I came to the Denver Street School through what I can now only profess as a moment of divine providence. At the time, it seemed less than so. In July 2007 when I first stumbled upon the Denver Street School it was in the midst of a season in which my life was falling apart.
I had run away from home after an argument with my mother– ironically an argument that started after I stubbornly had pronounced that I intended to drop out of school. Tempers flared and after much screaming and me raising my chancla in the air in true Latina flare, I mounted my bike and ran (rode?) away from home. In that moment, I knew exactly what I was running from, but I had no way of knowing what the Lord was leading me to.
Ten years later, I am the principal of that very high school and I could not be more in love with the ministry the Lord has given me.
Life in the ‘Hood is a compilation of stories of how the Lord used the Denver Street School to change my life. These are the stories of the teachers and my own students, the people the Lord used most to change my life through significant heartbreak, joy, death, resurrection, and a lot of animated screaming.
So kick off your J’s, grab some Takis, and stay a while.