Thomas Jefferson

High School | Home of the Spartans

Paula Hammel
Assistant Principal




I am a Colorado native who loves traveling. I have had a plethora of jobs over the years (911 dispatching, working as an EMT, and a mail carrier), however, I finally settled on teaching when I lived and taught for a year in Bulgaria of all places. I received my Bachelor’s from Metro State, and completed the Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Colorado at Denver. I have taught special education, English, and some math in everything from parochial to residential settings. When I transferred to Denver Public Schools, I organized a program called the TRAN Program, which was for students transitioning back into the district from residential settings. I then moved to the Denver Online High School to teach and do administrative work. I am now proud to be a part of the Spartan team here at TJ! I look forward to continuing the work that was set out last year.