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Co-Founder, Executive Director
Paul Yumbla was born in Cuenca, Ecuador, and moved to the US when he was 4 years old. Paul grew up undocumented and is a former DACA recipient and a proud son of two Ecuadorian immigrants. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Connecticut in 2014. After joining the Teach For America Colorado corps, he humbly accepted a role as a founding 8th grade teacher at DSST: College View. In 2016, Paul served as an Aulas Sin Fronteras Exchange Teacher, working closely with teachers and students from Zaragoza, Mexico in an effort to promote global citizenship. Paul was a 2017 LEE Policy & Advocacy Fellow working as a community organizer for Padres y Jovenes Unidos, a grassroots non-profit advocating for better access and justice in communities and schools. During his four years at DSST, Paul was deeply embedded within a community that taught him the inherent value in building alongside and for community. Serving as a head soccer coach, parent organizer, technology, and reading teacher, Paul had the privilege to be in service to the southwest Denver community.
It was at a parent organizing meeting where Paul founded The Moxie Collective in the spring of 2017, born out of the demand for authentic school choice and a reimagined vision for what college and career readiness could look like for a community. Paired alongside Paul’s educational vision for a learning space that centers identity, culture, and lived experience at the core of a decolonized and libration focused curriculum has driven Moxie forward. In the summer, of 2017 Paul took this Moxie idea and joined Moonshot EdVentures as a School Launcher Fellow, going through leadership development and an intensive ideation process.
Paul is a current New School Creation Fellow, pursuing his M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the HTH Graduate School of Education. Alongside community stakeholders and coalition partners, Paul and his team are undergoing a process of co-creating a community charter school rooted in Southwest Denver.