Professional Bio

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver, Denver, CA

M.A., Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

M.A., Education, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

B.A., Education; Minor in German Language and Literature, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO

Research & Scholarship

Research Intrest
Interdisciplinary and Experiential Environmental Regeneration
Justice-Oriented Farming
History and Practices of Schoolyard Greening
Community-Based Teaching and Learning


Armon, J., and Grassi, E.  2012. Developing Justice-Oriented Teachers: Reciprocal Mentoring in Marginalized Communities.  Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal 1 (2), October. http://jesuithighereducation.org/index.php/jhe/index.

Armon, J., Grassi, E., Barker, H., Cross, J., Nutting, K., and Dorman, E. 2012. Preparing Justice-oriented teachers through Relationships. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal 1 (1): 101-107. http://jesuithighereducation.org/index.php/jhe/index

Armon, J.R. and Ortega, A. 2010. Alternative Assessment of Students’ Literacy Progress In E. Grassi and H.B. Barker. Teaching and Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students K-12 with Exceptionalities. Weblink 15.2 www.sagepub.com/grassi. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Armon, J.R., Uhrmacher, P.B., and Ortega, A. (2009) The significance of self-portraits: Making connections through monotype prints in Letras y Arte. Art Education, 12-18.

Awards & Recognition

Appointment by Colorado Lt. Governor, Joseph Garcia, to the Colorado Farm to School Task Force, Colorado University Representative.  2011 – present.

SPARC Grant, Letras y Arte research with Lyndsey Newlin. 2007-2008.

Service Award, Bridger Program, Northwest Denver, Colorado. Winter and Spring, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.

Mary McKinney Ware Dissertation Award, University of Denver; Phi Delta Kappa Dissertation of the Year Award, 1997.

Ph.D. Fellowship, Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Denver, 1992-1997.

Outstanding Service Award, The Children’s Center, Denver, Colorado, 1994.

Graduate Fellowship, Teaching and Research Assistant, Stanford University, 1986-1988.

Center of Excellence in English Language Arts Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, The Integrated Curriculum, Eagle Valley School District, Eagle, Colorado, 1985 and 1986