Dear Team DPS,
Do you ever experience those times when you feel happy and sad at the same time? When you hear something that you know is exciting for a friend but leaves you feeling a sense of loss? Well, that is how I am feeling as I share some news about our colleague, Chief Impact Officer, Amy Keltner. Amy has let me know that she and her family are moving to Washington State, where she will be joining a nonprofit that works in child welfare to connect organizations across the state around policy, advocacy and providing critical services for families and children. She is looking forward to this position, as it aligns with her deep commitment to equity with the added bonus of allowing her to spend more time with her three children and her husband, Jason.
I first came to know Amy 10 years ago, shortly after she joined DPS in a career change that helped her work toward her values of creating greater opportunity for the most underserved students in Denver. We have worked together on a variety of efforts an in multiple different roles. Amy helped DPS write an Investing in Innovation grant that awarded $30 million to DPS to support struggling middle school readers; she led the team effort to create our tiered support system to design a research-based, structured approach to school turn-around, resulting in school improvement, with 91% of intensive tier schools increasing their performance and bringing in over $14 million additional public and private grant funds. Most recently, Amy has been instrumental in leading the work to connect data, strategy and implementation of district priorities and large scale efforts, including the return to school efforts during this COVID pandemic.
Amy works tirelessly, with curiosity and a willingness to step in and learn as well as lead. I am eternally grateful to Amy for all that she has done in the time she has been in DPS. We are a stronger team because of her and I have grown both personally and professionally because of her example. I consider her a treasured friend and will miss her tremendously.
Over the coming weeks, I will be working with Mark Ferrandino and Deborah Staten to ensure that we move the important functions that Amy leads in the Impact Office to their appropriate new homes. Much of the Impact Office work will move to Operations, and Mark will be working with the Impact team and his broader team to ensure the important work continues to support the district. Deborah will lead Denver Plan work in collaboration with the Equity and Engagement team.
Thank you again to Amy! I hope you join me is wishing her the very best in her new adventure.