Denver Public Schools
Blake Hammond has had the opportunity to serve students in many different educational landscapes, and elementary schools throughout his career in education. In all of his experiences, he has worked to serve all children, but particularly underrepresented students. Blake joined Teach For America in 2009 as a corps member in Greenwood, Mississippi where he helped lead the transformational change of an elementary school. Following his Teach For America experience, Blake returned to his alma mater, Colorado College, to work as an Assistant Director of Admissions with an emphasis on American Ethnic Minority recruitment. Shortly after working to provide college access to underrepresented students at Colorado College, a top tier liberal arts college, Blake returned to work directly with students in a school building by joining Denver Public Schools. During his six year tenure in DPS, Blake has served as a Teacher/Teacher Leader, Senior Team Lead, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Currently, Blake Hammond serves as Principal of Green Valley Elementary. Green Valley Elementary, the largest elementary school in Denver Public Schools, serves a population of 750 students from ECE to Fifth grade. Team Green Valley has dedicated staff members that strive to support every single child by offering targeted enrichment opportunities, academic & social interventions, celebrations for student achievement, and after-school clubs (Basketball, Art, Choir, Hurling, 100 Black Men Reading 100 Program, Soccer For Success, Saturday Enrichment, Tutoring). Blake believes that all students can succeed, regardless of their background or circumstance. For him, it all comes down to giving every child the opportunity to receive a quality education by educators who believe in the values of “students first”, “high expectations” and “accountability."