Early Education Team

Our Team

Denver Public Schools Early Education Department focuses on building shared best practices for working with young children and their families and promoting the value of early education through advocacy and strategic communications. keeping the community informed.

Our team is committed to administrator and teacher effectiveness; aligned standards, curricula, and assessments of social-emotional and academic skills for students from PreK to third grade; quality learning environments; family engagement; data driven improvement; and collaboration with the community.

Early Education Staff

A – L

Julio Alas – Community Support Partner

Jessica Anglin – Regional Specialist

Shanla Arellano – Head Start Family Liaison

Liz Beindorff – Head Start Disability Coordinator

Fatima Challinor – Head Start Family Liaison

Cristal Cisneros – Regional Specialist

Makayla De La Oliva – Head Start Health Tech

Louisa Diffey – Director of Strategic Initiatives

Darzelle Efferson – Client Technical Support – Denver East

Erin Ellis – Office Support II

Becka Eschel – Head Start Operations Coordinator

Alex Foster – Head Start Family Services Manager

Socorro Frias – Head Start Health Tech

Nydia Gonzales – Head Start Family Liaison

Laura Green – Office Support III

Ashia Grimes – Licensing Specialist

Julissa Gomez-VanDeVelde – Head Start Nurse

Monica Guerrero – Office Support III

Rosie Hernandez – Head Start Office Support II

Priscilla Hopkins – Executive Director

Andrea “Andi” Ives – Business Manager

Sydney Kalin – Regional Specialist

Carmella Krupicka – Community Support Partner

Karen Labuda – Head Start Family Liaison

M – Z

Irma Martinez – Head Start Family Liaison

Nancy Mauro – Lead Regional Specialist

Lois McDonald – Head Start Family Liaison

Luz Mezzacapo – Head Start Family Liaison

Bridgitt Mitchell – Early Education Director

Danielle Mitchell – Regional Specialist

Thuy Nguyen – Head Start Health RN

Max Panten – Client Technical Support – Denver West

José Paz – Director of Head Start

Fernando Perez-Soto – Head Start Family Liaison

Cheryl “Cheri” Quigley – Head Start Health RN

Michaelle Salvador – Head Start Family Liaison

Pam Stigall – Regional Specialist

Amar Vaanchig – Budget Analyst

Dolores Vargas – Head Start Family Liaison

Jane Walsh – Director of Community Partnerships

Reyna Valdez – Community Engagement Specialist

Rafael Vasquez – Head Start Family Liaison

Nguyen Vo – Systems and Process Manager

Elyse Yurth Adlin – Head Start Education Coordinator