Joel Hoffman

Educational Counselor

720.423.2470

joel_hoffman@dpsk12.org

How many years have you worked in education or direct service?

0-3

When did you join Denver Kids?

August 2015

What age group(s) do you serve?

Middle School, High School

What do you enjoy most about working with the students you serve?

I enjoy the different personalities of the students that I serve and am overjoyed at the opportunity to build relationships with them. These young men are so full of life and curious about the world around them. I am deeply privileged to be a part of their lives and to be able to help them on their life’s journey.

Describe a student outcome or success that you are most proud of.

I made a deal with two brothers that I work with who are struggling with their academics. If these young men were able to bring their grades up to passing in every single one of their classes, the three of us would get lunch together. In order to accomplish this, they kept on one another and made sure that they were both turning in their work and regularly attending their classes. By the end of the semester, I am proud to say that they both passed all of their classes, and we were able to celebrate over burritos at Chipotle.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out alive. This is a reminder to me that life is fun. This line of work can be very difficult at times, and it is important to remember to stop and laugh once in awhile.