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Erinea “Nea” Garcia Gallegos’ roots in Colorado ran deep. Ancestors of both her parents were among the earliest Spanish-speaking settlers, establishing farms and towns on Mexican land grants in southern Colorado and New Mexico. Her grandfather and f...

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Martha M. Urioste is a pioneer in the field of education. Recognized for her work with Montessori education, she is the first and only principal to pioneer a Montessori elementary school, making Denison Montessori Elementary School a national model in the...

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A teacher in Broken Bow, Nebraska, at only 13, Emily Griffith became convinced that the children she taught there and later in Denver’s poorest neighborhoods would never do well until their parents acquired a basic education. In 1915 she appealed to the...

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Edwina Fallis was a Denver native, daughter of pioneer Denver grocer Daniel Hurd, who served as president of the Denver School Board. Not surprisingly, Fallis had a passion for education. Through her creative toys and props, she brought stories to life fo...

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In 1878, in the first year of the newly founded University of Colorado in Boulder, a most important event took place. Mary Rippon arrived to teach English grammar, French and German languages and give instruction in mathematics. She was one of the first w...

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Pauline Robinson was a trailblazer who opened many doors for women and girls. An Emily Griffith Opportunity School graduate, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and did extensive graduate work. Determined and persevering, she be...

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Elinor Miller Greenberg is an educational innovator, theorist, and writer who impacts education, civil rights, and women’s rights locally, nationally, and internationally. A visionary, Greenberg believes that education is the key to social change and so...

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For more than 30 years, Lena Archuleta served the Hispanic community in Colorado as teacher, school librarian, administrator, and community volunteer. In 1976 she became the first Hispanic female principal in the Denver Public Schools. She served as super...

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Evie Dennis is a leader, innovator, and pioneering advocate for political and legislative change to advance and enhance opportunities for all people in the areas of education, Olympic sports, and amateur athletics. Dennis came to Denver as a researcher at...

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Lydia M. Peña, SL, PhD, is an educator, author, artist, art historian, community leader, and fundraiser.  Peña was born in San Mateo, New Mexico to a ranching family. After she graduated from Loretto Heights College and entered the Sisters of Loretto i...

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Arlene Vigil Kramer, EdD brought bilingual education to Colorado and beyond. A Colorado native, she was also the first Latina to complete a Doctor of Education degree. Kramer began her career as a 2nd grade teacher in 1959 at Spann Elementary School in Pu...

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Dorothy Ortner Horrell is a trailblazer, educator and community builder, with a history of transformational leadership in education and philanthropy. Her career has been dedicated to empowering individuals, organizations and institutions to achieve their ...

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