Get to Know the Stand Team: Judith

Ninth Grade Success, Who We Are | 09/26/2019

Kate Dando Doran
Director of Communications

Judith recently joined the Stand team to lead our new Center for High School Success work in Colorado. She is a Denver native with 20+ years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. Judith began her work in the field of education as the first Director of the National Center for School Engagement at the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children. Her early work focused on school attendance, homeless education and program evaluation.  Most recently she led the Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement at the Colorado Department of Education. Judith has been recognized for state-level efforts, which contributed to reducing the state's dropout rate to an all-time low.

Judith says she's encouraged by Colorado's educational gains, however, she knows more needs to be done as education gaps based on income and race/ethnicity stubbornly persist and in some areas gaps are on the rise. As Stand's Colorado Director for the Center for High School Success, Judith embraces the opportunity to accelerate progress so that all students have the support they need to reach their full potential.  Judith still lives in the area where she grew up.  She and her husband, Steven, have a daughter, Julia, who works in the field of higher education and lives in D.C.

What makes you most excited about your work at Stand? 

 I’m excited and motivated to partner with school teams. By working together to implement proven strategies, there’s a viable opportunity to accelerate academic progress and improve the graduation rates of English learners, students with disabilities and economically-disadvantaged youth. 

Why did you choose to work at Stand?

I am grateful to be part of an organization that is dedicated to all students reaching their full potential in school and in life. I chose Stand because of its Center for High School Success initiative, which through the Ninth Grade Success Network is increasing the number of students on-track to graduate and changing the odds for underserved students. 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I attended parochial school and in third grade planned on becoming a nun or missionary. I liked the uniforms and commitment to ending hunger.

Where are we most likely to find you when you are not at work?

You’ll likely find me watching old movies, reading biographies or spending time with my husband, Steven, daughter, Julia, and our dogs, Buddy and Oliver. 


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