Get to Know the Board

There are seven members on the Denver Board of Education. Five members are elected by voters within five geographic regions or districts while the other two members are elected at-large by voters across the entire city. Board members serve for four-year terms; these terms are staggered so no more than four board members are selected in any one election.

Contact the Board

Board of Education
Emily Griffith Campus
1860 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203
720-423-3210

Email: board@dpsk12.org

Dr. Carrie Olson
District 3
Board President
Term: 2017-2021
Carrie_Olson@dpsk12.org

Learn More About Carrie

I am very excited to serve on the DPS Board of Education as I dedicated my entire adult life to teaching in Denver Public Schools. My 33 year career has included elementary, middle, and high school education. From 1985 – 1988, I worked at Mitchell Elementary School as a Grade 3 ELA-S teacher. From 1988-1989 I worked as a Grade 3 ELA-S teacher at Force Elementary School. From 1989 – 2000 I worked at Munroe Elementary School as a Grades 4 – 5 ELA-S teacher. From 2000 – 2014 I worked at Kepner Middle School where I taught Grades 6 – 8 in a variety of subjects including math, reading, English Language Acquisition, and a travel class. Since 2014 I taught at West Leadership Academy on the West Campus where I taught an advisory class as well as social studies in Spanish and English Language Development to students in Grades 6 – 12.

I received my B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa in August 1985. I received my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis is Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Colorado at Denver in August 1990. I received my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Denver in August 2016. My dissertation, The Meaning of Educational Travel in the Lives of Urban Middle School  Students: A Transformative Mixed Methods Study, examined quantitative data from DPS and qualitative data from interviews with former travelers and a focus group chaperones. In addition, I hold a Colorado Professional Master Teacher License and am a National Board Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood Generalist) since 1999. I am certified in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Linguistically Different (ESL), and Spanish.

From 2004 – 2014, I held the position of Executive Director for the Kepner Educational Excellence Program, a supporting nonprofit of Kepner Middle School. KEEP supported student educational travel at Kepner Middle School and provided mini grants for teachers to assist in building relationships and strengthening academic achievement. From 1993 – 2014, my team and I traveled with over 800 students from the Westwood neighborhood to Washington, DC and Europe. Since 2006 I am a Museum Teacher Fellow for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and run conferences and seminars for teachers and professors regarding Holocaust and genocide education. Currently, I am working with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the Ministry of Education in El Salvador to train teachers in Holocaust and genocide education. In 2008, I began work with EF Tours as a Global Education Ambassador where I have trained teachers and have given talks on my dissertation.

My daughter Ekaterina (Katya) is a DPS graduate having attending Denison Montessori, Kepner Middle School and George Washington High School. She is a junior in college at Bryn Mawr. I am a northern Minnesota native and I love to canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with Katya and my family. Other hobbies I enjoy when not working with my quirky adolescents, are reading while walking on my treadmill, traveling anywhere, skiing in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, and cooking vegan food for anyone willing to try it.

 

Jennifer Bacon
District 4
Vice President
Term: 2017 – 2021
Jennifer_Bacon@dpsk12.org

Learn More About Jennifer

 As a classroom teacher, school administrator, lawyer, and parent advocate, Jennifer has committed her career to advancing opportunities through education. Whether through serving as the board chair of a parent organizing group Padres y Jovenes Unidos, facilitating “Know Your Rights” trainings for students, or developing educators on how to engage and make change civically, Jennifer lives out her belief that the best decisions are those made by those most impacted. From a young age, Jennifer’s family instilled in her the belief that education is freedom, and set her on a path to earn a JD from the College of William & Mary, a Master’s in Education from Florida International University, and Bachelor’s in Business Management from Tulane University. Jennifer is proud to have been elected in November 2017 to represent District 4.          

Angela Cobián
District 2
Treasurer
Term: 2017-2021
Angela_Cobian@dpsk12.org

Learn More About Angela

Angela Cobián is a first-generation Mexican-American from southwest Denver. Cobián was elected in November 2017 to represent her community of District 2. The first in her family to graduate from college, Angela Cobián attended The Colorado College. Cobián graduated with a Bachelors in Political Science and a Minor in Spanish in 2011.She earned the Fred Sondermann Award in Political Science and membership in the Pi Gamma Mu Honors Society. Angela then returned to her hometown to teach 2nd and 3rd grade Literacy for English Language Acquisition-Spanish students in Denver Public Schools. Cobián concurrently earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado-Denver. In 2013, Cobián was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to consult with the NGO Ensena por Mexico on program development for student-led social change initiatives, as well as teach English at the National Pedagogical University in Mexico City.

