September 2020 - Teresa Barajas

Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

September 2020

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 Teresa Barjas, Assistant Principal, Northglenn Middle School.

Teresa shares her professional preparation and current bio below.  ou can read the diverse experiences that have led to her leadership preparation and various leadership roles. One of our shining stars!

Career Highlights & Education
  • Assistant Principal at Northglenn Middle School 
  • MA Degree Educational Counseling, University of Phoenix
  • BA Degree Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Principal Licensure, University of Denver
  • Latino Leadership Institute, University of Denver
  • Board Member of the Adams 12 Interest Based Strategies Negotiations Team

Teresa Barajas is currently an Assistant Principal at Northglenn Middle School in the Adams 12 School District. She has served as an AP at Northglenn Middle School for 8 years. Teresa has worked in the field of education for over 18 years. Prior to serving as an Assistant Principal at Northglenn Middle School, she was the Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Intervention in Adams 12. In this role, Teresa collaborated with school administrators in addressing student behavior challenges such as attendance, truancy, suspensions, expulsions, drug, alcohol and mental health.

During her years in education, she has partnered with several counties and their agencies such as Adams County, Broomfield County and City and County of Denver to create pathways and opportunities for youth. Teresa’s entire career has been dedicated to developing systems to better support school communities with assisting students to reach their full potential.

What is exciting about my job?
My job is exciting because everyday is so different and unique. I feel like I am always growing and learning. Most importantly, I enjoy and cherish my daily interactions with students, families, staff and community. 

Words from a consejero/a:
My grandmother played a very big role in my life. She was a very strong and independent woman. She’s the reason I am who I am today. The advice my grandmother would always give me no matter what I was doing was “Echale ganas mija”  which means “Give it all you got.” I always keep this phrase in mind especially when I’m presented with a tough situation or project. 

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
My advice to a new school leader would be to always try to remain optimistic and positive. I believe these characteristics help develop an inspirational leader.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Usually you will find me outdoors enjoying a nice run. I love running! I have completed a full marathon, several half marathons and a Ragnar. Every July I recruit friends and family to run 100 miles during the month. I also enjoy spending lots of time with my husband and daughter. 

How does CO-ALAS add value?
I am so thankful to serve on the CO-ALAS board as a Delegate. CO-ALAS is an organization that offers so many amazing opportunities for Latino educational leaders, students and community. These opportunities are always created with lots of hard work, commitment and thoughtfulness. The organization takes time to recognize and understand the need for services, resources, professional development, engagement and outreach. 

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.


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