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Leadership – Hamilton


Meet our Administrative Team!


CS eclipseDr. Christian Sawyer is a nationally-recognized teacher and veteran principal, honored now to serve as Hamilton’s principal.  His passion for education comes from believing that every student has a unique and brilliant gift within them.  He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of teacher leadership in schools.

Dr. Sawyer graduated as a Relay National Principal Fellowship, a highly-selective program focused on our nation’s top instructional practices.  Additionally, he was a fellow in the Battelle for Kids STEM Leadership Academy, committed to exploring best practices, design, and impact of STEM education.  Prior to joining Hamilton, Dr. Sawyer served as a middle school principal in Metro Nashville Public Schools, where he and his faculty also built a nationally-recognized teacher leadership model and moved their school from “target school” to “meets expectations” in three years.  He also served an assistant principal and as “Teacher in Residence” at Vanderbilt’s top-ranked Peabody College of Education. Additionally, he has taught at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and was named an Atlantik-Brueke Fellow to improve German-American relations. Dr. Sawyer’s innovative teaching led to his recognition as National Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the National Council for the Social Studies; the Tennessee Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies; a White House Fellows Regional Finalist; a Tennessee Distinguished Educator; and the “Educator Award” from the Nashville Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities. Dr. Sawyer is also a widely-published author.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Sawyer graduated Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his doctorate at Vanderbilt in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Organization.

Assistant Principals

Whitney Bradley WeathersWhitney (Bradley) Weathers, the Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning comes to Hamilton with ten years of experience as a teacher and teacher leader. She is a graduate of Nashville State Community College, Tennessee State University, and Vanderbilt University. She moved to Denver from Nashville, TN in 2016 after working in the Nashville Public School system. During her time in Nashville, she received numerous teaching awards and accolades which include Teacher of the Year for the Metro Nashville Public School System (2015) as well as Regional Teacher of the Year for Middle Tennessee (2015). Her work with teacher leadership has been featured on NPR and she was also recognized by Vanderbilt University for her work with new teachers through the teacher leadership model. Her current work as AP of Teaching and Learning focuses heavily on ensuring academic equity through the strategic use of teacher leadership. She is happy to be at Hamilton and loves the daily challenges being here brings. On a personal note, she is newly married and has a daughter in high school, an elementary aged son, and a son on the way.

Working closely with Principal Sawyer and Assistant Principal Weathers is Assistant Principal Gwen Victor. With strong experience both in the community and in education, a deep caring for students, and a commitment to excellence, she serves the Hamilton community with professionalism and warmth.

Dean of School Culture

Amber Shearer is a Colorado native who has also been a Denver Public Schools employee since she was 18!

Ms. Shearer began working at the elementary level while in school at Metro State.  After graduating with a degree in English and secondary teaching license Ms. Shearer worked at the middle school level teaching seventh grade language arts at Martin Luther Kind Jr. Early College and Morey Middle School.  To learn more about instruction she worked as a district Peer Observer in English classrooms across the district.  After observing, coaching, and giving feedback to hundreds of teachers Amber went back to the middle school level as the Director of Instruction at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences.

To continue growing in her professional capacity Amber enrolled in the Ritchie program at the University of Denver while interning as a principal at Castro Elementary School.  Learning about organizational systems, student motivation and behavior, Amber received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis on Culturally Responsive Teaching and Pedagogy.  Amber is thrilled to be a part of the Hamilton family and community!  Learning about our families, scholars, and working to ensure the best middle school experience possible is what her passion is all about.  When not working or attending school Amber enjoys spending time with her twelve year old twins and her boyfriend of many years.

IB Coordinator

LR bioLeticia Raymond is originally from San Diego, California. She attended UCLA for her undergraduate degree and completed both of my master’s degrees from UNT in 2008 and 2015.   I moved to Texas in 2005 where I taught in the Dallas and Austin areas as a Teacher Leader and IB Coordinator. Then in 2014 I made the big move to Denver, where I have absolutely fallen in love with the weather, the people, and the outdoor lifestyle.  I figured if I couldn’t have the ocean in our backyard I’d love to have adventures in the Rockies.

I have two boys, Ryker 7, and Palmer 4, who love to explore with our “cow-dog” Z.  I have had the privilege of leading grades K-6 for the last 14 years at campuses with IB and international programming.  I am so excited to be a part of the amazing community at Hamilton Middle School this year.  IB is what I believe provides the ultimate educational experience for our scholars, elevating expectations while students explore the world around them.

Scholar Advisors

Hamilton has Scholar Advisors to support student discipline and learning:

Laura Visintine: for 8th students. She can be reached at Laura_Visintine@dpsk12.org or 720-423-9455.

Michelle Hill: for 7th grade students. She can be reached at Michelle_Hill@dpsk12.org or 720-423-9483.

Patricia Morland: for 6th grade students.  She can be reached at Patricia_Mcdonald-Morland@dpsk12.org or 720-423-9461.

Office Staff

The team in Hamilton’s front office handles thousands of queries a day with efficiency and grace. They are there to greet students, staff, and visitors with a smile, and know the answer to just about any question you might have.

For specific questions, contact the following people:

Attendance: Juli Yacovetta  720-423-9504

Registration: Esther Blackmon  720-423-9505  Se habla español.

Principal’s Secretary: Jacque Hudson-Raila 720-423-9501

Family & Community Liaison

Our Family and Community Liaison, Carolyn Leahy is available to families who have questions regarding Hamilton Middle School’s programs and activities. She can be contacted at Carolyn_Leahy@dpsk12.org .

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