Gerald Denman

Gerald Denman

Chief Officer Equity and Achievement


Puyallup School District

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Went to college for Education degree.
Started my 1st job teaching at a Jr. High School.
Went back to school for my Masters in Education.
Became a Principal of a Jr. High School.
Became Director of the Office of Diversity Affairs at central office.
Went back to Graduate School to get a degree in Administration.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Central Washington University
Graduate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Washington State University

Career

Chief Officer Equity and Achievement

Support of Schools to provide a Welcoming Environment for all students and families.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Government
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

If a student were to shadow me, they would see me going out to schools and visiting with building principals to see if i can help or support their efforts to make their school a welcoming place for all students. They may see me holding meetings with different groups from around the district discussing factors that help improve student achievement towards post-secondary opportunities.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need to be able to think critically. Offer suggestions or recommendations to resolve issues or problems. You must have good communication skills as well as a keen sense to head off problems before they occur. Building a coalition of support for main efforts of the district are also very important in this work.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

First, you need to have a passion to teach or work with young people. In order to teach you need to get a degree in education. I also received my Masters in Education with a focus on Administration. My grad school degree was in Administrative Education ie...Superintendent credentials.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
graduate
Graduate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"A professor in college told me I would never graduate."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial