Grace (Graciela) Ayala

Office Manager


School Leader & Office Staff

Grace “Graciela” Ayala is the Office Manager at McKinley-Thatcher; this is her first year. Grace is a Denver, CO native and a DPS alum. She grew up in West Denver with her mom, two sisters, one of whom is her twin, and a younger brother. She and her twin sister are the oldest. She has been married to her highschool sweetheart, Antonio for 29 years. She has three children, Antonio Jr. (Jacqueline), Yulissa and Giselle and has four grandchildren, Khelanii, Alaiia, Noah and Xiia.

Grace loves to work at McT because she felt happy walking through the doors for the first time and instantly felt like it was a perfect fit. She also loves working with children and has been part of the southeast Denver community most of her work life. She mostly loves the diversity and the family feel of a small school. Before working here, she worked at South High School as their Office Support II in the Counseling Office and has 20 years experience overall in DPS.

Some of Grace’s favorite things include taking walks around her neighborhood and local parks. She enjoys photography and has a small side business capturing photos of families. When she is not at school she loves spending time with her husband, her children, grandchildren, and exploring beautiful Colorado.