Staff Bios

Experience and Dedication.
The staff at Denver Teacher Residency brings a diverse range of backgrounds and professional experience to the table. They oversee all aspects of the program, ensuring that every child in Denver Public Schools has what it takes to succeed – an effective teacher.

Shannon Hagerman, Executive Director of Teacher and Principal Preparation -Shannon joined the Denver Teacher Residency in August 2012. She is dedicated to continuing the development of the program and demonstrating how urban teacher residencies are uniquely able to prepare highly effective teachers. Prior to joining DTR, Shannon was the Executive Director of Innovation Schools with Denver Public Schools and Principal of the Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment. It was during her time as principal that she became familiar with the Denver Teacher Residency; Montclair was one of the program’s first host schools. Shannon holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a PhD in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Denver. She lives in the Denver area with her husband and two young daughters.

Julie Rottier-Lukens, Manager of Program & Curriculum – Julie is starting her 18th year in education. Her work with Denver Teacher Residency includes collaborating with faculty from University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education to develop and align curriculum with the needs of Denver Public Schools teachers; teaching for the DTR program; collaborating with multiple partners to select DTR host school site partners, mentor teachers and adjunct professors; and working with program staff to create professional development for mentor teachers. Julie has been a teacher, instructional specialist, and assistant principal in DPS for the last 9 years. Before joining DPS, she taught elementary special education students in Fort Lupton and Jefferson County schools in Colorado, and at the American School of Lima in Peru. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education from the Pennsylvania State University and acquired her administrative licensure through the University of Denver.

Madda Evenson, HR Coordinator - Madda joins Denver Teacher Residency as the executive secretary. She has worked for Denver Public Schools since 2004. She held previous positions in DPS at Doull Elementary and most recently at CEC Middle College of Denver for over five years. Her primary responsibilities are to support the DTR staff, residents, and alumni with administrative and budgeting tasks, ensure accuracy and timeliness of reporting and scheduling, and to work with potential program candidates to support the recruiting and application processes. Madda graduated as an Executive Bilingual Secretary at the Secretarial Academy Madres Canadienses in her native Lima, Peru and has worked for organizations such as United Nations, Bechtel, and Shell.

Amanda Ludwig, Talent Management Specialist - Amanda Ludwig currently serves as the Talent Management Specialist with the Denver Teacher Residency program at Denver Public Schools (DPS).  Prior to her experience with DPS, she was speaker coordinator for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, National Young Leaders Conference and National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security, where she recruited speakers including Condoleezza Rice, Bob Woodward, Jenna Hager Bush, Barbara Bush and Jesse Jackson to the Washington DC metro area to supplement large-scale education conferences for student from across the country. Amanda is a Returned Peace Corps Bulgaria Volunteer and previously worked for The Walt Disney Company and Denver’s own Elitch Gardens.  She is a Denver native and holds a BA in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Jouanna Crossland-Wells, Field Manager – Jouanna has experience in various levels of education, including math and social studies teacher, assistant principal in both middle and high schools, adjunct professor in the College of Education for pre-service teachers/teacher candidates, and as an educational consultant for Mid-Continent Research and Education for Learning (McREL). As a classroom teacher and teacher leader, Jouanna worked with other teachers to implement instructional strategies to include cooperative learning and differentiated instruction with an emphasis on technology. As an Assistant Principal, Jouanna facilitated weekly data team meetings with academy teams and served as the administrative liaison to AVID, Advanced Placement teachers, CU Succeed Professors, CCA Professors and UCD Teacher Candidates. She has planned and facilitated a variety of professional development activities for teachers, both district and schoolwide. Jouanna earned her Bachelor’s in Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

Erik Smith, Field Manager - Erik has a diverse background in education and brings many of these experiences to his role as a Field Manager.  He has been involved in Denver Public Schools for over seven years and has served in the roles of substitute teacher, paraprofessional, technology coordinator and as a classroom teacher both in our public schools and our public charter system.  Prior to his work in our district he worked to fight inequities through efforts with Refugee Services of Lansing Michigan as well as developed and implemented curricula throughout the Jellonamdo province of South Korea.  Erik has earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Colorado and maintains a principals license in the state of Colorado.



Information Sessions for the 2016-2017 year

March 8, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - Information Session at Emily Griffith Campus

March 15, 2017 Information Session @ 5:30 pm at DU's Morgridge College of Education

Application Deadline: March 19, 2017

Information Sessions

Info Sessions 2016/17
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Denver University