Sean Kavanaugh has been in education for 20 years as an educator and school leader. As an Assistant Principal at Morey Middle School, he developed and implemented an innovative and effective Model for Collaboration that won national attention from the New Leaders‘ Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC). This collaboration model allowed him to provide daily, differentiated professional development to every teacher in the school. As an Assistant Principal at MLK Jr. Early College, Sean developed a compelling alternative to the way Mathematics is taught called 360o Math. This approach gained global attention when it was featured on the CBS Special TEACH. For the past three years he has served as the Principal of an urban middle school in Denver. As a school leader in Denver, he is on the cutting edge of education and works in relentless pursuit of equity.
Sean grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, attending urban public schools. Upon graduation, Sean felt a strong desire to improve the quality of education in schools and graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Sean began his career teaching middle school Science in public, independent and private schools in Florida. He earned the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award, Belin & Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development Award, and has been recognized by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers on multiple occasions.
Sean later earned his MEd in Educational Leadership from Lynn University and relocated to Denver, CO to pursue school leadership. Sean has worked in Denver Public Schools for the past 8 years as a teacher and school leader. Sean married his high school sweetheart in 1995, and has two wonderful kids, Cali and Ethan. His wife is a teacher in the Cherry Creek School District.
Joshua Trinidad is the Assistant Principal at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of the MEIS program at The University of Colorado at Denver with a focus in music performance, education and business. He has spent many years in the classroom as a private and public school educator as well as a school administrator. His Ed.M. focus was in Multicultural Education with a focus in Equity and Diversity through the BUENO Center at The University of Colorado at Boulder. Joshua has been in education and youth development for 17 years with a wide range of experience spanning from teaching overseas in South Korea and Mexico to consulting and developing educational programs all over Colorado. Joshua is also an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University instructing Multicultural Education with a focus on Special Populations. His PhD focus was in Higher Education Leadership and Human Development at Colorado State University where his dissertation focused on how youth, minoritized populations in urban settings access higher education, specifically music programs and the arts. He is also a full time musician actively performing, touring and recording around the world with multiple musical groups both locally and in Europe.