Justin has been an educator in Denver for 15 years. He is the 2010 CO Teacher of the Year and co-led the transformative Teacher Leadership and Collaboration initiative in Denver Public Schools. In 2017, he partnered with Sarah Rauenhorst to co-found the Launch Network and close the academic and opportunity gap for families in Denver.
Name of Venture: Launch Network
Type of venture: Program
Launch date: Spring 2017
Grade levels: K-5
Target Geography: Northeast Denver
Additional Fellowships: The Fellowship of the Ring
Success to date: Students in program average 2 years of growth in math and literacy per year as measured by MAPs and Istation. 100% of students scored in “normal range” for district social emotional measure (only 20% when starting program). 100% of families express feeling valued and identify positive changes in theirs and their child’s life.
2019-2020 plans: Partnership in place with 3 Northeast Denver schools