Board of Education Meeting Update – November 27, 2017 Special Meeting

Four New and Returning Board of Education Members Sworn In

At a special meeting tonight, the Board of Education welcomed Angela Cobián (Southwest Denver), Carrie Olson (Central/East Denver) and Jennifer Bacon (Northeast Denver), as well as returning board member Barbara O’Brien (at-large citywide). The Honorable Judge Dianne L. Bricsoe administered the oaths of office for the newly elected board members, who will serve for four years in their roles.

These board members join the following already seated board members: President Anne Rowe representing District 1: Southeast, board member Lisa Flores representing District 5: Northwest and board member Happy Haynes who, along with O’Brien, represents the city at-large.

Jennifer Bacon taught fifth-grade students in New Orleans, practiced law with the AARP Legal Counsel in Washington, D.C., and was the board chair of the parent organizing group Padres y Jovenes Unidos in Denver.

Angela Cobián taught second- and third-grade literacy for English Language Learners (ELA-S) in Denver Public Schools. Additionally, she is a community organizer with Together Colorado.

Barbara O’Brien was the Colorado lieutenant governor from 2007 to 2011 and has been a member of the Board of Education since 2013. Before serving as the state’s lieutenant governor, she was president of the Colorado Children’s Campaign and helped create the Colorado Preschool Program for at-risk kids.

Carrie Olson has been a teacher in DPS for more than 30 years. She currently teaches an advisory class along with social studies in Spanish and English Language Development at DPS’ West Leadership Academy. To fulfill her role on the Denver Public Schools Board, Olson is stepping down from her teaching position effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Learn more about tonight’s meeting here.