Challenge Denver Welcomes New Executive Director
July 21, 2015 – Challenge Denver is excited to announce Layne Palmer as its new executive director. Palmer brings with her an array of experiences in education non-profit management and school leadership, most recently as an Assistant Principal at STRIVE Prep Montbello and Manager of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach for America - Colorado. Palmer will begin her role as Challenge Denver’s executive director on July 20, 2015.
As executive director of Challenge Denver, Palmer will oversee the organization’s work to inspire and re-engage Denver-area middle and high school students to find success in school by providing them with the Challenge Day workshop and consistent follow-up programming aimed at supporting social and emotional learning and development. Palmer is thrilled to leverage her own experience in school leadership and work coaching and managing teachers and leaders to propel Challenge Denver’s work forward and ensure Denver’s students feel safe, connected, and empowered in school.
“I am honored to be joining Challenge Denver and am deeply convicted that this organization is a critical lever for change that is greatly needed in our school communities,” Palmer said. “We must work together to ensure that students have the social and emotional tools required for academic success, including a safe and inclusive school community, classrooms free of bullying, and an authentically-developed love for one another.”
Palmer looks forward to continuing to strengthen Challenge Denver’s diverse partnerships across the city while seeking new opportunities for collaboration and coalition.
“The potential for Challenge Denver to impact an even greater number of students across Denver’s communities is massive,” Palmer said. “I am deeply grateful to be entering the organization at such an exciting and critical moment in its growth.”
Palmer studied public relations and business at Ohio University before earning her master’s degree in childhood education at Hunter College. She was a Teach for America corps member and taught second grade in New York before joining Teach for America staff to partner with students, teachers and schools across Denver. She most recently served as Assistant Principal at STRIVE Prep Montbello.
About Challenge Denver
Challenge Denver is a non-profit agency located in Denver, Colorado working to inspire and re-engage Denver Public School (DPS) middle and high school students in their school communities by providing them with the experience of the Challenge Day workshop and follow-up programming and support. It is our mission to ensure DPS students feel safe, connected, and empowered in school every day. To learn more about Challenge Denver’s work in our community, visit our website at www.challengedenver.org.
Challenge Denver: Our Story
Challenge Denver is a non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado whose work is to inspire and re-engage Denver Public School (DPS) middle and high school students in their school communities by providing them with the experience of Challenge Day along with consistent follow-up programming and support.
We believe that every member of our school communities has the potential to be the change they wish to see in the world. Our mission is to engage and inspire Denver Public School students, teachers, and community members by helping them feel connected, valued, and empowered to be successful in their school communities every day.
"Never doubt that one day can change your life because if you don't allow yourself the opportunity of Challenge Day, you may not learn what is truly possible and you may never see the world for what it truly is." - Freshman, South High School, Denver, CO
Our Work In Action
Learn more about us and meet our board members. We are committed to ensuring all of our students and teacher in DPS feel connected, valued, and empowered in school every day.