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New DPS Board Members Sworn In

New board members from left to right: Jennifer Bacon, Carrie Olson, Angela Cobián and Barbara O'Brien.
New board members, from left to right, Jennifer Bacon, Carrie Olson, Angela Cobián and Barbara O'Brien.

At a special meeting Monday night, the Board of Education welcomed Angela Cobián (Southwest Denver), Carrie A. Olson (Central/East Denver) and Jennifer Bacon (Northeast Denver), as well as returning board member Barbara O’Brien (at-large citywide). The Honorable Judge Dianne L. Briscoe administered the oaths of office for the newly elected board members, who will serve for four years in their roles.

These board members join the following already seated board members: President Anne Rowe representing District 1: Southeast, board member Lisa Flores representing District 5: Northwest and board member Happy Haynes who, along with O’Brien, represents the city at-large. Bios for current board members are available here.

Jennifer Bacon has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, lawyer and parent advocate. She taught fifth-grade students in New Orleans, practiced law with the AARP Legal Counsel in Washington, D.C., and was the board chair of the parent organizing group Padres y Jovenes Unidos in Denver. Read her bio.

Angela Cobián taught second- and third-grade literacy for English Language Learners (ELA-S) in Denver Public Schools. After completing a Fulbright Scholarship in Mexico City in 2013-14, she returned to the school where she previously taught to serve as a bilingual community organizer for Together Colorado. She continues her advocacy work as the manager of organizing strategy for Leadership for Educational Equity for Denver and Memphis. Read her bio.

Barbara O’Brien was the Colorado lieutenant governor from 2007 to 2011 and has been a member of the Board of Education since 2013. Before serving as the state’s lieutenant governor, she was president of the Colorado Children’s Campaign and helped create the Colorado Preschool Program for at-risk kids. Read her bio.

Carrie A. Olson has been a teacher in DPS for more than 30 years. She currently teaches an advisory class along with social studies in Spanish and English Language Development at DPS’ West Leadership Academy. To fulfill her role on the Denver Public Schools Board, Olson is stepping down from her teaching position effective Jan. 1, 2018. Read her bio.

Learn more about Monday’s meeting here and visit the board’s webpage to see the 2017-18 board meeting calendar, agendas for upcoming meetings and board policies (updated photos coming soon!).