About DCTA

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What We Believe

DCTA believes public education is the gateway to opportunity. The following six core values guide our work, define our mission and inform everything we do together:

Equal Opportunity

We believe public education is the gateway to opportunity. All students have the human and civil right to a quality public education that develops their potential, independence, and character.

Professionalism


We believe that the expertise and judgment of education professionals are critical to student success. We maintain the highest professional standards, and we expect the status, compensation, and respect due all professionals.

A Just Society

We believe public education is vital to building respect for the worth, dignity, and equality of every individual in our diverse society.

Partnership

We believe partnerships with parents, families, communities, and other stakeholders are essential to quality public education and student success.

Democracy

We believe public education is the cornerstone of our republic. Public education provides individuals with the skills to be involved, informed, and engaged in our representative democracy.

Collective Action

We believe individuals are strengthened when they work together for the common good. As education professionals, we improve both our professional status and the quality of public education when we unite and advocate collectively.

Who We Are

DCTA has nearly 3,000 members representing more than 5,600 educators throughout DPS. We are all dedicated professionals working to create the Schools Denver Students Deserve. Our leadership includes four elected Executive Officers, 16 board members and countless members serving on committees and special teams to work on behalf of all DPS teachers.

Executive Officers:

President: Henry Roman

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Henry Roman began his education journey as a fifth grade teacher. His interest in DCTA began during his second year when he served as a representative for his building. Today as president, Henry serves as the executive officer of the association and as its policy leader. He represents DCTA among media and other influential contacts and provides leadership for all association meetings and duties. Henry has enjoyed DCTA membership since 1995 and has previously served in a variety of leadership positions, including as a building representative

Vice-President: Lynne Valencia-Hernandez

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As VP, Lynne is the membership committee chair helping to facilitate the annual membership and organizing campaign. She also co-chairs Executive Council, Board and Representative Council meetings. Lynne is a delegate at the annual CEA assembly and the annual NEA representative assembly – and currently serves on the DCTA Bargaining Team. A DCTA member since 1998, Lynne has previously served as a building representative, on the DCTA Board, the Benefits Bargaining Board and as Executive Secretary. Lynne currently teaches English at Thomas Jefferson High School.

Treasurer: Ann Franco

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Ann Franco serves as DCTA’s treasurer, overseeing the management and reporting of all financial duties of the association, approving and distributing all funds for DCTA and managing DCTA’s budget. Ann has been a member of DCTA since 1991, and has also served as a building representative and board member at both CEA and DCTA.

Secretary: Amber Wilson

Amber Wilson serves as DCTA’s secretary. Over the course of her career, Amber has taught students English language arts at the secondary level ranging from middle school through high school in several DPS schools. For the past nine years, Ms. Wilson has taught at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver.  Amber Wilson has been a Denver Public School teacher since 2000, and has served in a variety of capacities including Association Representative as well as on the DCTA Board of Directors and the CEA Board of Directors.

Ex Officio Board Members:

CEA Secretary Treasurer: Lawrence Garcia

CEA Board Member: Kathryn Fleegal

CEA Board Member: Timothy Brown

Board of Directors:

Northwest Sector
Kate Tynan-Ridgeway
Cecilia Miller
Kris Bethscheider
Christina Medina

Northeast Sector
Katherine Kopp
Andrea Leggett
Beverly Thurman-Baldwin
Isabel Wolfarth

Southwest Sector
Yolanda Castaneda
Rachel Sandoval
Ammon Lucero
Beverly Wadman

Southeast Sector
Hayley Breden
Pedro Camacho
Dixie Lingler
Elizabeth McMahon

Partnerships and Affiliations

DCTA’s recognized education leaders, including classroom teachers and specialized service providers, are proud to be affiliated with a number of organizations, including the 40,000-member Colorado Education Association (CEA) and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association (NEA).

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