Upon returning from Mexico, Cobián returned to the school she taught at as a Bilingual Community Organizer with Together Colorado, an affiliate of the PICO National Network. In this role, she co-lead school and congregation-based organizing with parents and parishioners, working on immigration and education issues. Angela continues her work in collective action as the Manager of Organizing Strategy for Denver and Memphis with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). In recognition of her work in the community, Cobián was awarded the Denver Foundation’s Swanee Hunt Emerging Leader Award in 2017.

In her volunteer time, Angela is a member of The Colorado College Alumni Association Board and CC Alumni and Students of Color Association. She has previously volunteered with the Denver Foundation, Chinook Fund, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. Cobián is also a former trustee of the Colorado College, and served on the Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC) for the 2016 Bond and Mill Levy. Outside of work and volunteering, Cobián enjoys reading, politics, history, listening to jazz and cumbia-punk music, as well as visiting the Denver Art Museum.

Tay Anderson
At Large
Secretary
Term: 2019 – 2023
Tay_Anderson@dpsk12.org

Learn More About Tay

Tay Anderson is a product of Denver Public Schools where he graduated from Denver’s Manual High School in 2017. After high school he began to serve the students of Denver as an educator at University Park Elementary and North High School. He has served in the Colorado State Legislature as a legislative aide, where he advised legislators on policy around education, homelessness, gun control and more. Tay has served the Democratic Party in many roles and has been awarded the Murphy Roberts Award by the Colorado Democratic Party for his continuous service to the party. Tay is passionate about making the world a better place than the one he grew up in. He has dedicated his life on protecting women’s rights, African American rights, Latinx rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, Indigenous rights, Muslim rights, and disabled persons’ rights. He has participated in numerous public demonstrations as well as conversations and meetings with school district leaders, state leaders, and members of Congress on social justice issues. Tay gets his passion and perseverance from his mother and grandmother. His grandmother is a retired educator of 35 years. His family is comprised of educators and they have over 115 years of combined experience teaching our students to step into their greatness.

Scott Baldermann
District 1
Term: 2019-2023
Scott_Baldermann@dpsk12.org

Learn More About Scott

Scott Baldermann is a parent of two children in southeast Denver. From 2016-2018 he was the PTA President at Lincoln Elementary School and was on the school’s Collaborative School Committee for the 2018-19 school year. Scott received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Nebraska in 2000. He grew up in Aurora, Colorado where he attended his neighborhood schools and graduated from Rangeview High School. He was elected to serve as the District 1 Representative in November 2019.

Reverend Bradley Laurvick
District 5
Term: 2019-2023
Brad_Laurvick@dpsk12.org

Learn More About Brad

Rev. Bradley Laurvick serves northwest Denver as pastor of Highlands United Methodist Church. His leadership, in the congregation and community, has built relationships, cared for families in need, and advocated for progressive changes in society. During his 7 year tenure, the church has nearly tripled the size of its congregation, opened a preschool, created new community space (The Garage). Brad believes in strong community partnerships and has served as the president of the West Highland Merchants Association; Vice President of the board of directors for Denver Urban Matters (DenUM); and serves on the Centennial Elementary Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and Fundraising Committee. He is an active supporter of Reading Partners, Family Promise of Greater Denver, and Education Through Music Colorado. He has brought a plethora of community events to his neighborhood, from Taste of Highlands to Día de los Niños (in partnership with Latino Pride). As a community leader he has brought Child Assault Prevention Training, Bias Awareness Training, and community listening sessions to the neighborhood.    Brad and his wife Meghan have two children, their oldest is a DPS first grader. He and Meghan enjoy volunteering in the classroom and reading with their kids. His previous work experience includes community health education (CU, Boulder) and technology (Apple, Inc). He received his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (BS, ‘03) and his masters degree from the Iliff School of Theology (MDiv, ‘07). Brad enjoys yoga, cycling, and swimming as ways to care for himself. Most of the year, you’ll find him biking to and from board meetings.

Barbara O’Brien
At Large
Term: 2017 – 2021
Barbara_Obrien@dpsk12.org

Learn More About Barbara

Barbara O’Brien has been on the Board of Education since 2017.  She is Senior Fellow for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, a national initiative to increase the number of third-graders who are reading at grade level. Prior to this, she was Lieutenant Governor of Colorado from 2007-2011, and president of the Colorado Children’s Campaign for sixteen years.

As a member of the school board, O’Brien helped develop the Early Literacy Plan 2020, co-chaired the committee that created the Early Literacy Roadmap that will link city and school district services for literacy and language development, co-sponsored a new district policy to​ ​reduce suspensions and expulsions in early education through third grade, and has worked to expand funding for social and emotional supports for students.