John F. Kennedy High School
Future Center: Room 305
Advisor: Molly Gallegos
Molly Gallegos is the College Advisor for the John F. Kennedy High School Future Center in room 305. As a College Advisor Molly provides support to JFK’s Senior class in their journey to higher education. Molly focuses on students looking for a 2 or 4 year degree but is there to help any student who needs it. To Molly support looks like anything from editing personal statements to baking cookies for stressed out students. Molly loves the way her job allows her to engage and learn from her Senior students.
Molly has always been driven by passion for social justice and began her career as a community organizer in West Denver. While working toward her Masters in Social Sciences and Women and Gender Studies Molly realized she wanted to take what she had learned as an organizer and use it to work with students. She worked at GOAL Academy, an on-line alternative high school for high risk students. While there she built deep relationships with her students and still holds them close today. After Goal Academy Molly worked at CU Denver’s Pre-Collegiate Health Careers Program, empowering underrepresented students to reach for their dreams in the medical field. Molly is committed to being a resource for DACA students and takes advantage of every opportunity to learn about more ways to help DACA/undocumented students. Molly also staffs DSF’s Government Advocacy Committee.
Advisor: Hong Nguyen
Hong Nguyen is the Career and Technical Assistant Advisor at John F. Kennedy High School. She recruits and advises seniors who are interested in alternative pathways than the traditional four-year college degree. She also coordinates career exploration opportunities to help broaden seniors’ understanding of careers in high demand fields.
Hong is a proud Denver native and graduate from Denver Center for International Studies High School. She became a Gates Millennium Scholar and went on to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Social Relations at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During college, she developed a deep interest in serving first generation and low income students.
As a result, Hong became a Teach For America Corps Member after graduation. She was ecstatic to return to Denver where she taught for three years as a middle and high school teacher in the Far Northeast and in Southwest Denver. Her students received the highest growth in math and science during all three years. Hong’s favorite part about working for the Denver Scholarship Foundation is that she gets to continue serving her community, being able to watch the students grow and being a part of their successes.