Dear West Leadership Families,
My name is Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra, and I am excited to introduce myself as the Interim Principal of West Leadership Academy. I am honored to have been selected to join the School, which is recognized for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to serve a quality education and college preparation program that supports the development of culturally aware students who will become citizens with the tools to lead in the 21st century.
Over the past 18 years, I have worked as a teacher and administrator in the K-12 arena and in the university setting. As a middle school math and technology teacher, I had the opportunity to coach boys and girls basketball and football. I taught education courses at New Mexico State University white, attending my doctoral degree. After this opportunity, I moved to become an administrator as a Director of Teacher Education program at Santa Fe Community College, which led me to become a turnaround principal at Santa Fe Public Schools. As a team, we were able to create a strong academic and staff culture to move our school into high performing. We presented our successful turnaround work at national and international conferences, including the National Association of Bilingual Education and Dual Language of New Mexico, La Cosecha. I also had the opportunity to lead Denver Public Schools Summer Academy, where I supervised principals in rigorous instruction and operations for 25 schools.
My goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment in which students, staff, and faculty are able to grow. I am aligned with our school’s mission to empower students through a purposeful precollegiate education. Through collaboration and caring, we can help students learn in exciting ways while respecting and keeping their own identities.
But my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am the father of three beautiful children: Isabella, who is 13, Angelina, who is 9, and Sofia Rose, who is 5. People often say I treat all children in my school as if they were my own. Please know that I will work tirelessly to ensure all your children have the best possible experiences while at West Leadership Academy. I also enjoy staying active, mountain biking, basketball, football, fishing, skiing, and reading.
Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your community. I look forward to getting to know you and your children. I will be working most days this summer to ensure a smooth transition. Please stop by to say hello. We will also be having virtual meetings on August 6, 13, 24, from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm.
I look forward to meeting and working with you,
Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra
(Pronouns: He/Him/His + why they matter)
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West Leadership Academy
951 Elati St. Denver, CO 80204