September 2018 - Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra

Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

September 2018

Welcome to the CO ALAS Membership Spotlight.  Each month we introduce you to one of our many CO ALAS members. Let’s see what they are doing and what’s on their mind!

This month we are featuring Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra, Senior Manager for Student Enrichment and Program Development, English Acquisition Department, Denver Public Schools.

Career Highlights & Education
As a school administrator, I led the school team to create 90-day plans to turn around two schools. I progress-monitored student, teacher and administrator’s work to create action plans for the Instructional Leader Teams to create a data driven culture. This allowed teachers the ability to implement the action plans in their lesson plans and school administrators to coach, support and assist teachers. The schools saw significant results and presented our work at conferences at the National Association of Bilingual Education and Dual Language of New Mexico/La Cosecha.

My Doctoral degree is from New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction and an emphasis in Assessment, Multicultural Education, and Information technology. I also have a Master’s Degree in Information Technology and a Bachelor's Degree in Bilingual Education. To further my education, I obtained an administrative license in education. My education background has allowed me to implement specialized knowledge in the K-12 setting. As a bilingual educator, I was able to be a part of the first dual language technology curriculum at the middle school setting in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

What is exciting about my job?
I lead the work for Denver Public Schools Summer Academy in which I was able to run the program to ensure we have an equitable education for all ELL students and kindergarten through third grade students reading significant below grade level. Our focus was to reduce the infamous “Summer Slide.” We worked closely with the district to select 25 schools sites and hired, assisted and supported 25 school administrators and over 260 teachers.  We coordinated transportation, curriculum, nutrition, community partners for a full day program; this program included nursing, as well as special education accommodations and modifications. Last summer, we had the highest student enrollment and we offered 21 of 25 schools a full day Summer Academy. Visiting schools gave me the opportunity to interact with great teachers, school administrators, parents and students.  

Personally, I was an ELL student and needed extra support in the classroom; so it is rewarding that  I am now able to be that support for students by providing a Summer Academy that provides equitable and quality instruction.  I love being able to make a difference for all students.

Words from a consejero/a.
Take time to reflect and enjoy the work my friends... There is a famous statement I like and follow:" forget the past as it is history, don’t worry about what’s going to happen as it is in the future, enjoy the moment as it is a present.”

It is not what you accomplished or when you reach your goal but the journey that got you there that really matters.  The lesson you experienced and learned will keep you growing and smiling throughout your career.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader? 
Create and maintain relationships. We work in a public sector that provides the gift of having interactions with many great people.  Take advantage of the opportunity and create and maintain relationships to assist you in making an impact in the community as the work cannot be done alone. Trust your colleagues and believe they are doing the best they can with positive intentions to help the community.   

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
playing volleyball, basketball, tennis, archery, soccer, hiking, skiing, fishing or riding bikes with my three beautiful daughters and gorgeous wife.  I truly enjoy spending time with them and listening to them. Children have the gift to be humble and honest to say the truth and funniest things. I enjoy and cherish friendship so I enjoy sharing time with my friends exploring the outdoors.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS provides the ability to network and communicate with state and national colleagues. CO-ALAS also provides the opportunity to be a leader within the organization. The opportunity has provided me the ability to create relationships with colleagues from different districts in Colorado. I also feel support in being a Latino leader in the education world thanks to CO-ALAS as they have great mentors in the organization.

CO-ALAS is a professional education association that advocates for the continued development and placement of Latino/Latina administrators who are committed to quality public education for all students.


PO Box 13109
Denver, CO 80201