About DCTA

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.


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.


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


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 4,000 members representing approximately 5,500 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: Rob Gould

Direct office line: 303-831-6209
Email: DCTApresident@coloradoea.org

Vice President: Moira Casados Cassidy

School line: 720-423-6000
Email: moiraccassidy@gmail.com

Treasurer: Rachel Sandoval

School line: 303-936-3466
Email: rachel.sandoval.dcta@gmail.com

Secretary: Christina Medina

School line: 720-423-9440
Email: christinadmedina@gmail.com

Board of Directors

Sector A (Northwest)

  • Anna DeWitt, Denver North HS (Email)
  • Katie Allen, Polaris (Email)
  • Hipolito Garcia, Colfax (Email)
  • Brita Marrello, Bruce Randolph (Email)

Sector B (Northeast)

  • Katherine Kopp, McAuliffe Intl (Email)
  • Nik Arnoldi, Escalante-Biggs (Email)
  • David Hammond, Denver School of Arts (Email)
  • Beverly Thurman Baldwin, Park Hill (Email)

Sector C (Southwest)

  • Nicole Fetter, West Leadership (Email)
  • Beverly Wadman, Dennison (Email)
  • Robert Armagost, Excel (Email)
  • Kris Bethscheider, West Early College (Email)

Sector D (Southeast)

  • Moira Casados-Cassidy, Denver South HS (Email)
  • Katie McOwen, Place Bridge (Email)
  • Lynne Valencia Hernandez, Thomas Jefferson HS (Email)
  • Joell Mollman, Hamilton (Email)

Itinerant Sector Directors

  • Michelle Horwitz, SLP (Email)
  • Emily Wytiaz, ESLI (Email)

CEA Board Members

CEA Board Member: Kathryn Fleegal (Email)

CEA Board Member: Rachel Sandoval (Email)

CEA Board Member (alternate): Priscilla Shaw

CEA Board Member (alternate): Haley Breden

DCTA Staff

Executive Director: Rita Haecker

Phone: 803-465-6081
Email: Rhaecker@coloradoea.org

UniServ Director (Sector A): Kate Martin

Phone: 303-831-6153
Email: Kmartin@coloradoea.org

UniServ Director (Sector B): Michelle Garrison

Phone: 303-243-5219
Email: Mgarrison@coloradoea.org

UniServ Director (Sector C): Faviola Armendariz

Phone: 720-334-8308
Email: Farmendariz@coloradoea.org

UniServ Director (Sector D): Dave Szumiloski

Phone: 936-668-8927
Email: Dszumiloski@coloradoea.org

Communications Director: Angelina Ursetta

Phone: 720-663-7618
Email: Aursetta@coloradoea.org

Bookkeeping and Membership: Darrell Pate

Phone: 303-831-6088
Email: Dpate@coloradoea.org

Member Services: Diana Hernandez

Phone: 303-831-6098
Email: Dhernandez@coloradoea.org

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).