75%

MORE THAN 3/4 of our students are students of color.

50%

LESS THAN 1/2 of our African American & Hispanic students are performing proficiently

25%

LESS THAN 1/4 of our teachers are educators of color.

75%

MORE THAN 3/4 of our students are students of color.

50%

LESS THAN 1/2 of our African American & Hispanic students are performing proficiently

25%

LESS THAN 1/4 of our teachers are educators of color.

TEACH IN DENVER

Think back to your days in school. Did you have any teachers that looked like you? That went through the same experiences as you? What would it have been like if you did? Be a role model for students of color in Denver.

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LIVE IN DENVER

No longer the Old West, Denver has become one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a rich history of diversity and a population that is more than 50% people of color.

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DIVERSITY

In August 2015, Mayor Michael Hancock launched a citywide partnership to prioritize hiring and retaining more educators of color with Denver Public Schools, a host of charter school organizations and several other partners.

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We’d love to learn more about you and discuss the many opportunities to teach and lead in Denver!

Meet

Blake Hammond

I am a proud Colorado Native working with Denver Public Schools. Contact me.

Begin Story

What are some of the things that you love about Denver?

I wanted to be an educator in an urban landscape after teaching in a rural community in Mississippi. Denver definitely offers that, and I am very fortunate to work for an innovative and progressive school district. I really enjoy living in Colorado, and I love Denver's access to the mountains if I want to go on a hike with friends or simply enjoy a weekend taking in the outdoors. Considering that I am more of a city guy, Denver's vibrant downtown is great. What I enjoy most about Denver is its diversity! I have friends from all different backgrounds and walks of life.

What neighborhoods in Denver do you like? Why?

My favorite neighborhoods in Denver are Glendale and Montbello. Glendale is a very active area that has many places to shop, entertainment and has a variety of local restaurants that I tend to try with friends. Montbello is full of diversity, which fuels my passion to continue working in this community throughout my career. This neighborhood has a lot of native pride and heritage.

What is your favorite restaurant or entertainment activity in Denver?

Denver has a lot of fun activities to engage in, but to be honest, I really take advantage of the spacious parks that are located in the city. Denver is always very sunny even in the winter time, so people are always outside. My favorite activity is to spend time playing touch football, walking or working out with a group of people at Washington Park or City Park!

What is a popular myth about Denver that your experience has dispelled?

When I travel outside of Colorado, many people I speak with whom have never visited Denver believe that it's a place that lacks diversity and is geared towards only those who ski. Denver is home to many different cultures and backgrounds, that are present throughout the city. And I don't ski nor do my friends or family, but we have a great time hiking and being active outdoors with one another.

Black and Latinos Move to Denver To Teach
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"POWER FROM THE MARGINS"
SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

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