Director of Development
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Antonio like the vast majority of his scholars is a first-generation college graduate. After graduating from Regis Jesuit High School in Denver, Colorado, Antonio completed his B.A. in Ethnic, Third World, and Latin American Literatures from Saint John’s University (MN). Following his work in college admissions to recruit and retain underrepresented and first-generation students, he returned to Colorado to elevate his craft as a poet and public educator. He completed his M.F.A. from Colorado State University in Creative Writing and Ethnic and Third World Literature, and his first collection of poetry, The Obsidian Ranfla was published by Cleveland State University.
Utilizing his technique as a poet and public educator and administrator, Antonio has worked
tirelessly for the past three decades to empower his scholars, colleagues and larger community to
overturn the rank and file of low academic expectations. Antonio believes that by reaching and
teaching in a transformative manner, educators will make the revolutionary commonplace:
college and career readiness for all. Among his accomplishments, Antonio Co-Founded and
served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction of the K-8 Ricardo Flores Magón Academy
in Denver, Colorado, where in its first three years, it had the highest growth and performance
ratings of all FRL schools in both Denver and Colorado.
In 2010, because of its outstanding academic results, Ricardo Flores Magón Academy received
the Colorado Department of Education John Irwin School of Excellence Award. After spending
two years engaged in intensive school observations, curriculum development, and leadership
training, Antonio founded and led STRIVE Prep – SMART Academy, the first college prep high
school within the STRIVE Prep network in Denver, Colorado from 2012-2016. During his
tenure, his high school ranked in the top 12% of all Denver Public High Schools for both
absolute performance and growth rates for all four years.
For Denver Public High Schools with a FRL > 90%, his high school ranked in the top 1% for
both absolute performance and growth rates for all four years. For Denver Public High Schools
with a FRL > 90%, his high school posted the highest median ACT score of 21 among all
Denver Public High Schools in 2015-2016. In the spring of 2016, 92% of his first graduating
class were accepted to four-year colleges, and the remaining 8% were accepted to two-year
colleges. 100% of his graduating seniors were all the first-generation to attend a four-year
college; 96% of his scholars received FRL; 80% of his scholars were EL; and 12% of his
scholars received special services.
While the Chief Academic Officer at the El Paso Leadership Academy (El Paso, Texas) from
2017-2018, EPLA was ranked the top FRL middle school with the highest academic growth in
the city and state. EPLA also earned five of seven distinctions from the Texas Education
Agency. At current, Antonio is working with a deeply committed Team and Family to transform
Paris Elementary School within Aurora Public Schools as its Principal. Antonio, throughout all
these years, remains unwaveringly committed to ensure all scholars take their rightful place in
this world as college graduates and critical thinkers.