Patricia Hurrieta brings more than 20 years of extensive, culturally-responsive, inclusive educational leadership experiences to her role as the principal at Grant Ranch Elementary School. She has served as the executive director of the Culture, Equity and Leadership Team, driving inclusive and equitable practices across the district by strategically leading professional development in values based leadership, team development and equity and inclusion. Previously, Patricia spent seven years serving as principal at Godsman Elementary School in Denver Public Schools (DPS). While at Godsman, she engaged her community in developing and implementing an state sanctioned Innovation plan focused on language development and positive school culture. As a result, Godsman achieved Meets Expectations on the School Performance Framework moving from an Unsatisfactory rating.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, Patricia has always been passionate about education, and has spent time in a variety of school-level roles. She has also served as an assistant principal, an instructional coach, reading specialist and classroom teacher in schools throughout Denver that are both highly diverse, and serve low-income and emerging, bilingual students. As a high school student, Patricia started her career in DPS as a part-time custodian at Kunsmiller Middle School, and she went on to work as a paraprofessional at Bryan-Webster Elementary while she was in college.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Bilingual, Multicultural Education, as well as a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading and Writing. She is also near completion of her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.