FOR SOUTHWEST DENVER KIDS
As a daughter of immigrants growing up in Southwest Denver, I learned first-hand the value of hard work and the hope that a quality education can level the playing field for children and eventually their families. When I arrived at college at the University of Colorado, I entered a classroom of nearly 200 students and did not find one who looked like me. Unfortunately, that story continues to be the reality for students today.
As one of my high school students once told me, “A veces siento que no merezco ir a la universidad.” [“At times I feel as if I do not deserve to go college.”] I became an educator and am now running for Denver School Board because I know so many of our students feel that education is not intended for them. Our students, our Southwest Denver kids, deserve the best quality education, and as a strong multi- generational and multicultural community, we can build a better future for our kids together. Born and raised in Denver, I experienced many of the issues facing our children today. As an educator and school leader, I understand those challenges and will leverage my vast experience to have an immediate and lasting impact for our kids in District 2.
We support all our learners from day one, beginning with a strong literacy foundation.
Our students are complex, thus we need benchmarks that leverage comprehensive data points that are inclusive of supporting ALL our students
Loved Ones and Community Partnership
Quality education does not only happen during school and it cannot be achieved without loved ones and the larger community. It is key that we create partnerships to enrich student academic programming and wellness.
Putting Her Experience
An experienced leader and passionate educator, Karolina Villagrana has always sought to influence education policy and connect it with best practices. Karolina leverages a rich history of school leadership, management, strategic planning, innovation, and community building. She has served as Principal-in-Residency, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, and both a founding teacher and classroom teacher. She is a graduate of Colorado University of Denver and holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in Educational Leadership.