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OUR Mission

To support aspiring and current Latino and Latina administrators and educational leaders by promoting best practices, professional learning, communication, and networking to support the growing Latino community.

OUR Vision

To have highly skilled and effective Latino and Latina administrators and educational leaders in P-20 education to ensure the success of all students.

Core Values

Vision, Leadership, Commitment, and Influential.

Cultural Value

Familia. Familia as a value speaks to our commitment to preparing educators to be competitive in seeking leadership positions through quality professional development, mentoring, and networking.  When you become part of COALAS you become part of our family and we are committed to your success as an educational leader

Strategic Priorities

  • Priority 1: COALAS will be a recognized organization statewide.

  • Priority 2: COALAS will achieve financial stability (and accountability).

  • Priority 3: COALAS will increase the percentage of Latinx leaders at the school and district level.

  • Priority 4: COALAS will work to increase Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access across the state advocacy across the state.

OUR Goals

Our Goals

Effectively communicate our vision and mission. 

  • Promote the organization to increase membership.

  • Work cooperatively with educational organizations to advocate for quality and equitable public education.

  • Provide regular updates about key educational issues

  • Increase support from corporate sponsors

Provide Members with opportunities for professional learning by sharing best practices.

  • Create learning opportunities regarding effective school/district administration and leadership.

  • Promote learning opportunities on effective instructional practices.

Develop leadership capacity to increase the number of under-represented educational leaders.

  • Mentoring opportunities for members.

  • Networking opportunities for members.

CO-ALAS Leadership

Executive Board
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Chair: Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra

Director of Activities
Denver Public Schools
2 Year Term - Began 2020

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CO-Chair: Dr. Luis Murillo

Assistant Superintendent

Alamosa School District
3 Year Term - Began 2021


Secretary: Dr. Ron Cabrera

Leadership Consultant
2 Year Term - Began 2021 

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Chair Elect: Teresa Barajas

Principal, Northglenn Middle School
Adams 12 Five Star School District
3 Year Term - Began 2021


CO-Chair: Tara Peña

Chief of Family, School, and Community Partnerships
Jefferson County Schools
1 Year Term - Began 2021


Executive Director: Don V. Rangel
Executive Director - Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents
President/CEO DVR Educational Consulting Group Inc.
Superintendent of Schools (Retired) 

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Past Chair: Tracy Gallegos

Director of Equity and Inclusion
Mesa County Valley School District #51
1 Year Term - Began 2021

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Treasurer: Carrie Yantzer

Leadership Development Strategist

Capturing Kids Hearts
2 Year Term - Began 2022

CO-ALAS Delegates


Adams 12 School District

Manuel Gonzalez

Chris Duran

Aurora Public Schools

Jazmin Lopez

Jennifer Montoya

Boulder Valley School District

Joe Chavez

Dr. Scarlet Chopin

Lisa Martinez

Cherry Creek School District

Dr. Michelle Chambers

Gabriela Ruiz

Denver Public Schools

Adella Arrendondo

Janet Estrada

Pablo Joucovsky

Paulina Lerma
Maria Rodriguez

Harrison School District

Dr. Michael Claudio

Anitra Gallegos

Jefferson County School District

Heilit Biehl

Jessica Garza

Nathan Cabrera

Littleton Public Schools
Dr. Thomas Velazquez

Mesa County Valley School District 51

Regina Quintana

Estrella Ruiz

Northern Colorado Migrant Education Program

Maria Castillo

South Western Colorado Migrant Education Program

Esmeralda Martinez

Summit School District

Margarita Tovar

Thompson School District

Dr. Maria Gabriel

Valerie Lara-Black

Special Representatives

Dr. Doris Candelarie, University of Denver

Dr. Lora De La Cruz, Deputy Superintendent of Boulder Valley School District

Dr. Denine Echevarria

Jesse Tijerina, Director of Federal Programs, Thompson School District



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