Dr. Simone Wright

Dr. Simone Wright

Chief of Academics, Denver Public Schools

Dr. Simone Wright leads with an unwavering commitment to ensuring education is an effective tool to drive each student‘s success. She believes that each student’s educational experience should  act as a driver to equip them with the skills and mindsets to write their success narrative.

Dr. Wright’s perspective on the purpose of education solidified during her various experiences in Houston, Texas, where she served as a high school chemistry teacher and in various instructional leadership roles across the city. She led an underperforming school to receive the state’s highest accountability rating, a first for any campus in the northeast Houston community, by focusing on leader and teacher development as a lever for change. These experiences helped her understand the strengths and challenges that exist in many urban education settings while fueling her desire to lead systematic change in education.

Most recently, Dr. Wright served as a Special Advisor in the Chief Academic Office at the New York City Department of Education. While at NYCDOE, Dr. Wright launched an ambitious curriculum reform effort that uplifted the significance of engaging students, families, educators, and community members to inform the development stages of curricula. In addition, she played a key role in supporting the development of the system’s long-term goals for teaching and learning.

She is excited to continue to expand her influence as systems leader in education in her current role at Denver Public Schools as Associate Chief of Academics where she oversees the following teams- Gifted and Talented, Whole Child, and College and Career Success, in addition to supporting the Chief Academic Officer with developing strategic coherence across the Academics team.

Dr. Wright received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Education.