Leslie Farrell, Middle School Coordinator
Leslie was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Colorado at age 13 and went to Alameda High School. After high school, she attended the University of Colorado Denver where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. As a first-generation student, the biggest aid for her was being part of the Pre-Collegiate Program. She always aspired to go to college and knew she was going to make it there no matter what. With Pre-Collegiate she was able to learn about all the different resources available that would help fund her education. Now she is honored to work for Pre-Collegiate as the Middle School Coordinator and appreciates helping first-generation students like herself. Her goals for the next couple years are to continue impacting first-generation students and hopes that her past experiences and background can help and encourage students for years to come.
Junior Reina, High School Coordinator
Junior is a proud product of Denver Public Schools and graduate of Montbello High School. He attended the University of Colorado Denver where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing and two minors in Spanish and Ethnic Studies and later earned a Master degree in Secondary Education. Junior is well aware of the barriers that come along with being the first in the family to go to college which is why he enjoys working with other first-generation students. He can relate to their struggles, frustrations, and also their successes. For Junior it is important for to scaffold the process, which at times can be a daunting experience. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D.at CU Denver and his goal is to graduate while developing academic relationships with students. He would also like to teach here at CU Denver in the future.