About Dr. Anne

Anne Keke is a native of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Her parents raised her to believe that education is the most important tool to beat poverty and inspired her to emigrate to the United States to further her education.

Anne emigrated to Aurora Colorado in 2001 to fulfill her mother’s dream of a great education. She is an alumni of the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado Technical University where she earned consecutively her Bachelor’s degree, her Master’s degree and lastly her Doctorate in criminal justice. While earning her degrees she fell in love with the vibrancy and diversity of the many communities that make up Aurora and decided to make it her permanent home.

Since graduating in 2008 with her bachelor’s degree, Anne has worked in fields that touch both youth and adults including the criminal justice system, social programs, and education. She is currently an instructor at Colorado Early Colleges, a public charter school in Aurora, where she teaches languages and Career and Technical Education (CTE) and serves as a restorative justice coordinator. At CEC Anne enjoys working with students who are seeking to enter a career to support themselves and their families along a path that doesn’t necessarily include college. Anne believes these students are just as deserving of a great educational experience as those who do want to pursue a college degree.

In her work Anne has seen firsthand the challenges the education system has in meeting students where they are and engaging them in challenging and exciting coursework. Additionally, the intersection between her work in criminal justice and education gives her unique insight into how the challenges ingrained in the education system contribute directly to the school to prison pipeline. Her work at CEC allows her to support students and address both of these issues.

 

In the community, Anne is a member of the African Leadership Group (ALG) – a group whose mission is to help the African immigrant diaspora in Aurora prosper in the US. At the ALG Anne dedicates her time to tutoring youth from the African immigrant community and, helping them to navigate an education system that may be entirely different than they or their families are familiar with. She also regularly testifies at the State Legislature about education issues that affect her community, and all families in APS.  For her work with ALG Dr. Anne Keke was the recipient of the “Woman of Inspiration” award because she is an extraordinary woman who leads by example. She inspires others to go further, making a ripple impact across her community. She is a true champion for advancing women in education.

Anne lives in the Aurora Highlands with her daughter,  who is a student in Aurora Public Schools as well. Her daughter is very excited to be back in school with her friends and is thriving again now that she’s back to learning in person.

 

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