Meet Jacque

Growing up, people told me I would have to take a seat to the kids born in wealthy and well-connected families. I became pregnant with my daughter in high school and raised her as a single mom most of my life. When I dropped out of high school to take care of her, I knew I would do everything I could to give her the best life she could have.

From there, I worked three jobs and waited tables, paying my way through Aims Community College. After six years, I graduated and went on to get my doctorate and law degree.

I’ve spent my career leveling the playing field for disadvantaged youth and holding bad actors accountable. I’ve brought this same fearless determination to our community while on Thornton City Council. You can count on me to keep working hard for South Thornton and to continue our fight to create a Thornton that works for everyone – not just the very wealthy and well-connected politicians. 


  • Juris Doctor – University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (2009)
  • Doctorate in Special Education (Emotional/Behavioral Disorders) – University of Northern Colorado (1997)
  • M.A. in Special Education – University of Northern Colorado (1991)
  • B.A. in Education (Middle School Math) – University of Northern Colorado (1989)


  • 20+ years of teaching K-12 General and Special Education
  • University Professor – University of Hawaii & Adams State College
  • Adjunct Professor – University of Northern Colorado & University of Colorado at Denver
  • Extensive presentations/ training/workshops at the state, national and international level
  • Trained & experienced in Mediation
  • Legal intern: The Legal Center for People with Disabilities & U.S. Department of Education
  • International school experience including Kenya, Burma, Saudi Arabia

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