Stand has endorsed three candidates running for Denver Public Schools Board of Education. Over the next week we will be sharing more about these three candidates and why they were named education champions by our parent-led endorsement commitee. You can read more about the roles and responsibilities of DPS board members here and here. Up first is Karolina Villagrana in District 2.
Karolina is the daughter of immigrants and grew up in Southwest Denver. She is an experienced leader and passionate educator. She has served as Principal-in-Residency, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, and classroom teacher. She is a graduate of Colorado University of Denver and holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in Educational Leadership. When she arrived at college, she recalls entering a classroom of nearly 200 students and did not find one that looked like her. She says, “unfortunately, that story continues to be the reality for students today.” Ensuring all students feel a sense of belonging at school is a priority for her.
In her own words:
“Our students, our Southwest Denver kids, deserve the best quality education, and as a strong multi- generational and multicultural community, we can build a better future for our kids together.”
What Parents Say about Karolina:
“I believe Karolina’s philosophy on community engagement and parent involvement is excellent. She also emphasizes the importance of including the voice of a students’ village in the decision-making process, which I really liked,” said Tina Carroll, DPS Parent.