The Board of Directors and leaders of Denver Language School are committed to making DLS the very best school it can be.  Learn more about our leadership team below:

Kathy Benzel

Executive Director

Kathy has been a teacher and administrator in K-12 schools since 1992. She began her career as an English immersion teacher in Bogotá, Colombia, then became a Spanish immersion teacher back here in the United States, as well as a World Language Curriculum specialist. Her former administration positions include Assistant Principal at Lone Tree and Pine Lane Elementary Schools, and Principal at Global Village Academy in Aurora.

Kathy has traveled the globe for cultural studies and professional development—Spain, England, Scotland, China, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica—and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature and Bilingual/Dual Language Education at University of California-Santa Cruz and University of New Mexico, respectively. Kathy and her husband have two sons who are also bilingual.


Doug Seligman

Principal, Whiteman Campus

Doug has been in either an English teacher or administrator since 1994, first in New Mexico and since 1996, Colorado. His family moved a bit during his formative years so he considers Miami his childhood home.  He has a BA from the University of New Mexico and a MA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Doug was actually in the Czech immersion program while in the Army and graduated with native fluency.  He and his wife live in North Park Hill, and enjoy travel, movies, food, and their two dogs and two cats. 


Robert Newman

Principal, Gilpin Campus

Robert has been a part of the Denver Language School community for 10 years as a parent and an educator. Robert's family joined DLS at its inception, and his daughter was part of the first Chinese kindergarten class to celebrate an 8th grade continuum. Robert's path to a life in education was circuitous, moving first through careers in music promotion and as Communications and Marketing Director for the Art Students League of Denver and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado. Prior to joining the DLS admin team, Robert worked for nine years at New America High School, Lowry; an English language immersion school for immigrants and refugees. Robert has traveled extensively and taught English in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan, for 4 years. He has a BA from Texas Tech University, and a Leadership & Policy Studies with Principal License Certification from CU Denver. Robert's hobbies including golfing, which he does very poorly, riding his bike, which he does very slowly, and playing his drums, which he does very loudly. Robert lives with his wife and daughter in Northwest Denver, and is the owner of a very unruly dachshund.


Jessica Leonard

Dean of Students & School Culture, Whiteman Campus

Jessica received her BS in Elementary Education in 2012 from Northern Arizona University.  She completed an internship allowing her to gain experience working with all elementary grade levels before teaching 5th grade for a few years in Tucson, AZ.  Jessica has taken on multiple positions with DLS as she worked to obtain her master’s in Educational Leadership in Spring 2018. She continued her education further to obtain a Principal's Certificate in Fall 2018.

Administrative Responsibilities: Discipline, PBIS, Culture, Student Behavioral Interventions, Student Safety and Security, Drill Preparation, Kindergarten Events and Activities.


Matthew Martinez

Dean of Students & School Culture, Gilpin Campus

Matthew received his BS in Sociology and Criminology from Colorado State University- Pueblo in 2005. He then completed his master’s degree in community counseling emphasizing in cognitive behavioral therapy for adolescents. Matthew successfully completed internships in community and school counseling the summer of 2009. In 2015 Matthew completed his Master's of Business Administration with emphasis's in Public Administration and Leadership. This past spring, Matthew completed his alternative principal authorization program.

Matthew has 13 years of educational experience, with 10 years as a high school counselor and four years in educational leadership. Additionally, Matthew is going on his 14th year as a middle school and high school wrestling coach at Jefferson High School in Lakewood.

Administrative Responsibilities: Discipline, PBIS, Culture, Student Behavioral Interventions, Student Safety and Security, Drill Preparation, 5th-8th grade events and activities.


Yu-Hsin Lien

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Grades K-4, Whiteman Campus

Yu-Hsin has been both a teacher and an administrator in the bilingual language education field for 12 years. She started as an English Lead teacher in Taipei, Taiwan in 2005 and pursued her career in dual language immersion education in US after her graduate study in second language education at the University of Maryland in 2009.

