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Marti Champion

Favorite Quote:    "Tell me who you walk with and I'll tell you who you are."     – Mexican Proverb

Marti M. Champion currently teaches 8th grade English at Kent Denver School, where she also serves as a middle school dean, advisor, and coach. Marti’s work with STAMP (Students Taking Action and Making Progress) began before STAMP was established in 2012. Working with private school students who were excited to share their experiences after attending the SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Conference) hosted by NAIS, she worked to help create the STAMP Conference where high school students from both public and private schools in the Denver-metro area share their insights and lead middle school students from both public and private schools in the Denver-metro area in courageous conversations. Marti has been a co-director of the STAMP Conference for the past 4 years and was the co-director of this summer’s STAMP: Social Justice and Equity Leadership Experience (STAMP Camp).

Why CIRCLE?     I do this work to pay homage to those who've come before me. Without them, I would not be in a position to do the work and be in the conversation. I owe it to the next generation to stay engaged for as long as I can.

Favorite book related to inclusiveness:     I believe each book is important to the work we are doing. However, the book I am currently reading is Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. It's about a white woman and her journey to discover her place in the "race" conversation.

Personal Theme Song:    "Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield
Every time I hear this song, I feel compelled to belt it out at the top of my lungs. The notion that each of us, to a certain extent, has the ability to write our own stories is a powerful message. The notion that my future is "unwritten" pushes me to show up as the best person I can be - even when I don't feel like it.

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