Valdez Leadership

Principal, Assistant Principal, and Community Liason

BUCKLEY, JESSICAJessica Buckley – Principal

I was born and raised in Denver and am a graduate of DPS.  I went to Santa Clara University and then spent time as a community development volunteer in El Salvador. Coming back to Denver, I taught bilingual kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades at Harrington Elementary for 10 years. I was the Assistant Principal at Swansea Elementary for 2 years and came to Valdez as the Assistant Principal with the intent to transition to the Principalship.  This is my 4th year as principal at Valdez and I am thrilled to be leading one of the most successful schools in


FRANK, GWENGwen Frank – Assistant Principal

I started working at Valdez in 2011, and I’m very honored to continue my service and support of our families, students, and staff.  I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my BA in Elementary Education, and taught in Madison for several years before moving to Denver. I started working in education in 2005 as a Middle School teacher, and have since taught Kindergarten, 4th/5th grade, and intervention (both literacy and math specializations). I received my MA in Bilingual and Bicultural Education from Edgewood College, and received my certificate of Education Administration from University of Denver.


Selena Silva – Community and School Liason