In Memory of Esmeralda Chavira

Esmeralda Chavira, Ritchie Principal Intern at Skinner Middle School, lost her life this weekend in a tragic accident in Mexico.

Esmeralda Chavira was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and was brought by her parents to the United States when she was 6 years old.  She first lived in Chicago, and when she was a teenager, her family moved to Denver.  She was a proud DPS graduate from Montbello High School and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Metro State University.  After working in the business world for 4 years, Esmeralda decided to become a bilingual elementary teacher.  She received her teaching license and Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, and began her teaching career in DPS in 2009 at Castro Elementary where she taught 4th grade and then became the Student Advisor and Administrative Assistant.  “Esmeralda’s perseverance and dedication to students was clearly evident in her support of students’ academic and social emotional needs,” said Cheri Wrench, DPS Executive Director.  “She was a gifted bilingual leader in DPS with great talent.”

Esmeralda enjoyed traveling, reading, and dancing.  Most recently, Esmeralda attended the University of Denver to receive her Principal’s License through the Ritchie program and became the Ritchie Principal Intern at Skinner Middle School.  In a short time, she made a positive impact with students, teachers, and families in the Southwest community at Castro Elementary and most recently in the Northwest Denver community at Skinner Middle School.   She will be greatly missed by many and the DPS community is a better place because Esmeralda was part of our family.

Esmeralda was survived by her parents, three younger brothers, her husband, and young daughter.

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