This morning I spoke with my students about the following statement:
Due to Denver Public School Board policy, I am resigning from my teaching position in Denver Public Schools effective December 31, 2017, in order to serve on the DPS Board of Education seat for which I was just elected. When I decided to run, I believed the policy could be changed to allow me to teach and serve. I have learned that this is not the case
This has been a difficult and bittersweet decision as teaching is my passion and I will miss my students dearly. I will also miss the vibrant energy of being a classroom teacher.
I would like to thank the students with whom I have had the pleasure of teaching during my more than three-decade career in DPS, and their families. I would also like to thank everyone who supported me during my campaign and the voters of District 3. I am also grateful to Teresa Klava, the staff of West Leadership Academy, Board President Anne Rowe, the other board members, and DPS for their cooperation in my transition from teacher to board member.
I ran for Denver Public Schools' Board of Education this year with the interest of all DPS students - particularly those in District 3 - in mind. Our students have always been and will continue to be paramount in my professional decision making. I have gained a strong understanding of teaching since I began my career in DPS in 1985. I look forward to utilizing this knowledge in my new position on the Board of Education. I am honored to represent the DPS students and families in this new capacity.
Everyone is invited to the Oath of Office at 4:30 p.m. today, November 27, 2017. It will be at 1860 Lincoln Street. Please email if you need a parking pass.
Thank you all for your support!