Shane Turpen

Dean of Culture


O: 720-424-4029 C: 720-483-7605

I’m Shane (Mr. T), and this is my first year as the Dean of Culture as Smith Elementary. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this community, and to serve your students! I fully embody the district’s core value of Every Child Succeeds, and believe that every student deserves the right to an equitable educational experience. For me, that starts with us, the adults, as we provide students with a safe and respectful learning environment.

I started my career in Denver 5 years ago, after I moved out here from Illinois. I received both my bachelors and masters degrees from Illinois State University, and originally taught physical education in DPS. In my spare time, I LOVE attending live music events, playing golf, and rooting for Chicago sports teams. Please stop in and see me any time, or email me with any concerns, suggestions, or wonderings you may have! I’m here to serve you!