My name is Gregory Hessee, and I began my career in education as a Peace Corps volunteer instructing high school and college classes in Poland in 1999. After completing two years in the Peace Corps, I moved to NYC where I was a founding educator at the Martin Luther King HS of Arts and Technology. I moved to Denver, CO in 2004 where I worked as an English teacher, department lead, and instructional coach at George Washington HS for eight years.
Since 2012, I’ve been working at the Colorado Education Initiative, an education non-profit, supporting high schools throughout Colorado as they increase the number and diversity of students graduating college-ready by increasing access to and success in rigorous coursework. Over the course of my career in education, I’ve been published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, taught interdisciplinary writing instruction in the School of Education at University of Colorado Denver, served as a professional reader for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam, conducted a comprehensive study of instructional coaches within Denver Public Schools, studied religious pluralism in India as Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, and founded of the Public English Language Library of Northwest Poland. I presented original research on literacy coaching at the International Conference on Qualitative Inquiry and have presented on equity and rigor to students, teachers, counselors, private industry, administrators, district personnel, state leads of education, researchers, and community members at private events and conferences hosted by the Colorado Language Arts Society, Colorado Academy of School Executives, 100K in 10, Clinton Global Initiative, the College Board, and Grant Funders in Education.
After 8 years of observing some of the best teachers in Colorado and tracking their impacts, I cannot wait to get back into a classroom where I can roll up my sleeves and start working alongside my students, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do so at the high school that my 7 year-old daughter will one day attend!