Our Team

Jaclyn Gorman
Scholar Support Coordinator

Jaclyn graduated from the honors college at Arizona State University with bachelors degrees in Psychology and Family/Human Development. She joined Teach For America in 2011 and began teaching Special Education in Denver that same year. In 2014, she graduated from University of Colorado Denver with a Masters in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. She loves working with students, and their families, to support them as they become amazing human beings both inside and outside the classroom. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys reading young adult fiction, lounging with her dog Rusty, and eating dessert before dinner.

Dominic Hernandez
Manager of Facility & Nutrition

Dominic is a Colorado Native.  He’s worked in the non-profit sector for the past 17 years in both Colorado and Washington D.C. and is committed to helping children thrive.

Jon Hanover
Executive Director

Jon Hanover led the successful application of Roots Elementary to the Denver Public School Board where it received unanimous approval. He has led the organization through its early development and is the Executive Director and Principal of the school. Before launching Roots, Jon was a Founding Kindergarten Teacher, Grade Level Chair and member of the school leadership team at Rocky Mountain Prep (RMP). As a teacher, his students demonstrated over 2 years of growth in both math and reading on the nationally-normed NWEA MAP. Prior to joining the faculty at RMP, Jon worked on the investment team at the Charter School Growth Fund where he worked closely with the leaders of the most successful and innovative charter school networks in the county. Over 90% of students at these schools matriculate directly to colleges and universities, and most are the first generation in their family to do so. Jon was responsible for advising the founders and CEOs of these organizations on a wide array of strategic issues. He also evaluated new school models, recommended investments and managed a portion of the Fund’s portfolio of schools. Jon began his career at Bain & Company where he advised clients on strategy, management and operations. While at Bain he worked pro bono with the founder of Rowe Elementary during her planning year, managing financial forecasts, aligning the curriculum with state standards, designing the assessment and data-driven instruction cycle for the school, creating an onboarding plan for staff and contributing heavily to the successful launch of a high-performing K-8 charter school on Chicago’s west side. Jon graduated with honors from Harvard University.


Kathryn is an alum of DePauw University where she majored in Psychology and Art History. After graduation, Teach For America led her to Houston, Texas where she taught first grade for two years. Returning to her hometown of Chicago, Kathryn joined the team at Rowe Elementary School, teaching first grade and third grade, before leading the academic program as the Dean of Academics for grades 3-5. Kathryn holds a Masters of Education in Teaching from Dominican University and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Columbia University in the City of New York. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors. Feel free to reach her any time at kathryn@rootselementary.org.

Carla Mejia
Manager of Community Engagement

Carla joins us from the Colorado Eastern plains. She grew up in Fort Morgan, and later moved to Greeley, where she attended the University of Northern Colorado. There she worked towards getting her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Biology and Spanish. While at UNC, she discovered her passion for education and worked extensively with the office of admission in order to ensure that students of all backgrounds had an opportunity to apply to the university and be aware that there were many support systems in place, to help them obtain their dreams. Carla is thrilled to be a part of the Roots team and is ready to serve the Northeast Park Hill community.

Heidi Lang
Habits of Success Dean

Heidi was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After traveling the world on Semester at Sea ’06, she knew I wanted to work with children. Heidi believes all children deserve a chance to embrace their innocence and their curiosities while being provided with the opportunities to learn real life skills, build their character and become lifelong learners. Her first teaching experience was in Tanzania where she volunteered at an orphanage set deep in the Eastern African village of Tengeru. Since then she taught Kindergarten in Thornton, CO, 2nd grade for four years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was a Math content teacher for 2nd/3rd grade within DPS. She’s so happy to be back in Colorado and in my free time I love to run, read, take photos, golf, hike, snowboard, travel and spend time with her family and friends. She is thrilled to be a part of the innovative Roots team and so excited to support the successes of our students and families. Heidi has a B.A. in Psychology from CU Boulder and I a teaching degree from CU Denver. She is enrolled in a master’s program in Educational Leadership through an online program at the University of New England.

Josh Scott
Chief of Staff

Josh is the Founder & COO of Craftsy, where he is focused on expanding access to education for passionate creative enthusiasts.  At Craftsy, Josh has led the Product, Marketing, Business Development and Customer Support teams through a period of rapid growth. Prior to Craftsy, Josh led Product and Marketing teams at ServiceMagic and a number of venture-funded start-ups.  Earlier in his career, Josh was a Category Manager at eBay and an Associate Consultant at Bain & Co.  Josh has an undergraduate degree in business from University of Michigan and an MBA from University of California-Berkeley.