Qualifications

I am honored to represent District 2 because of my experiences and accomplishments as a student, teacher, and organizer. Not only was I the Mile High Scholar at CMS Elementary School (1999-200) in southwest Denver; but I also earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I can empathize with students in the classroom and also teachers who love what they do and also struggle with protecting their plan-time and dignity in the profession. I have taught students, teachers, and even designed curriculum! Combined with my experience managing grant funds for community organizing groups and budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars in both the private and public space, I am qualified to lead this District on Denver Public School Board of Education.

  • Masters, The University of Colorado-Denver- I earned my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction while I was teaching. I focused on Linguistically Diverse Education because I wanted to better serve my students, who were learning to read and write English as a second language G.P.A. 4.0
  • Bachelor of Arts, The Colorado College- I was the first in my family to go to college. I earned my Bachelors degree in Political Science with a Minor in Spanish because I wanted to learn how to strengthen our democracy and change my community. Dean’s List, Fred Sondermann Award in Political Science
  • Mile High Scholar, Charles M. Schenck Elementary Schools- I was the fifth grade Mile High Scholar at my elementary school in southwest Denver. I was also the Student Body President during the 1999-2000 school year.
  • Teaching students, Denver Public Schools– I taught 2nd and 3rd grade literacy English Language Acquisition Spanish (ELA-S) at Cole Arts and Sciences Academy. My students grew beyond the typical year both years I taught. My classroom theme was Education as Resistance.
  • Teaching teachers, Fulbright Scholar, Mexico City– I spent one year teaching teachers at the National Pedagogical University in Mexico City. I worked with Mexican professors who were teaching second-language teachers.
  • Designing curriculum, Education Pioneers– I had a summer fellowship where I designed a K-5th grade project-based learning curriculum. The focus of the curriculum was career readiness with a culturally competent lens.
  • Parent organizing, Together Colorado– When I came back from Mexico, the father of one of my students urged me to join Together Colorado as a Bilingual Community Organizer. I organized parents at Cole, the school where I had previously taught. Our parents testified at the state capitol for strong academic standards and access to driver’s licenses for undocumented community members.
  • Trustee, The Colorado College– I served as the Young Alumni Trustee at my alma mater. As trustees, we were responsible for being good stewards of the college’s hundred-million dollar endowment. I advocated for a increasing the number of students of color and first-time college students and institutionalizing eco-friendly practices and sustainability.
  • Member, Community Planning and Advisory Committee, Denver Public Schools– I was on the CPAC for the 2016 Bond and Mill Levy. I learned how public funds are spent and shaped by citizens committees. I know which voices are missing from these tables and worked to add additional funds for free and public transportation for students who are low-income on behalf of the parents who shaped the campaign. Students need to be able to get around our city for their jobs and recreation.
  • Grant Making Committee, The Chinook Fund– As an organizer for a small community group, I wanted to ensure other organizing groups had the funds they needed to shape our city’s social justice landscape. Working side-by-side with other organizers, we visited and granted thousands of dollars for state-wide community-organizing efforts.
Angela Cobián

Angela Cobián