Denver Public Schools (DPS) is happy to announce the naming of the new FNE Early Childhood Education Center: Sandra Todd-Williams Academy.
Located at 4909 N. Cathay St. in Green Valley Ranch, the eight-classroom Sandra Todd-Williams Academy will serve 3- and 4-year-old students when it opens later this fall. Programming will begin at the Samsonite Campus temporarily while construction is completed.
Todd-Williams retired in June 2016 after teaching in DPS for 35 years, most recently at the Escalante Biggs ECE Center. She dedicated her career to serving DPS students and spent the majority of her time teaching ECE students in Far Northeast Denver.
“I am a teacher. I firmly believe that every child can succeed, and I have spent my career doing my best to ensure they get the best start,” Todd-Williams told the board. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve in my community.”
She grew up in Montbello and attended DPS during court-ordered busing to integrate schools, thus attending schools far outside her home neighborhood before graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School. Williams received her bachelor’s in Early Childhood from the University of Northern Colorado and master’s of Education from Leslie University.
In accordance with board policy, a naming committee was established to solicit and consider recommendations. The committee received 125 submissions, and seven name suggestions surfaced. The committee unanimously recommended Sandra Todd-Williams Academy.
Todd-Williams was also honored by Mayor Michael Hancock for her commitment to Denver and its youngest learners by declaring June 3, 2016 as Sandra Williams Day.
Read the DPS board resolution here.
Read about FNE ECE naming process overview here.