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CEA A.C.E Fellowship Program

Advocacy, Civil Rights, and Equity make up the foundation for the A.C.E. Fellowship.

 

 

About

The A.C.E. Fellowship a newly designed program meant to address the issues BIPOC educators experience in their classrooms, schools, and districts. The fellowship provides opportunities for the fellows to learn ways to increase the retention and recruitment of BIPOC educators. Fellows also participate in CEA programming related to organizing.

The Fellowship runs for one academic year, with applications opening each fall.

2023-2024 CEA Ambassador Fellows

 

Derene Armelin

Derene Armelin

Derene has taught for over ten years, and embracing equity is her passion. She actively seeks out individuals who share her vision to make equity what it was meant to be. She believes being an A.C.E. Fellowship participant is her steppingstone to help right the injustices that have affected so many lives.

 

Brittany Bates

Brittany Bates

Brittany is an educator with 15 years of experience and a box full of tools to help support every student who walks through her door. Through the A.C.E. Fellowship, she hopes to provide the same strong mentorship she received in order to boost retention and uplift other teachers who look like her.

 

Taurean Hamm

Taurean Hamm

Taurean is a sixth-year educator, an ELA teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School, and a Black Student Alliance (BSA) sponsor. He chose to participate in the A.C.E. Fellowship because he wanted a space to feel seen as a Black educator, be heard as a Black educator, and provide his experience and persppectives to empower other eudcators of color.

 

Patrick Jiner

Patrick Jiner

Patrick began his fulfilling career as a teacher in the early 2000s. Beyond the classroom, he extends his influence to the sports arena, coaching and nurturing athletic talents in the community. He spearheads food and coat drives, ensuring that the less fortunate receive essential resources, especially during challenging times.

Trish Rue

Trish Rue

Trish is a San Luis Valley Native who has been in education for over 20 years. She is a math teacher at Skoglund Middle School in the Center Consolidated School District. Trish believes the A.C.E. fellowship is pivotal in education today, allowing educators to find mentors and resources to continue the path in public education.

Deborah Sims Fard

Deborah Sims Fard

Deborah is a proud educator who has taught for over 20 years. Her career includes Culturally Responsive Teaching Coach, Bullying Prevention/Restorative Practice Specialist, and currently Second-grade Classroom Teacher at Stedman Elementary, where her students are affectionately referred to as “Brilliant Minds.” Deborah plans to use her time as an A.C.E. Fellow to strengthen her skills to lead institutional transformation.

Veronica Wilder

Veronica Wilder

Veronica is in her 19th year of teaching and is a first-generation BIPOC educator. She is currently a MLL teacher at Global Leadership Academy in Mapleton Public Schools. Veronica knows there is a strong need and value for having a support network and mentorship to retain our BIPOC educators. Representation contributes to a more inclusive and equitable space in our profession. The A.C.E. Fellowship is a perfect example of the work that must be done to achieve this.

 

Shamae D. Williams, RN, BS, BSN, NCSN

Shamae D. Williams, RN, BS, BSN, NCSN

Sharmae is a 3rd generation Denverite and a Denver Public Schools alumna. She has been a school nurse with DPS for nearly 9 ½ years. She coordinates placement for student nurses in Denver Public Schools with affiliated nursing schools. Shamae is committed to working towards lasting change in our education system and beyond for BIPOC educators, leaders, students, and families.

CEA A.C.E. Fellowship Coordinators

 

Monica Hunter

Monica Hunter

Monica serves as the Director of Professional Practice & Human and Civil Rights in the Teaching & Learning department at CEA. She is a former teacher and community advocate. While teaching, she served on several committees and panels and founded a caucus for Black educators. In her current role, she serves as a civil rights advocate, directing the mental health program for members and the A.C.E. Fellowship, as well as supporting aspiring educators.

LaVonne Greer

LaVonne Greer

LaVonne is a proud Colorado native, growing up in Denver’s 5 Points neighborhood and a Denver Public Schools graduate. Her passion for children kicked off a ten-year career in Early Childhood Education, primarily focused on the traditional Montessori curriculum. She has led the design and execution of workplace diversity programs and is highly passionate about pursing equity as a philosophy, not just a statistic. In her current role, LaVonne serves as the Equity Organizer, which gives her the opportunity to organize and elevate the voices of educators of color.