Stand for Children Colorado is pleased to announce that our parent-led endorsement committee has endorsed Gene Fashaw. Gene is running for the District 4 seat on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. Stand previously endorsed three candidates running for Denver Public Schools Board of Education. You can read more about the roles and responsibilities of DPS board members here and here. Learn more about Gene and why he earned our endorsement below.
Gene Fashaw is a 8th grade math teacher in Far Northeast Denver and Denver school board candidate in District 4. He grew up in the Denver Montbello neighborhood and attended John Amesse Elementary, McGlone Elementary, Smiley Middle School and bused to George Washington for the Computer Magnet Program. Gene earned an academic scholarship to the historically Black college Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and earned his B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Gene’s experience as a DPS teacher includes classroom teaching, coaching, and advising on social-emotional development. While teaching, he earned his masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. His firsthand experience in education has shown him where our schools are succeeding and where we can do better. As a teacher, he is committed to creating lifelong learners and models that commitment by working toward an MS in Biotechnology from Morehouse School of Medicine. As a man of Black and Puerto Rican heritage, he is focused on breaking down stereotypes and challenging the bias he has experienced firsthand. For his students, this means modeling restorative practices, relationship building, and a dedication to anti-racist and culturally sustaining curriculum. Gene knows these are a few of the key building blocks to help our students meet their full potential. He is also committed to recruiting and retaining teachers who reflect the diversity of the student body. Gene is married to Kenya who is a writer, poet, and performer; as well as the Chief Creative Officer of 5280 Artist Coop. Together they are raising two amazing DPS kids: Kylia, age 8, and Gene Jr., age 5.
In his own words:
“Instead of viewing Black and Hispanic students through a deficit lens, he said, the district needs to provide “every opportunity for our kids to be successful in the neighborhoods that they live in. They shouldn’t have to drive across town just to get a good education.”
What Parents Say about Gene:
"Como mama me sentí conectada a Gene y el trabajo que el esta haciendo con la comunidad y por sus hijos."
"As a mom I felt connected to Gene and the work he is doing with the community and for his kids," said DPS parent, Nallely Antunez.
You can read more about Gene in Chalkbeat Colorado’s profile on him.