to find the school that best fits their child’s needs schools with the highest need received the funds necessary to create equity across DPS
I have also…
Listened and engaged with community members’ requests for school expenditures
Made recommendations to the DPS Board from the requests of the community members, which were accepted by the Board of Education
Participated in a multitude of community listening sessions on a wide variety of topics
As I look at this election, I believe that it is my deep and extensive experience working in our schools and advocating for our students that best prepares me to be your representative on the Denver School Board. This experience is what sets me apart to best represent our community.
I am ready and prepared to be your Denver Public School Board member. I would be honored to have your vote.