PEBC believes that every child deserves a great educator—and we work in Colorado and across the nation to prepare outstanding new teachers; help practicing educators become exceptional, and shape policies that foster vibrant growth and lasting student success. Jocelyn J. Stephens, the new Executive Director of Education embodies the vision, mission, and values of PEBC. Most recently, she held the role of P-20 Learning Community Director for Aurora Public Schools, an urban, highly diverse school district serving approximately 36,000 students from 130 countries with 120 different languages. She led a network of mostly Title I schools, principals and district support team members within a cross-functional learning community structure designed to decentralize support to schools in order to accelerate student achievement for every student, every day.
As an established Educational Leader with over 17 years of demonstrated P-12 instructional and strategic leadership experience, Jocelyn combines collaborative professional learning structures, school turnaround strategies and Design Thinking practices to raise greater awareness and to engage culturally responsive, strategic action to address critical educational dilemmas such as systematic inequities in closing the equity and achievement gaps for all students. Prior to working as a director, Jocelyn served as an elementary teacher, K-8 and high school assistant principal and as an elementary principal.
She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, from the University of South Florida, an M.A. in Education in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver, state of Colorado certificates in Elementary Education and K-12 Principal Leadership, and post-graduate work in Reading Development from Walden University. She is the wife to her best friend, Marcos and together they share in the joys of raising three beautiful daughters.