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Board Member Profiles - Jane Goff

Jane Goff (D)

7th Congressional District, Arvada

Terms of Office: March 2008 – January 2021

7th Congressional District, Arvada.


Jane Goff, representing the 7th Congressional District, was first elected to the Board in 2008, and re-elected for a second term in 2014.

Jane is a Colorado native and both a graduate and retired employee of Jefferson County Public Schools, where she enjoyed a 34-year career as a classroom French and Spanish teacher and director of the district’s World Languages and International Student Exchange programs. Jane served as president of the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) from 1998-2000 and as vice-president of the Colorado Education Association (CEA) from 2000-2006. Prior to joining the State Board, Jane worked as a legislative aide for the Colorado House of Representatives. 

During her years as a Jeffco teacher and leader, Jane coordinated the district’s first Teacher Performance Pay pilots and helped to design the Links for Learning program, a teacher-employer partnership between the Jeffco Schools and the West Chamber of Commerce. She was the first teacher graduate of Leadership Jefferson County and she served four years as Vice President for Education on the Jefferson Symphony Board of Directors. Jane remains regularly involved in the Jeffco community, experience that proved extremely valuable following the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. She was often consulted on matters related to school safety and crisis response, presenting the teacher perspective to a variety of local, state and national audiences.

In 2010, Jane received the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers Friend of Foreign Languages Award and was selected for the 3rd annual U.S. Educators Tour of Japan, sponsored by the Japan Foundation of the United States.

Jane currently represents the State Board on Gov. Hickenlooper’s Education Leadership Council and she is the Board’s designated Democratic legislative contact. She is also the liaison to the State Advisory Committee on Gifted Education, and member of the selection committees for Colorado's Teacher of the Year and Milken Family Foundation Teaching Award. Jane is regularly involved in supporting the work of the Colorado School Counselor Association, the Adams County Education Consortium and the Jeffco Schools Strategic Planning Advisory Council.

Jane recently completed her term as President of the National Association of State Boards of Education, but remains a member of the NASBE leadership team as Immediate Past President. Prior to election to the presidency, Jane had served a total of four years as NASBE's Western Region Director and President-elect.  

Jane earned her degree in Modern Language Education at Colorado State University and graduate hours in school administration and counseling at the University of Colorado. 

Jane and her husband Harry, also a Colorado native and a graduate of Denver Public Schools, live in Arvada.

For additional information, e-mail: state.board@cde.state.co.us.

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