Denver Public Schools is pleased to announce that Priscilla Hopkins has been named the new executive director of early education. Priscilla is a lifelong educator who has served the district as an instructional superintendent and director of Early Childhood Education since July 2018 and has been with DPS since 2012.
With collaboration, growing leadership capacity and pedagogical excellence as her top priorities, she designed instructional leadership team meetings to help grow the leadership capacity of leaders throughout the school district. Hopkins has served as an assistant principal, a principal and an instructional superintendent overseeing the school district’s four early education centers.
“I am honored and thrilled for the opportunity to continue to serve Denver Public Schools,” Hopkins said. “I’m grateful that I can help guide such an amazing team of leaders and look forward to being involved in providing comprehensive, supportive and engaging learning environments for our youngest scholars.”
The selection process for this role was comprised of four stages, including three panel interviews and a town hall. DPS is thankful to the nearly 20 people representing more than 10 external organizations who partnered with the district in the hiring process.
Prior to working for DPS, Hopkins was a teacher in Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colorado and the Santa Maria-Bonita School District and East Whittier School District in California. She holds a master’s degree in School Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from the University of California–Irvine.
The executive director of early education leads all aspects of early education, including creating the vision for the district’s role in the early childhood community to support young children and families so that students experience a seamless continuum of services from birth through high school graduation.
Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Denver Public Schools