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Published on Feb 21, 2018
Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova’s unwavering commitment to equity for all students has led to major improvements for English-learners in Denver’s public schools.
Her own revelation as a student that her culture and heritage were not setbacks, but strengths that could bolster her success, led her to teaching and a path-breaking career as the first Latina deputy superintendent in the 92,000-student district.
“She is just a perpetual fighter for kids who don’t have opportunities—and we need that in schools,” said Peter Gorman, a former superintendent of North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. “She is looking out for all students—and that’s powerful.”
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