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Leaders from Across the Nation Celebrate Susana Cordova

Dec. 18, 2018

Since Susana Cordova was named DPS’ next superintendent on Dec. 17, we have heard from leaders across the nation celebrating and congratulating Susana on her new role. See below to read more:

“Denver Public Schools could not have made a better choice than Susana Cordova to serve as superintendent.  She brings not only deep knowledge of high-quality teaching and learning and an unwavering commitment to ensuring equitable access to that teaching and learning for all students, but also a Denver native’s knowledge of her city and how best to serve its young people and families. I am thrilled to have her as a colleague in urban education leadership.” Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools


“Susana values our teachers and appreciates the challenges they face, because she has been there, in the classroom.  She knows first-hand the frustrations, joys and difficulties; and understands the expertise and relentless work it takes to be a successful educator. … At this time in DPS’ history of great promise but also great challenge, our students deserve to have a compassionate, experienced, effective, collaborative and tireless leader as Superintendent. Susana Cordova is that leader. ” — Former Denver Mayors Wellington Webb and Federico Peña


“I would like to congratulate both the Denver Public Schools and Susana Cordova for her selection as the next Superintendent for DPS. This is the ‘best fit’ for both. Denver Public Schools is known nationally for its progressive nature and no one knows DPS like Ms. Cordova. I have known Susana Cordova as the former director of the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. I was her mentor and coach as she was the star of the cohort. I have stayed in close contact with her over the last five years and am extremely excited about her leadership for DPS.” – Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of Schools, Dallas Independent School District, Texas 


“Congratulations Susana Cordova on being selected to be our next Superintendent of DPS! Susana has positively impacted Denver communities throughout her entire tenure in DPS. She models resilience, servant leadership, and the willingness to authentically listen to every stakeholder that wants what is best for our students. Susana brings tremendous expertise about what it takes to provide high-quality instruction across our schools based on her extensive background working directly with students. With Susana at the helm of DPS our district will continue to be innovative and compete nationally as one of the best urban school districts in our country!” — Blake Hammond, Principal, Green Valley Elementary


“Denver Public Schools made a wise choice in selecting Susana Cordova as the next Superintendent. The combination of her track record increasing achievement for all students, commitment to children, knowledge of the Denver community as a lifelong resident and desire to partner with the entire community position her to be the successful leader of Denver Public Schools for years to come.” — Pete Gorman, former superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Chiefs for Change


“Susanna Cordova is a thoughtful and collaborative leader; the Office of Children’s Affairs looks forward to partnering with her to ensure the Denver Public Schools is an inclusive and diverse environment where all students can succeed.” — Erin Brown, Executive Director, Office Children’s Affairs, City and County of Denver


“Susana Cordova is the right superintendent at the right time in Denver. We need an educator to take our community to the next level closing gaps and dramatically raising achievement for all students. These next few years will require enormous leadership and we will need Susana to ask all of Denver to step up and support our kids.”  — Van Schoales, CEO, A Plus Colorado


“Susana Cordova is among the most impressive and gifted public school leaders in the nation. She possesses an extraordinary range of management and leadership skills and life experiences that are critical to driving change in a complex, large urban school district. She has been an invaluable partner and role model in the Public Education Leadership Project, a joint initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Business School to improve student performance of schools districts throughout the U.S. Denver Public Schools is very fortunate to have Susana as their next Superintendent.” –Dr. Andres Alonso, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education