DIRECTV and Teach For America Expand Access to an Excellent Math Education in Denver

October 10 MATHx Event in Denver Continues Partnership; Second of Three-Part Series Occurring in Los Angeles, Denver, and Tulsa, Okla.


Denver, October 8, 2015—Teach For America received $250,000 from DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T family, to support its national efforts to recruit, train, and support math educators across the country, with its Colorado, Los Angeles and Oklahoma regions receiving dedicated funding. As part of a national partnership to expand access to excellent math instruction for students in high-need communities and develop resources that will inspire students to love math, the partnership reflects the organizations’ joint commitment to ensuring all students cultivate the math skills needed to be successful in college and beyond in a world which is increasingly digital and defined by math innovation.

On Saturday, October 10, hundreds of students, educators, and representatives from science, technology, engineering, and math- (STEM) focused organizations will gather at Denver’s North High School to kick off the Denver partnership with MATHx—a program featuring short, energizing talks exploring innovation, exciting trends, and achievement in math education. The Denver MATHx event is the second in a series of three: a Los Angeles MATHx was completed in April, and a Tulsa, Okla., event will take place later this month. MATHx Denver culminates Teach For America’s daylong Education Leadership Summit. MATHx speakers include:

  • Jeni Bell, Vice President and General Manager, Rocky Mountain region, AT&T
  • Damion LeeNatali, Executive Director, Teach For America–Colorado
  • Councilman Chris Herndon, Denver City Council Member, District 8
  • Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator® and Guinness Record holder for mental calculation
  • Susan Germer, Director of Partnerships, EduCanon, and Teach For America alumnus (Bay Area Corps ’10)
  • Carly Buch, physics teacher, North High School, and Teach For America alumnus (Colorado Corps ’12)
  • Frank Morales, Sr., parent of a student at North High School
  • Frank Morales, Jr., student, North High School
  • Marlen Esparza, U.S. Olympic Boxer - 2012 Bronze Medalist

“We are honored to collaborate with Teach For America to not only help improve math education for students, but make it fun,” said Jeni Bell, vice president and general manager, AT&T-Rocky Mountain Region. “AT&T is committed to helping students thrive in classrooms across the country.”

“Teach For America–Colorado is working in partnership with the community, schools, teachers, and families to ensure all students receive an excellent education and are exposed to opportunities in math and science. We’re grateful for the support and partnership from DIRECTV that has afforded us the opportunity to host this event in Denver,” said Damion LeeNatali, executive director of Teach For America–Colorado.

In Colorado, more than 650 Teach For America teachers – including 200 corps members in their first two years of teaching  are positively impacting 35,000 students in Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. As Teach For America marks nine years of partnering with the community to expand educational opportunity in the Centennial State, the national organization marks its first quarter-century this fall with a diverse community of 50,000 leaders committed to expanding opportunities for students and addressing the systemic barriers to educational equity. More than 20 percent of Teach For America teachers in Colorado have backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and are helping to empower students in science and math.

Media is invited to attend MathX on Saturday, October 10.

  • North High School: 2960 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80211
  • 3:00–3:30 p.m. MST: Registration and Reception
  • 3:30–5:00 p.m. MST: MATHx Program

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,800 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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