March 2014 Member Spotlight - Susana Cordova
Chief Academic Officer,
Denver Public Schools
Career Highlights & Education: I have a BA in English, endorsed in ESL and English; MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership.
What I like best about my job is: I love working with educators who understand that what they do changes kids’ lives. As a first generation college graduate, I know that I couldn’t be where I am without the “village” I found in my schools and I love working in a school district where we embrace this responsibility.
The best advice I’ve ever received is: “Praise the bridge that carried you over.” In other words, remember the people who gave you opportunities and be the bridge to the future for others.
Advice you would give a new superintendent or school system leader: Be true to yourself in all that you do—your values matter and make you the best leader you can be.
If I ever snuck out of work early, I could probably be found: Picking up my kids to sneak in a Netflix marathon while building Lego castles.
People would be surprised to know that: Not only have I worked my entire professional career in the Denver Public Schools, but I am also a DPS grad, as are my parents and (soon to be)—both my kids.
One thing I wish more people knew about ALAS is: ALAS is an incredible organization to connect with people who are working on the same issues, who share a similar history but also have unique perspectives on how to ensure educational opportunities of high quality for all students. Plus, our conferences are a blast!