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Administrative Team

Marti Champion

Head of Middle School

Ms. Champion is responsible for creating a safe space for middle school students to explore their interests, develop their talents and begin the journey of who they are to become. She is a former middle school English teacher who transitioned into administration to better impact character development. Ask about her favorite board game!

Favorite Interaction with Students
I love playing with students - board games, four-square at recess and working on puzzles.

Most Inspiring Graland Program
I look forward to graduation because I know we are sending out students who are kind, compassionate and thoughtful people and who will make a positive contribution to their high schools and communities.

Favorite Graland Moment
I am lucky because my favorite Graland moment happens on a daily basis. As someone who resides in the Middle School, I love to get out and see Pre-K and Kindergartners explore new things and demonstrate a love for learning.

Graland Trip I Love
I was most impacted on the eighth grade Civil Rights trip, especially crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge in the rain with students.

Lifelong Learner
I accept every day as a growth opportunity where I am open to learning from students and colleagues alike. If I spend enough time listening and engaging, I am bound to learn something. My goal is to promote that love of learning for everyone in the Graland community.

Why I Work at Graland
My favorite thing about working at Graland is the students.

Outside Graland I’m ...
... with my family, on the tennis court or behind a good book.

Life Goal
To drive cross country in an RV

Fun Fact
I grew up playing the cello and was a music minor in college.

Favorite Childhood Memory
Long summer nights playing kick the can with neighborhood friends

Other than Graland, I Support
CIRCLE/STAMP, Women's Foundation of Colorado

Joined Graland in
2017

Hometown
Denver, Colorado

Education
BA from Bowdoin College
MA from University of Colorado, Denver 

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.