Jerry Esparza is currently a Denver Public Schools Teacher. This is his 12th year teaching at Thomas Jefferson High School in the Center for Communication Technology program. His main teaching focus is teaching 3D Design and Web Design. He is also a teacher advisor for SkillsUSA, a student run organization that allows students to take on leadership responsibilities and compete in their technology skills nationally. In 2007 Jerry served as a panelist for the NCWIT and NSF Summit workshop on K-12 IT Education. From 2003-2008 he worked with the summer technology camp, Digital Currents, a collaboration effort between the ATLAS program at CU and the Denver Public Schools. Prior to joining the Center For Communication Technology, formerly the Computer Magnet, Jerry taught computer technology in various K-8 and middle schools within DPS. He also served as the School Technology Resource specialist, assisting teachers with technology integration within the curriculum. His other teaching experience, include implementing the Online Individual Career Academic Portfolio across the school district. And, spent eight years as a middle school science teacher using technology as a tool for learning. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from the University of Iowa and obtained his Masters from UCD in Instructional Technology. His most recent educational accomplishments, was receiving his Colorado Principal’s License from Denver University. In 2017, he took on an additional position as a Senior Team Leader, overseeing teacher's effectiveness in the classroom.