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About Cindy Gutierrez

Teaching is at the core of who I am. You might even say it is in my blood. My grandmother, who is now 85 years old, spent her life as a teacher, starting out in a one-room school house and continuing on to teach elementary school for nearly 40 years.

I don't remember a time that I didn't want to be a teacher when I "grew up". To this day, my kindergarten teacher is still my role-model for teaching. Her name was Mrs. Hartman and she stood all of 4'2" she used to joke that she couldn't teach anything but Kindergarten because she would never be taller than her students otherwise! But never underestimate what comes in small packages. Mrs. Hartman truly exemplified the qualities of a master teacher. She cared deeply about each and every one of her students, learning about us as individuals, our diverse backgrounds and connecting with our families. She also held extremely high expectations for all of us, building on our strengths to help us improve in the areas we needed most in a way that made us believe we could accomplish anything. She loved to laugh and she greeted us daily with the warmest smile when we came bounding through her door. No matter who you were, you knew you were something special in the eyes of Mrs. Hartman. And ever since, I could not think of doing anything more honorable with my life than teaching.

Since my Kindergarten beginnings, I've taught neighborhood kids, stuffed animals, and anyone who would come into my "classroom". I've had the honor of formally teaching elementary school, middle school and high school and my journey continues today as I am passionate about creating a program where teacher candidates thrive in their preparation to become exceptional teacher leaders who will continue to change the world.


Present Director, Office of Partnerships, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
Present Director, Office of Partnerships, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

Curriculum Vitae

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  • UEDU 4930: Early Undergraduate Internship
  • UEDU/SPED 4/5931: Internship I & Collaborative Learning Community Seminar
  • UEDU/SPED 4/5932: Internship II & Collaborative Learning Community Seminar
  • UEDU/SPED 4/5933: Internship III & Collaborative Learning Community Seminar
  • TLED 1000: First Year Seminar-Imagine the Possibilities in Urban Teaching
  • TLED 5000: Clinical Teachers: Leaders & Learners


2009 Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver ‐ Educational Leadership and Innovation
2002 Masters of Arts, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ‐ Curriculum and Instruction with Emphasis in Reading
1997 Bachelor of Arts, University of Northern Colorado ‐ Mathematics with an Emphasis in Elementary Education

Contact Information

P.O. BOX 173364, CAMPUS BOX 106
DENVER, CO 80217-3364


Refereed Publications (8)

Select Presentations (8)