Groundbreaker. Trailblazer. Champion of children.
All of those titles apply to Brooke Gregory. She is a third-generation educator and the first African American woman to serve as an assistant superintendent and member of the District Leadership Team in the Cherry Creek School District. She has worked tirelessly to increase academic achievement and graduation rates for all students, but especially students of color.
“Students and staff members in Cherry Creek Schools are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Brooke Gregory, someone who changes lives, always for the better,” said Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools. “Brooke is caring, smart, ethical and holds herself to an extremely high standard. We are better individually and collectively because of Brooke’s contributions.”
Because of her work in the area of racial equity, Gregory recently received the John W. Buckner Racial Equity Leadership Award from the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) during the group’s National Summit for Courageous Conversation about Race, held Oct. 10-14 in Baltimore, MD.
John Buckner served as a Colorado state representative after a long career as a teacher, principal, administrator and equity advocate in Cherry Creek Schools. PEG named the Equity Leadership Award in his honor after his death earlier this year.
PEG is an organization committed to achieving racial equity in education. Each October, PEG brings together racial equity leaders from across the U.S. and around the world to discuss systemic racism and its impact on opportunity and achievement for all students. Participants share results and best practices in order to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps and to eliminate the predictability of achievement by race.
Gregory was recognized in part for her development in 2011 of a high school student leadership council for Latino student leaders in the six high schools in the Cherry Creek School District. The students played an active role in studying educational equity in the district, providing training to district administrators, facilitating community events and making recommendations to improve the Latino graduation rate. The effort resulted in an increase in the Latino graduation rate and in the council expanding to cultivate a partnership between Latino and African American students.
Gregory began her career as an English teacher at Prairie Middle School. During her twenty-plus years of service in Cherry Creek Schools, she has served as a dean of students at Prairie, an assistant to the principal at Falcon Creek Middle School, then as the district's executive director of Multicultural Services and Student Success. She was an assistant principal, then principal at Cherokee Trail High School, and also served as executive director of High School Education for the district. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, overseeing some 7,800 employees who provide a quality education to more than 54,000 students.