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AFT Colorado Contact Information


President:                    Bernadette Jiron         

Secretary/Treasurer:  Sarah Mesmer            

Executive Vice President:  Katherine Dorman

Vice Presidents:

Dedra Smith, Lucy Squire, Wayne Scott, Christi Herrick, Sheila Rucki, and Victoria Pacheco


Executive Director: Kallie Leyba                   

Office Manager: Cheryl Reiling                     

Political Director: Kallie Leyba                      

925 S. Niagara St.

Suite 600

Denver, CO  80224


Colorado Classified School Employees -

Colorado Federation School Safety Professionals - Darin Barnhart

Denver Federation Teachers -

Denver Federation Paraprofessionals & Nutrition Service Employees -

Douglas County Federation -

Elizabeth Federation -

Emily Griffith - Vocation Teachers -

Metro State Faculty Federation -

Primero Federation -

Trinidad Federation


AFT Colorado was organized as the Colorado Federation of Teachers, and was chartered  October 26, 1946.  In the early years there was no collective bargaining for Colorado teachers, but the CFT was effective in gaining improved working conditions for teachers and better learning conditions for students.  Along with the Denver Federation of Teachers, CFT proposed statewide tenure laws, teacher certification standards, school district reorganization, and improved school financing.


The Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, represents more than 350,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities. Our jobs include office employees, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, instructional paraprofessionals, food service workers, school nurses and health aides, technicians, groundskeepers, secretaries, bookkeepers, mechanics, special education assistants and hundreds of other job titles.

The AFT represents higher education faculty (including both full- and part-time), professional staff and graduate employees, in all sectors of higher education—public and private, two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. MORE
Throughout this century, the AFT has been a major force for preserving and strengthening America's democratic commitment to public education and public service. Desegregating public schools, passing the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged children are just a few of the causes the AFT has championed. MORE

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.


AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.


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