Qualifications

I am honored to represent District 2 because of my experiences and accomplishments as a student, teacher, and organizer. I have taught students in DPS, taught teachers on a Fulbright Scholarship, and even designed curriculum. Not only was I the Mile High Scholar at CMS Elementary School (1999-2000) in southwest Denver; but I also earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction to better serve my students. I can empathize with teachers who love what they do  and want a sense of dignity in their profession. Combining my experience in education with managing 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