Jennifer Portillo

Hello, Hola, 你好. I am Jennifer Portillo and I am so excited to be working in the HERD as a Student Advocate with students/teachers of 10th and 12th grade this year at Vista Peak! I grew up in Denver, graduated from East High School and attended college at Tufts University where I studied world languages (French, Hebrew, Chinese) and history.  I spent three years living and working in Beijing China and then attended graduate school at UCLA where I earned a MA degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures. I returned to Denver and earned my teaching degree at Metro in social studies and World Languages and taught at Denver West High School for six years before becoming a founding teacher at the Denver Center for International Studies.  In 2011, I helped open the Denver Center for International Studies in Montbello before coming to APS and Vista Peak.  I am passionate about multilingualism, multiculturalism, literacy, numeracy, personalized learning and about my husband David and our four children - all of whom are deeply engaged in exploring their own multicultural selves through the arts of theatre and dance/movement. I can be found doing pilates and urban hiking on the weekends when I am not at Vista Peak ball games or driving carpool for my kids.