Bret Poppleton worked at DSST: Stapleton, one of the most acclaimed charter schools in the country, for the past 10 years, where he wore many different hats as part of the leadership team. He previously held the job of Director of Finance and Operations and helped build the organization from a single school serving 425 students, to a network of charter schools, which now serves more than 5000 students, grades 6-12. More recently, he was the Dean of the 11th and 12th grades, an Instructional Coach, and the head of the Service Learning Program. He believes that the current education system is in dire need of systematic disruption. Through education, he hopes to change the eternal trajectory of each student with whom he interacts.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 as a Finance Major, where he also played Division I baseball for the Fighting Irish. His experience on the baseball team allowed him to travel extensively in the United States from Boston to LA and Seattle to Miami. After graduating and flirting with the idea of being an accountant, he moved to Alta, Utah as a ski bum, before continuing his education at Penn State University, where he earned his MBA in 2000.
Shortly after graduating from MBA school, Bret took a job in Fort Collins, CO with Agilent Technologies as a Supply Chain Demand Planner for an important ASICs platform. While in Fort Collins, Bret met and then married his beautiful wife Jayla. Later that same year, the newlywed couple moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands for three years where they helped to start a non-profit organization and church in the heart of the city.
In 2005, Bret and Jayla moved back to Denver, where they have worked and lived since. Bret’s pursuits include cycling, triathlon, travel, photography, social justice, and coffee. His real passion, though, is his family – his amazing wife and their boys: Asher, Isaac, and Theo. You often find Bret coaching their lacrosse teams or wrestling with them, trying (unsuccessfully) to not to break everything in the house.