Keith Roybal

Social Studies Teacher




Rm 231

Dear Students, Parents, and fellow JFK community members,

Welcome to John F. Kennedy High School! My name is Keith Roybal. My last name is spelled R-O-Y-B-A-L, and pronounced “Roy-ball.” For some unknown reason, my ancestors only spelled my last name with one “L.” Go figure. Nonetheless, I would like you to address me as “Mr. Roybal,” please. Of course, some students call me “Mister” or “Mister R” or “Roybal,” and I am comfortable with those nicknames too. Thank you for respecting me and calling me the appropriate name; I will show you the same respect and address you with the name you prefer.

I am looking forward to being your Social Studies teacher this year. You might be asking the question, “who is this teacher and should I trust him?” Let me put your mind at ease. I have over 20 years of teaching experience in the Denver Public Schools (DPS), and I have taught many different subjects and age groups. I look forward to teaching you this school year. Please know that I value you, respect you, and support you. As a matter of fact, I attended JFK myself as a student, and I graduated in 1991 (please hold your jokes about my old age until we get to know one another better). I remember very distinctly the challenges of being a high school student, so I want to be your advocate, as well as a teacher, thought partner, and support person. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you navigate the world of high school.

When I am not working with all of my wonderful students, I enjoy the outdoors, reading, and hanging out with friends and family. I have a wife, one son who is a Firefighter on Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, and 3 beautiful grandchildren (remember, no jokes about me being an old grandpa, okay? At least not yet). I feel so lucky that I get to visit them often and enjoy their company.

In conclusion, together, you and I are going to have a great educational experience this semester and school year. We will certainly study Social Studies content, and additionally, I will support you with any life skills that empower you to be the best person you can be.

Again, welcome to JFK!

Mr. Keith Roybal