Dr. Rachele Espiritu is a parent of two DPS students who understands the incredible responsibility of serving on the DPS Board of Education. She is the first immigrant to serve on the board and is a deeply engaged member of our community. She is an expert on children’s socio-emotional development and well-being and knows firsthand that children learn and succeed when they are safe, supported, and their emotional needs are met. Rachele lives in Stapleton with her husband and two sons.
Rachele’s two children Jeremy and Andrew attend middle and high school at Bill Roberts K-8 and Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) Stapleton High School, respectively. As a parent of students in District 4 schools, Rachele knows how the decisions made by the school board impact our community. She is a tremendous advocate for school discipline reform and for Denver’s youngest learners.
As a professional in systems change and children’s behavioral health, Rachele brings substantive experience and passion in the areas of behavioral health disparities and equity, cultural and linguistic competence, program evaluation, a public health approach to mental health, and systems collaboration which all make her an incredible resource for the Denver school board.
Rachele received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California at San Diego and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was a Patricia Robert Harris Fellow. She has also spent time as a faculty member at Georgetown University, where she co-authored a monograph on a public health approach to children’s mental health.
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Candidate’s website: www.rachelefordenver.com