Denise joined the associate teacher program for the 2022-23 school year while she pursues a master’s degree in early childhood education at Lesley University. Born and raised in Boston, Denise graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She completed her associate’s degree in social sciences at Roxbury Community College. For the past seven years, Denise has been a trauma-informed community advocacy specialist, providing families with support to acquire and practice skills to achieve long-term stability. When she isn’t teaching, she’s enjoying skating, listening to music, and cooking with her daughter. She is passionate about establishing healthy relationships and making learning fun while developing and promoting an inclusive and supportive environment.