A Letter from Anne Rowe

July 17, 2018


Dear Team DPS,

Today, Tom shared his decision to step down after 10 years of service as our superintendent. For the last seven of those years, Tom and I have worked closely together and – like many of you – I know first-hand the depth of his passion for improving the future of the children and families we serve.

In the past decade, there have been few waking hours during which Tom’s attention has not been focused on how to move DPS forward. So while I am personally saddened by his decision, I also understand and respect it.

Tom’s leadership, in partnership with our educators, has had a profound impact on Denver Public Schools.

We are in every way a better district than a decade ago, and our students, families and educators have all benefited from his service. We have become a district recognized nationally for innovation, from our emphasis on teachers as leaders in their buildings to our focus on the social and emotional – as well as academic – needs of our kids.

Perhaps most importantly, almost 2,000 more of Denver’s children are graduating from high school every year, prepared for brighter futures.

The Board of Education is grateful that Tom has agreed to continue as our superintendent for the next three months while we carry out our responsibility of hiring his successor. Board members are meeting to determine next steps, and we will soon have a public announcement about the process for selecting our next superintendent.

It is also important to emphasize that, while we will miss Tom’s leadership, we have an exceptional leadership team at DPS and I am confident we will not miss a beat as we continue moving forward in our shared mission.

Please join me and my colleagues in thanking Tom for his service.


Anne Rowe
President, Denver Public Schools Board of Education