Kimberly Grayson - Principal

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”

~Erma Bombeck

The quote above exemplifies my personal philosophy of teaching. I firmly believe that each day I walk into my office, it is my utmost priority to use every bit of talent, skill, knowledge, and resource available to instill self-confidence in my students and adults, remain relentless in helping them succeed, and to endorse and promote the value of professional collaboration and effective leadership.

As a child, I can vividly recall my parents emphasizing the importance of thriving in school. When I would finish my homework assignments, my father would encourage me to preview the next chapter of my textbooks. My mother always kept practice workbooks, one grade level above my level, at home for me to work on after I’d finish my homework assignments and on lazy weekends. My parents had high expectations for me, and they were willing to do anything they could to help me rise to their expectations. They praised my accomplishments and pushed me further along. Through all of this, I achieved self-confidence and the awareness that I could do anything I tried hard enough to do.

My name is Kimberly Grayson and I am honored and privileged to be the principal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College. I graduated from high school as a junior in May 1993 and immediately began taking college courses that summer. I graduated from Newman University in Feb of 1997 with my bachelor’s degree.  I began my teaching career in August 1997 as a 4th grade teacher at Ingalls Edison School. As a classroom teacher, I taught 4th and 5th grade at the elementary level and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at the middle school level. I have also served as a curriculum coordinator for Edison Schools Inc. From 2003- 2005, I took a position as an Educational Consultant for Edison Alliance and relocated to Charleston, South Carolina. During this time I supervised two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school in the area of student achievement, learning environment, and language arts. At the conclusion of the 2004-2005 school year, I moved back home to Wichita, Kansas to serve as a Dean of Instruction for a middle school for one year. Following that year, I began my principalship. I have served as an Assistant Principal for one year and this school year marks my 7th year as a Building Principal.

I am a proud mother of a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College high school student and a daughter who attends Omar D. Blair.

It is vital for students at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College to know they can succeed. Our students and I am confident that together we can create a positive learning environment for all of our students.

Jacquelyn (Jacque) Scales-Assistant Principal/Pathways Coordinator

My name is Jacquelyn Scales and I am currently an Assistant Principal of Pathways at Martin Luther King, Jr., Early College in Denver Public Schools. I have been in education for over 13 years after practicing as a Civil Engineering Technician for the Army Corp of Engineers and both the Virginia and Louisiana Departments of Transportation.

My background in industry compelled me to work with underrepresented groups as a mentor and has provided me with the opportunity to advocate the role of rigor in Career and Technology Education programs using Project Lead the Way as a curriculum model. I have taught at Mountlake Terrace High School in Edmonds, WA where I received coach of the year and North Forney High School in Forney, TX where I was awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year. I received a bachelor of science degree from Tarleton State University – Central Texas and a Master’s of Science degree from Virginia State University. I completed by administration credentials from Texas A & M University – Commerce. I enjoy spending quality time with my family, reading, and traveling.

Lynette (Nettie) Welk- Assistant Principal

My name is Lynette Welk, and I am from Boulder, Colorado. I graduated from Boston University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I moved backed to Colorado in 2005 and worked in research at the University of Colorado. In 2008, I decided I wanted to become a teacher and changed professions. I joined Teach for America and began my teaching career at Martin Luther King Jr. Early College teaching 6th and 7th grade science. As I was teaching, I pursued my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. In 2010 I became a part-time teacher, part-time teacher coach through the Collaborative Strategic Reading grant. In 2013 I took the position as Dean of Data and as of last year have been promoted to Assistant Principal.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love traveling with my husband to new and exciting places. When the weather is nice you can find me outside hiking or biking and enjoying the sunshine.

Rachael D. Amundson - Assistant Principal

My name is Rachael D. Amundson, and I am from Onalaska, Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire with a Bachelors degree in Secondary English Education. I moved out to Colorado in 2005 and started my teaching career at East Middle School in Aurora. I taught 6-8th grade Language Arts and became an in-house literacy coach. It is here that I received an award for “Exceptional Classroom” from the Superintendent. After 5 years at East, and receiving my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, I moved to Monte Vista Colorado where I taught 9th grade Language Arts and lead Student Council. I also facilitated district professional developments around Readers / Writers Workshop. I then moved to Buffalo, NY where I taught 9th grade English at Oracle Charter School. In 2010, I started teaching at Martin Luther King Jr. Early College. I taught 6th Grade Language Arts for 2 year and started literacy / data coaching in 2013.  I took on the position as Dean of Instruction and in 2015 was promoted to Assistant Principal.

I love taking road trips with my parents and our pups. We often go to Canada to visit my mom’s side of the family. I enjoy snowboarding, playing the piano, and live music.

James Trainer - Assistant Principal
My name is Jim Trainer, and I am from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia). My alma mater is Lafayette College, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduation, I thought that I wanted to become a marine biologist, so I moved to Oregon. At University of Oregon, I learned too much about barnacles and I figured out that I love to teach! I joined Teach For America and I was assigned to teach middle school science at a school on the island of Oahu. After three years there I was ready for a change, so I moved to Denver, taking a position as part of the founding staff at DSST: Green Valley Ranch MS. I joined the DMLK team a few years later, teaching high school Biology. It broke my heart to leave DMLK last school year so that I could serve as Dean of Instruction at nearby Vista Academy and Legacy Options High school and to complete the Ritchie Program for school leaders at University of Denver. I was overjoyed to rejoin the team here in the spring as an Assistant Principal! When I’m not at DMLK, I like to cook, read books, and go to the Denver Zoo with my daughter, Katie Rose.