Meet Vernon Jones Jr.

Elections | 09/30/2021

Krista Spurgin
Executive Director

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 next is Vernon Jones Jr. who is running for the At-Large Seat.

Vernon was born and raised in Colorado with family roots in Denver since the 1960’s. He is the father of five children who are all current or former students in Denver Public Schools. He is currently the Executive Director of the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone (NDIZ) a group of six semi-autonomous schools in the northeast part of Denver. Previously, Vernon served as a teacher and leader at Manual High School and Executive Director of Omar D. Blair Charter School in Green Valley Ranch. 

In his own words:

“We believe that a better and best reality for students, families, and staff is possible now. We believe that the box of education, structures and systems designed for some, must be reimagined by the genius of students, families, and staff closest to the work.”

What Parents Say about Vernon:

“Especially in times of divisiveness the skill of listening can be the most healing. Vernon's approach to community engagement is clearly rooted in this and gives me hope that, with him on the board, we can get to a place where space is made for voices to be heard and tempered, thoughtful, impactful solutions can be co-created and moved forward for the betterment of our children and the future of our city,” said DPS parent Kaye Taavialma.

You can read Chalkbeat’s profile of Vernon here.

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