Matthew Baca (he/him/his)

Assistant Principal & Title IX Coordinator

Mr. Baca is excited to begin work as the Assistant Principal at RiseUp Community School for the 2020/2021 school year! Having spent 6 years working to educate and expand post-secondary pathways as an administrator of vulnerable populations in the mountains of Teller County, Mr. Baca looks forward to the opportunity to return to Denver where he attended college both as an undergraduate and as an Organizational Leadership Master’s scholar at the University of Denver.

As a proud Chicano leader, Mr. Baca worked diligently to overcome adversity on his way to becoming an educational leader. He believes a strong system of support and a commitment to education is central to achieving your full potential. His philosophy of meeting students where they are informs his love of alternative education as a pathway to fulfilling post-secondary opportunities. As a first-generation college student, Mr. Baca has devoted himself to advocating for the educational and emotional needs of marginalized students both at the regional and state level as a member of the 21st Century Learning Community hub committee as well as a voice of color at Action 22 events throughout the state.

When not working, you can find Mr. Baca and his two children on the mountain trails of Colorado where they enjoy hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking! On rare occasions, he can also be found working on pen and ink illustrations to relax throughout the school year!

What is Your Why?

I believe trusting relationships are essential to educational growth. Growing up in crisis, I felt unable to share my truth with people outside of my immediate family. This led to extreme isolation and depression. At RiseUp I feel compelled to build safe trusting spaces that honor authenticity and inclusion, knowing that young people do their best work when they feel seen, heard, and valued.