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Living Our DPS Honoree: Esmeralda De La Oliva

Dec. 17, 2020

Students First

Esmeralda De La Oliva

Dean of Operations, Respect Academy

“Esmeralda De La Oliva came to Respect Academy in the 2019-20 school year with an extensive background as a Family and Community Liaison with the DPS FACE team. She has been able to leverage this training and experience along with her fierce commitment to our Spanish-speaking families to support our students and families at an unparalleled level. Ms. Esmeralda, as she is know by our community, is relentless in ensuring that Respect Academy students have equitable access to the knowledge, skills and technology needed to succeed in their remote courses. She personally delivers and trains students on how to access their courses in Schoology and has spent countless hours texting, calling and safely visiting our families to identify and address their barriers to school success. With staff, Esmeralda has built a strong reputation for integrity and excellence; we often tease her by referring to her as our very small but very mighty Raven. She exemplifies Students First, Equity and Integrity every day!”

Ann Cobb, Respect Academy