Jesús Rodriguez is the current elementary school principal of Trevista at Horace Mann in Denver Public Schools. Trevista is a school with turnaround status that met the expectations of the Colorado Department of Education’s school performance framework for the first time last spring under the leadership of previous principal LaDawn Baity. Baity, along with Rodriguez, is a graduate of the Morgridge College of Education’s (MCE) Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) Ritchie Program for School Leaders. Rodriguez, who is also a current ELPS Ed.D. candidate at MCE, became principal of Trevista at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, having worked as the assistant principal at Trevista prior.
Rodriguez is dedicated to improving student performance at Trevista, and was recently featured in Chalkbeat Colorado (“Opening a new chapter, a Denver elementary school on the rebound changes its look and feel.”) The article illustrates the dramatic changes that have occurred under the leadership of Rodriguez and how these affect student culture.
This post is part of a series of stories recognizing MCE graduates during National Principals Month.