100th Birthday Celebration

100th Birthday Celebration

Her school throws her a parade

With some of her school's students

With some of her school's students

With Denver Mayor Hancock

With Denver Mayor Hancock

Receiving Outstanding Contributor to Denver Medal

Celebrating Marie L. Greenwood and Promoting the Passions that Emerged and Shaped Her Life

Denver legend, Marie L Greenwod

Who Was Marie L. Greenwood

Marie L. Greenwood was honored extensively for her teaching excellence that earned her tenure in 1938 as the first African American contracted teacher in Denver Public Schools, thus opening the doors for the equitable and inclusive district it strives to be today.


After she turned 100, she published her engaging autobiography, By the Grace of God: The True Life Journey of 100 Years, was awarded Mayor Michael Hancock’s Outstanding Contributor to Denver Medal and was honored by the Colorado Department of Education as a Trailblazer in Education for the Children of the State of Colorado.


Even in death, Mrs. Greenwood continues to be our inspiration due to her wisdom and legacy throughout her almost 107 years of life!

Marie L. Greenwood

November 24, 1912 - November 15, 2019




















                                                                  Photo by Katy Tartakoff, Nov. 7, 2019

Mrs. Greenwood gifted our Each One Teach One students, parent tutors and community members beautiful years of her wisdom, wit, stories and conversations. Just 8 days before her passing, she celebrated the perfect attendance of students and teachers during Each One Teach One Summer Program 2019. She remained a teacher to the end, reminding students to project their voices and "to do what you love and be the best at it! If you reach for the stars, at least you'll hit the treetops."


Mrs. Greenwood, thanks for the memories! May we always strive to be Better People. To read memorial press, please click here

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