Leadership

Teresa Sena-Klava, Principal

Teresa’s career as an educator and leader began in 1988 in the Denver Public Schools. She served as a teacher, mathematics instructional specialist and administrator in the Denver Public Schools and the university level.  As a parent of four children, Teresa believes that parents and community are essential partners to ensure student success. Her parents, both retired DPS principals, have inspired her to continually seek opportunities for access and excellence for all students.

Teresa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with a minor in Bilingual Education at Metropolitan State College, a Master of Arts degree in Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Denver, and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Denver.

 

Cris Sandoval, Assistant Principal

CrisSandovalMacalester College – Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
School for International Studies — Spanish Language & Chilean Art and Culture
University of Denver – Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS) Principal Licensure Program
University of Denver – Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Raised by grassroots, activist parents in Northwest Denver and educated through the Denver Public Schools system, I am a proud graduate of North High School.

I lead with solid ethics and active collaboration. I value and use honest communication, kindness, and an empathic perspective to navigate interactions with staff, students, stakeholders, and families. My experience demonstrates this approach can yield profound, sustainable outcomes. With a history as an advocate for members of my school community, I will endeavor to instill a powerful sense of pride in our collective work.

My head, hand, and heart, as vehicles of compassion, will guide my path as I maintain my focus on learning and equity-minded leading. My strategic and adaptive leadership style is through a lens of empowerment, diversity, social justice, integrity, rigorous and relevant instruction, and courageous innovation. I believe that with strong values, dedication, versatility, and cultural responsiveness we can continue to improve Denver Pubic Schools for next generations. I am eager to work on a synergetic vision, with the resourceful WLA team, to continue to guide Denver Public Schools towards positive and transformative change.