Meet the Denver teachers who are ready to take BOLD ACTION for our students!
Check out video from the DCTA Candidate Debate from March 1st at West High School:
Tommie Shimrock for DCTA President & Christina Medina for DCTA Vice-President
"For too long, DCTA members have wanted a union that fights for them and the kids they serve. What they have been offered is one which has little answer to co-locations, charters and the continued segregation of our city at the hands of DPS leadership. As a teacher, building rep, and DCTA organizer, I have worked to organize teachers, parents and students throughout Denver to push back. I will do the same as President of DCTA, and ensure that our union model empowers everyday teachers to fight for their professions and students."
- Tommie Shimrock, Special Educator at Henry World Middle School
"Our union must understand that education is a community effort, one in which teachers, parents and students need to lead together. I have worked as chair of the Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee (EMAC) to help teachers build a more just Denver. Through this work, members of DCTA have partnered with their community to support students and teachers and move our city forward. I am no stranger to the work of helping teachers see the value in membership in DCTA, and how this can better our schools and communities. I will do the same as Vice President."
- Christina Medina, ELA-S Montessori, Grades 1-3 - Academia Ana Marie Sandoval
Tiffany Choi for DCTA Board (Northeast)
Tiffany Choi is a French teacher at East High School. She is passionate about maintaining the integrity of public education and promoting social justice in education. She completed the Urban Community Teacher Education program from CU Denver in 2011, where she spent a year student teaching at Montbello High School. From this first hand school closure experience, she has since been active in pushing against district initiatives for privatization and charterization. In 2016 she joined the DCTA Board Accountability Team, where she helped organize the East High School Community Forum and the People’s Meeting, from which helped develop the platform for "Schools Denver Students Deserves." She regularly attends DPS board meetings and has engaged in the community as a teacher by marching in the Denver Pride Parade, standing against racial discrimination of teachers in the district, and campaigning for local school board candidates. She wants to build a more transparent, member-driven and engaged union that will be bold enough to fight for the public education that students deserve.
Marguerite Finnegan for DCTA Board (Southwest)
"I am a third-year Geometry teacher at John F. Kennedy High School. I have worked as a City Year corps member, a Denver Teacher Resident, and a Math Fellow. I’m a transplant from Michigan where I attended amazing public schools (before Devos et al got hold of it).
I believe in strong, stable public schools staffed by strong stable teachers. I believe that charterization and privatization of schools is a social justice issue for our students. I believe that teacher interests and student interests are one and the same. I started my career in turnaround and innovation schools, and when I landed at Kennedy I was blown away by the difference in culture that a well-established teaching force provided for students. Now my school and my district are under attack from big money, anti-teacher interests and I believe the union is the only power that can stand up to them, but not in our current state. We need to build our power by engaging members and I want to be a part of that."
- Marguerite Finnegan, Math Teacher at John F. Kennedy High School
Hipolito "Polo" Garcia for DCTA Board (Northwest)
"My name is Polo Garcia. I am a father of two DPS students, a West High School Graduate and have been in a Preschool classroom for 8 years, 5 as a paraprofessional and 3 as a teacher. I want to help you, help me take the association to the next level by advocating for students, teachers and families rights for an equitable public education. With my hardwork ethics, dedication to public service and our shared passion for education, I know that we can make DCTA a national model for others to aspire to be. I hope I can count on your vote in this up coming election. Thank you."
- Polo Garcia, Preschool Teacher at Colfax Elementary
Terri Hagerty for DCTA Board (Northwest)
"Hi, my name is Terri Hagerty I am special education teacher in DPS and I am running to fight for the schools are students deserve. I am also a mom in the district and I am invested in making sure we are moving towards creating safe and productive schools for our future generations. In addition, I am running to make sure that teachers voices are heard and a part of the process in creating change."
- Terri Hagerty, Special Education Teacher, DCIS at Fairmont
Kate Tynan-Ridgeway for DCTA Board (Northwest)
Kate Tynan-Ridgeway currently serves on the DCTA Board Directors and is committed to building a more democratic, active union that takes action on students' behalf.
She is ready to mobilize our members to combat corporate education reforms, like school closures, that are harming our students and disrupting our communities.