Richard N Rhodes | Publisher & Operations Director
Richard is the Chief Executive and Creative Officer of RNR Creative Enterprises and Founder of The Collective Social Enterprises. He has more than 20 years of experience creating, developing, and implementing brands and integrated strategic communications to advance organizational identity.
Antwan Jefferson | Editor in Chief & Executive Director
Husband of a DPS principal. Father of two DPS-enrolled students. Former DPS teacher. Nearly 20-year Denver resident. Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) in the School of Education and Human Development at CU Denver. Founder of Denver Journal of Education and Community. DJEC Editor in Chief.
Shanta Johnson | Editorial Board Member
Mother of DPS middle schooler. Raised in APS. Former DPS educator for seven years. Former ECE Educator for over 15 years. Survivor and thriver over homelessness with a Masters of Educational Administrative Leadership. Director of Family and Community Vitality for Adams County Housing Authority.
Spencer Childress | Editorial Board Member
Born in Colorado. Son of two educators. One brother named Christian. Currently serving as a high school guidance counselor in Aurora. Doctoral candidate studying educational equity in urban and diverse communities. Lover of books,, basketball and music.
James Roy II | Editorial Board Member
James has worked in community development for over ten years and has a passion for cultivating healthy communities through community engagement. James’ career has focused on the development of community-guided neighborhood assets through full integration of community voice, coupled with the urban planning field’s best practices of placemaking.
James has a BA in Urban Studies/Geography and is finishing a Master of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Jonathan Bateman | Editorial Board Member
Jonathan Bateman is a junior and former student of DPS who is now homeschooled. Education has always been his top priority, and he sees it as his best way to make a positive impact on his community. As the founder of the R.O.G.U.E podcast, Jonathan has been able to engage adults and youth, bridging the social divide between the generations. He currently has aspirations of going to college and studying engineering and anthropology.
Ali Monroe Larson | Editorial Board Member
Ali Larson currently serves as a Family and Community Liaison in Denver Public Schools. She has a background in government, politics, and education, with a passion for community activism. She served on the Washington, DC staff of a US Senator before returning to Denver to work for a philanthropic organization whose interests included issues from early childhood education to recovery from substance abuse. She went on to receive her teaching license through the University of Colorado at Denver’s Graduate Urban Community Teacher Education Program and taught social studies to students in Adams 12 Five Star Schools.
Allan Tellis | Chief Writer
Reporter covering issues of social equity and a doctoral candidate studying radical black politics—also an amateur food, music, and sports critic.