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Blake Hammond teaches 4th grade at Harrington Elementary School in Denver Public Schools, a district that serves over 87,000 students and is the fastest growing urban district in terms of enrollment. He also serves in a Differentiated Teacher Leader role that provides fellow teachers with the opportunity to receive more feedback to support their ongoing instructional development. Blake joined Teach For America in 2009 as a corps member in Greenwood, Miss., where he helped lead the transformational change of an elementary school. Following his Teach For America experience, Blake returned to his alma mater, Colorado College, to work as an Assistant Director of Admissions with an emphasis on American ethnic minority recruitment. Blake aspires to be a school leader because he believes that all students can succeed, regardless of their background or circumstance. For him, it all comes down to giving them the opportunity to receive a quality education by educators who believe in the values of “students first”, “high expectations” and “accountability."