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Marilyn Denison


  • K-12 Schools
  • Planning
  • Senior Associate
Marilyn Denison
  • Senior Associate

As an educational planner, Marilyn bridges curriculum and facilities throughout the design process to ensure a holistic approach is delivered. She works directly with K-12 school districts across the country to lead planning efforts and visioning exercises that establish the client’s "why," or Guiding Purpose, followed by Guiding Principles to achieve that purpose.

“I am passionate about bringing innovative learning environments and engaging pedagogy together to enhance educator and student agency, flexibility, creativity, and connectedness.”

Marilyn brings a unique perspective to DLR Group, having served as an educator and district administrator for more than two decades. Her experience includes leading campus planning, professional learning, and developing curriculum for districts that serve 10,000 to 38,000 students. She has opened multiple campuses with innovative learning environments, and as a result she understands the value of building a team, creating a unique culture, and forming teacher mindsets to inspire new pedagogy to achieve desired results in newly constructed facilities. 

In her former role as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Coppell Independent School District, Marilyn championed the evolution of personalized learning. Her relationship with IBM and Apple helped Coppell become the first school district to use the Watson Element app and Enlight web-based tool for educators, which helps teachers develop personalized learning programs that cater to specific needs of individual learners to elevate student achievement.

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