Joined Jan 23 2011
Denver Public Schools
I am a Gifted and Talented Specialist and Diversity Representative for the department in Denver Public Schools. I work 1/2 time in gifted and 1/2 time in Indian Education. I work with 6-8th grade Native American students at Merrill Middle School. I am also a founding board member for West Denver Prep Charter School which now has four middle schools and plans for a high school in 2012. West Denver Prep has over 90% Latino population and the #1 and #2 middle schools according to the Denver school performance framework. I worked with Dr. James Banks and the Southern Poverty Law Center at the Teaching Tolerance Institute in 1997. I also trained at the REACH (Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage) Institute with Gary Howard. I retired from Jefferson County Public Schools where I received the district's Wayne Carle Diversity Award in 2008. I believe the combination of technology and culture can motivate and propel diverse learners into the vanguard of leadership for 21st Century innovation.