In the last 9 years, she took on the leadership role as classroom lead teacher and program director in schools in Arizona and Colorado. In this capacity, she provides leadership in ongoing planning and implementation of curriculum and instruction, professional development to instructional staff, and differentiated coaching aligned to district framework for 1st-year teachers. Yu-Hsin loves language immersion model and has strong believes in the benefits language learning would bring. Yu-Hsin’s 4 years old is trilingual in Mandarin, Spanish, and English. He will be joining in DLS soon!

Administrative Responsibilities: Grades K-4: Curriculum Development, Instruction & Coaching, Professional Development, Assessments (CMAS, Istation, Level Chinese, AP, STAMP/Avant), Data Analysis & Reports.


Eva Doblas

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Grades 5-8, Gilpin Campus

Eva has lived and taught in the state of Colorado since 1999. With over 25 years of experience in education,  she has dedicated most of her career to language immersion both at Edwards Dual Language Elementary School and DLS since its inception. She has a BA and MA in English Literature and Linguistics, and a second MA in Education, Administration and Supervision. Eva was the recipient of the Jared Polis Teacher Recognition Award in 2011 and has presented in regional and national teacher conferences. Outside of school, Eva stays busy with her two children, who are proud DLS dolphins, her husband, and dogs. 

Administrative Responsibilities: Grades 5-8: Curriculum Development, Instruction & Coaching, Professional Development, Assessments (CMAS, Istation, Level Chinese, AP, STAMP/Avant), Data Analysis & Reports.


Annie Trujillo

Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator

Annie has been a teacher or administrator since 2004, starting in Chicago, Illinois as a History and Language Arts teacher. Annie moved to Denver, Colorado and helped start the New America School - Lowry, a charter high school for English Language Learners. Working as an English language development teacher and school administrator, she has developed curriculum, school wide MTSS systems, and  restorative school cultures. Annie earned her Masters degree from The University of Colorado Denver in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, and her Bachelor's degree from Loyola University of Chicago, in History and Secondary Education. She also completed a school administration license program through Adams State University.  In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and travelling with her husband and two daughters who are both in the Spanish immersion program at the Denver Language School.    

Administrative Responsibilities: Teacher Support and Coaching on MTSS Implementation, Capstone Project coordination, Assessment SAL Responsibilities, and Teacher Induction Program Support.   


Camilla Modesitt

Director of Advancement

Camilla worked in politics, publishing, and law before landing in public education. She moved to Denver from the East Coast to attend law school, and has been here ever since. She is a founder of DLS and a huge proponent of the public language immersion model. You might also see her around the local arts scene, performing or teaching improv. She is part of the team that produces the annual Denver Improv Festival and the EDIT Festival (Elevating Diverse Improvisors Together). She lives in Denver with her husband, two teenagers, and two dogs.

Administrative Responsibilities: Annual Fund, Grant writing, grant reporting, Gala, Fundraising, Capstone & Student Projects, Alumni, Tours, Outreach, School Expos, Marketing, Center of Excellence for Language Immersion Education.


Rachel Posedenti, PHR, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources & Financial Secretary

Rachel has completed a Bachelor’s degree in History from Iona College and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Colorado State University. Rachel also holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and the Society for Human Resources certified professional certification (SHRM-CP). Prior to joining DLS, Rachel spent 3 years directing international academic summer camp programs for gifted and talented students. Rachel lives in Erie, CO with her husband and two dogs, Colby and Brie.

Administrative Responsibilities: Human Resources Management, Bookkeeping, Student Financial Aid, DLS Uniform Sales and Vouchers. 


Katie Evereth

Director of Communications

Before entering the world of public education, Katie worked in professional sports marketing and sponsorship for ten years. She has worked for the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals (NHL), Buffalo Bandits (NLL), and the USA Pro Challenge (UCI). She also has over five years of experience in non-profit fundraising and communications at World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Katie moved to Colorado from DC in 2011 craving dry air and sunnier days. Katie lives in North Denver with her French Bulldogs Otto and Gus.

Administrative Responsibilities: External and Internal Communications, Weekly DLS Newsletters, Website Design & Maintenance, Graphic Design, and Uniform Sales.