A woman helps a child who is working on a laptop. Both are wearing masks.
Former DPS Superintendent Susana Córdova, left, helps Abigail Prado as she works on a laptop in a classroom in Newlon Elementary School in August 2020. (David Zalubowski, AP Photo)

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Less than two years after being appointed superintendent of the school district where she was once a student, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova announced she is leaving the district and her home city to take a job in Texas.

She will be the deputy superintendent of leading and learning in the Dallas Independent School District, according to an email sent to district families Friday afternoon.

“As the child of Mexican-American parents and a first-generation college graduate, I know that I owe a debt of gratitude to DPS, and I have been honored to spend the past 31 years as a member of Team DPS,” said Cordova, who started as a teacher in the district in 1989.

“I am sad to be leaving Denver, but I will be eternally grateful to everyone I have worked with and learned from over the past decades,” she said. “I will work with the board and the senior leadership team over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition, and I want you to know that Denver will forever be home to me.”

Cordova said she wasn’t actively looking for another position but rather was approached about the job in Dallas, a city she said “reminds me a lot of the Denver I grew up in.” She said she admires and respects the superintendent in Dallas, Michael Hinojosa, and is excited for the challenge of working in a new community.

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Melanie Asmar has covered Denver Public Schools for Chalkbeat Colorado since 2015. Asmar previously worked at Westword newspaper in Denver and for a daily newspaper in New Hampshire, where she covered education. Chalkbeat is a nonprofit...