Michelle Quattlebaum has spent her career fighting for equitable access and opportunity for all students, regardless of what school they attend or the zip code they live in. As a child, she attended various schools in Denver and eventually graduated from Denver South High School.
After completing her K-12 experience in Denver Public Schools, Michelle received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Communication from University of Phoenix and Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University Global. Michelle and her husband LaZelle Quattlebaum have been married for over 29 years and have three children.
As a mother of three Denver Public Schools students she understands first hand how systems of oppression continue to plague Black and Brown communities. This work began at George Washington High School where she worked tirelessly to build an inclusive and safe learning environment for all students when her daughter entered a ninth grade International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Her fight for an inclusive education began when her daughter was faced with the stereotype that Black students do not possess the intelligence to be in International Baccalaureate (IB) classes.
This motivated Michelle to collaborate with other parents, community members, students, and staff for meaningful change. She became instrumental in establishing a foundation for a school culture designed to grant educational opportunities to all students. Her current focus is to create and lead community, staff, and student programs increasing culturally responsive education and engagement.
Now as an educator in Denver Public Schools, Michelle advocates for families in Denver to ensure they have the same tools for success.