Branta Lockett is the program manager for Leader Pipeline Development at Denver Public Schools. Growing up in Miami, Florida, Branta witnessed disparities in public schooling that sparked her passion for solving issues of inequity in education. She envisions opening a school that utilizes performing arts and culturally sustaining pedagogy to engage BIPoC students. Branta is committed to creating programs that uplift, affirm, and inspire Black students, families, and communities.
In 2016, Branta received a Master of Arts degree in Urban Education Policy from Brown University. Prior to that, she received a Master of Arts degree in Cross- Disciplinary Studies from Nova Southeastern University in 2015. In 2013, Branta received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University, majoring in both African American and Diaspora Studies and History with a European concentration.
Miss Marz is an elementary teacher, entrepreneur, veteran, and scholar with a passion for social justice, advocacy, and healing. After gaining life experience growing up on the East Coast and then serving as an Arabic linguist in the US Air Force for six years, Miss Marz attended the University of Colorado Denver where she achieved an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. While in college, she found herself drawn to education equity and community activism. She was awarded the UCD School of Education & Human Development Leadership Awards two years in a row in recognition of her visionary spirit in service of the community. Now, she teaches students at an African-centered homeschool academy while finishing her Master’s in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education at UCD.