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Board Member Profiles - Jane Goff

Jane Goff (D)

7th Congressional District, Arvada

Terms of Office: March 2008 – January 2015

7th Congressional District, Arvada.


Jane Goff, representing the 7th Congressional District, was elected to fill a vacancy in March 2008 and then elected to a six-year term in November of that year. She 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 her role as a State Board member, Jane currently serves as the Board’s liaison to the Gifted and Talented State Advisory Committee and the selection committees for Colorado's Teacher of the Year and the Milken Family Foundation Teaching Award. Since joining the State Board, she has also supported the work of the Colorado School Counselor Association, the State World Language Advisory Council, the Aurora Public Schools VISTA Peak P-20 Campus Advisory Council, the Adams County Education Consortium and the Jeffco Schools Strategic Planning Advisory Council.

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. In 2011, Jane was appointed as the State Board’s designee to Governor John Hickenlooper’s Education Leadership Council.

In January 2013, Jane began her term as President-elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and will serve as NASBE President in 2014. She has also been chosen to represent NASBE on the National Teachers Hall of Fame Inductees selection committee. Prior to her election as NASBE president-elect, Jane had served two terms on the NASBE Board of Directors, where she represented state board members in eleven Western Region states.

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, a graduate of Denver Public Schools, live in Arvada.

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

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