Beacon Network Executive Principal Alex Magaña has a proven track record of increasing academic achievement in DPS schools serving high poverty/high minority populations. Magaña graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. While quite successful in the accounting field, Magaña always felt a strong desire to give back to education what education has given him: success. After teaching in Florida he moved to Denver, where he worked as a math teacher. Shortly thereafter, he obtained his Masters Degree from the University of Denver and continued to advance professionally becoming a math coach, an assistant principal, and ultimately, a principal. Over the years that Magaña has guided GBMS, the school has been nationally recognized for its Innovative practices and boasts one of the highest academic growth rates of all middle schools in the district.