Grit is a distinct combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals even in the face of discomfort, rejection, and a lack of visible progress for years, or even decades.​

​ -Angela Duckworth


Denver Cook

Denver Cook will bring his cross-sector experience to the School Board through his background in military intelligence, private business and law enforcement.

A U.S. Air Force veteran with seven years of service, his assignments included Central Command J2 Intelligence Staff during Desert Storm and as a founding member of the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific. After his service, Cook worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of large-scale commercial construction roles, including project manager for government contracts with NASA, the U.S. Army Corps and Naval Facilities. He also worked as a residential general contractor.

Prior to moving to St. Johns County in 2012, Cook worked as a corrections officer in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and was a member of the Security Threat Group Intelligence Unit. Cook has been involved in a variety of initiatives in St. Johns County. He is currently chairman of the PACT Prevention Coalition, was past vice chair of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, and served on the PTO/SAC and safety committee at PVPV-Rawlings Elementary and PTO/SAC at Ocean Palms Elementary.

Cook resides in Nocatee with his wife Michelle and their two daughters who attend St. Johns County schools.