Polica Houston is a Denver native and seasoned educator who has an array of experience within the P-20 pipeline. He is a DPS graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and earned a Division I scholarship for football to Kansas State University. Houston graduated from Northern Colorado and earned a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Denver. He prides himself in being a cross-sectional educational product of multiple school systems; including suburban, urban, public, and private. Houston has extensive background in organizational leadership, strategic planning, public speaking, mentorship, and college readiness.
Prior to coming to Northfield in 2016, Houston served as a Teacher Leadership Capacity Partner for Denver Public Schools. He was responsible for collaborating with Instructional Superintendents, Principals and Teacher leaders in the high school network to roll out systems and structures to distribute leadership among teachers, formalize Professional Learning Communities and Data Driven Instruction, and re-define the purpose of the Instructional Leadership Team. During spring of 2018, Houston was a member of a team that presented about the state of Teacher Leadership in Denver Public Schools, at Harvard University. He has teaching experience in Special Education, English, and Spanish.
Houston also offers a rich athletics background in which he coached high school football for ten years and has coached All-American, All-State, and all conference players. Most notable, Houston coached Montbello high school standout, Andrew Davis, who was an All-American and awarded the Franklin D. Watkins Award that celebrates the best African-American student-athlete in the country. In addition to high school experience, Houston also worked in the Division of Athletics & Recreation at the University of Denver and was the Director for the Annual Hoyt Brawner Basketball Tournament and school representative for Sun Belt Conference Championships.
Houston and his wife, Dr. Biaze Houston, have two daughters, Avani and Sade. In his spare time, Houston enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, mentoring, and attending concerts and sporting events.
Houston loves Northfield, Nighthawk students and families, and working with all stakeholders to make Northfield one of the best high schools in the country.