Teach For America is working in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Pueblo to advance educational opportunities.
In 2007, Teach For America placed its first 55-member corps in Denver to urgently address the needs of a faltering urban district. As our corps grew, so did our reach and Teach For America’s relationships in the Colorado community. In 2009, we expanded our placement to Colorado Springs and in 2013 to Pueblo. Today, Teach For America members reach 36,000 students a day across Colorado.
While Colorado Springs, Denver, and Pueblo are remarkably different and diverse communities, we are one Teach For America Colorado, working together to advance educational opportunities for all kids. Alongside our vast network of educators, students, and community leaders, we’re aiming not only to triple our corps in size, but to begin redesigning the education system itself. Here’s how we’ll do it:
- Building a best-in-class talent pipeline, expanding local recruit of diverse leaders to ensure that the students we teach today become the education leaders of tomorrow;
- Leveraging our unparalleled network to accelerate innovation across the public education system, creating open-source, shared learning structures to reshape education for a 21st-century citizenry and workforce; and
- Broadening the coalition of leaders brought together by shared values and common purpose, to pursue excellent education for every student.
Our Work in Denver
Eleven years since Colorado’s inaugural corps, Denver has become the fastest improving large urban district in the country. Ten percent of teachers and 20 percent of school leaders in Denver Public Schools are Teach For America members. Even more go on to inform critical education systems. Seventy-five percent of high poverty, high-performing schools have a prominent Teach For America presence.
Our Work in Colorado Springs
Home to Colorado’s second largest corps and alumni network, Colorado Springs residents have a special pride for their community. In just five years, Teach For America’s teacher and school leader presence has increased from 25 to over 130 and the on-time graduation rate in the community’s poorest school district, Harrison District 2, has increased from 65 percent to 80 percent.
Our Work in Pueblo
Teach For America is working to spearhead a shared vision for equity in Pueblo, our youngest sub-region, and is increasingly seen as the connector among organizations driving social change and lifting vulnerable communities. The strength of community in Pueblo is not just limited to our partners; the sense of small town connection pulls our Pueblo Teach For America members together in a powerful way.
Alumni in Colorado
Regional Staff & Board Leadership
VP, Program Continuum
Jen leads the Program Continuum Team for Colorado, where she supports the teams in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Denver, in areas from recruitment to school and systems leadership.
Chief of Staff
Managing Director, External Affairs
Julie leads the External Affairs team, charged with engaging the Colorado community in our shared mission through marketing and communications, fundraising, and public policy.
Managing Director, Teacher Leadership
As the managing director for Teacher Leadership, Brian oversees the team that supports our corps members and launch fellows while also providing leadership development opportunities for our alumni members who continue to teach.
Managing Director, Talent Strategy
Emily M. leads Teach For America-Colorado’s talent pipeline strategy, supporting both the Colorado Talent Initiative’s long-term efforts of engaging students as early as eighth grade and our Broad & Diverse Coalition-Building work, and is the project manager of our launch fellowship program.
Managing Director, Continuum Strategy
Stephanie works across the program continuum team to ensure that our services and supports are seamless to corps members, launch fellows, and broader member groups, while her team specifically oversees matriculation, onboarding, hiring, and member engagement.
Managing Director, Early Childhood Systems Leadership
Sondra is responsible for designing our model for systems-level impact and sector coordination, and enlisting a broad coalition of supporters to mobilize behind key systemic levers and to support the development of Teach For America-Colorado's early childhood program design and implementation.
Director, Strategic Gifts and Advocacy
Cheryl sits on the External Affairs team, where she manages foundation partnerships, supports the Microgrants program, and oversees regional policy engagement.
Director of Individual and Corporate Partnerships
Emily sits on the Teach For America-Colorado External Affairs team, where she manages corporate partnerships, Champions Circle (a leadership development series for executives), as well as marketing and communications for the region.
Walker is the director of coalition-building. In his role he is responsible for recruiting ideologically diverse corps members. He also works with a steering committee of senior leaders in Denver to create the parameters for a coalition of leaders in public education.
Director, Teacher Leadership Community
Tom is director of the Teacher Leadership Team,where he manages and leverages relationships with school partners, teacher leaders, licensing, instructional partners, and community to support Colorado corps members.
Director, Early Childhood Initiative
Penny is the director of the early childhood Initiative, where she is responsible for leading Teach For America-Colorado's ECE initiative in partnership with the managing director to develop a sustainable program to support the early childhood cohort.
Manager, External Affairs
Katie is on the External Affairs team where she manages operations and systems and donor events. She also sits on a variety of committees that support the entire Colorado region.
Sergio Jara Arroyos
Manager, Teacher Leadership Community
Manager, Continuum Support and Experience
Natalie sits on the Continuum Support and Experience team, where she manages the matriculation, onboarding, licensing, and hiring of incoming Colorado corps members and launch fellows.
Manager, Regional Operations and Administration
Kelly sits on the Regional Operations team, where she manages daily operations, budgeting, and vendors, any questions about the Denver office space, as well as our regional AmeriCorps partnership.
Manager, Grants and Strategic Evaluation
Samantha sits on both the External Affairs and the Continuum Support and Development teams where she writes, administers, and reports on grants, and uses internal data to evaluate Teach For America-Colorado’s work to inform program success.
Partner, Holland & Knight
Dr. Lance Bolton
President, Pikes Peak Community College
Executive Director, Carson Foundation
Managing Partner, Renova Capital Partners
Mary Gittings Cronin
Chair of A+ Denver
VP, Corporate Strategy, DaVita Healthcare Partners
Founder, Camp Bow Wow & Regent, University of Colorado
Dr. Anthony Grant
Athletic Director, Metro State University
Director, Lewis Bess Williams & Weese
Former Superintendent, Harrison 2 & Dallas ISD
Retired Private Wealth Consultant
Chairman, Sage Hospitality Resources
Kate Kennedy Reinemund
Executive Director, Constellation Philanthropy
Vice President - Head of Relationship Management, T. Rowe Price, Colorado Springs
Chief Technology Officer, Sage Hospitality
Director, Teacher Leadership Community in Colorado Springs
Kylia directs both the teacher and alumni community in Colorado Springs.
Velia Rincon, Ed.D.
Managing Director, Pueblo
Dr. Rincon works alongside and with her community in TFA-Colorado’s newest sub-region, where she manages all things Pueblo from the corps members in the classroom to our school, district, and community partnerships.
Connect With Us
1391 Speer Blvd., Suite 710
Denver, CO 80204
Colorado Springs Office
415 N. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
107 W. B Street
Pueblo, CO 81003