For 27 years Dr. Leticia A. de Lozano taught Boulder High School’s Spanish Language and Spanish Literature AP courses. Under her leadership, the advanced Spanish program grew from a handful of students to more than 150 students per year when she retired from the World Languages Department. One of Dr. de Lozano's most accomplished achievements in these classes was to create an environment where heterogeneous grouping fostered success for all students regardless of socioeconomic background. The AP Spanish classes are still one of the only areas in our school where Hispanic students are represented in advanced college-track programming.
Despite Dr. de Lozano's retirement, she is still involved in the Adelante! Program that she founded over 26 years ago to address her students’ educational and societal challenges such as poverty, immigration status, language development. This Adelante! Program has been incredibly successful in addressing the opportunity gap by offering first-generation students support in tutoring, advocacy, college preparation activities such as essay writing, applications and scholarships as well as parent outreach in a culturally-appropriate space. Over 95% of Adelante! Program participants graduate annually, and almost all continue on to post-secondary studies with close to $1,000,000 in scholarships.
Dr. de Lozano's success has been recognized by the Milken Award in 1995, Ohtli Award by the Government of Mexico in 1996, "The Best Should Teach" by the University of Colorado in 1998, The Pacesetter in Education by the Daily Camera in 2000, Amgen Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001, Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award in 2006, Impact on Education in 2008 and the US Presidential Scholars Program, Teacher Recognition in that same year.
For the last 10 years, Leticia has been the chair of the scholarships committee of the Boulder County Latina League. This organization grants over $90,000 annually in needs-based scholarships to first generation Hispanic students. This year, the League has over 50 awardees, many of whom are Adelante! Program graduates, who are pursuing post-secondary degrees. Leticia has secured matching grants from several local universities to further support scholarship recipients.
1987 Ph. D., University of Colorado
1978 M.A., University of Colorado
1961 B.S., Escuela Nacional de Educadoras, Mexico City