Our team of Alternative Licensure Instructors (ALIs) and education professionals are ready to share their real experience and guide you towards your goal every step of the way.

Together we offer over 60 years of experience as professional learning leaders and educators and have built a learning community that mentors and empowers new teachers towards a successful teaching career built upon culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices.

McNitt, Sam

Sam McNitt

Senior Instructor
  • Extended Studies

Email Address:sam.mcnitt@ucdenver.edu

Prior to my work with the ASPIRE to Teach program, I spent my time teaching high school English in the Denver/Metro area. I am passionate about supporting teachers as they start their journey into this profession.

Areas of Expertise

  • Secondary English/Language Arts Instruction
  • Secondary Teacher Development
  • Critical Pedagogy

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Master's Degree - Curriculum & Instruction (UC-Denver, 2008)
  • Bachelor's Degree - Arts & Sciences (English Literature) (CU-Boulder, 2003)
  • Professional Teacher License (Secondary English/Language Arts)


ASPIRE has been so supportive through my whole first year of teaching. I have had so many questions and issues come up and I know I can count on my ASPIRE Instructors to be there. They are supportive and always make sure that they are there to answer all of my questions. - Kiwi , ASPIRE Candidate