Board of Directors
Why I Serve: As a founder of Aspen, it is a pleasure to remain involved in a place I helped create. I want to work with the Aspen Academy board and administrative team to help ensure that the school stays true to its unique mission and vision to provide a stellar academic program for all its students.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: To provide a welcoming place with high expectations for all our students, staff, board members, and community stakeholders while offering an innovative Core Knowledge-based curriculum that prepares our students for life-long achievement.
Why I Serve: We have been an Aspen family since 2009 when we moved to Prior Lake from Texas. Both our daughters have attended the school since Kindergarten and our son will start Aspen in the fall of 2017. We have seen our children thrive in the environment Aspen has built and I believe it is our responsibility to help strengthen the school to give other children in the community the opportunity to meet their educational goals.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: Since its inception, Aspen has provided a strong curriculum and an environment that affords its students the opportunity for personal interactions with its faculty and staff. The decisions and focus should continue to center on providing its students with the opportunity to grow both individually and academically.
Why I Serve: Aspen Academy has created a solid educational foundation, curriculum, and culture that we as family deeply appreciate and support. My family is rooted with two generations of educational providers which has created my passion for continuing to support educational public service. My children will be part of the Aspen family for the next decade and I am dedicating my time to ensure the continued success of Aspen’s mission and vision.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: To ensure that Aspen Academy will continue to demonstrate excellence in the core functions of intellectual, creative, and social development for our students so that they can have the foundation for future academic and social success.
Why I Serve: I am deeply committed to Aspen and want to contribute further to the advancement of our school. When I invest in a community, I like to serve and understand it fully.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: My vision for Aspen is to continue to provide rigorous education that emphasizes personal responsibility. I want to be sure that Aspen remains a school of excellence while also maintaining our community feel.
Why I Serve: Aspen Academy offered my two older children a high value education and set them up to succeed for their future. They had a wonderful experience at Aspen from grades 1-5 and my wish is for this program to continue to grow and develop students for many years to come. I also hope to bring a strong and positive voice to the school from the parents in our great community.
My vision for Aspen Academy: To continue to be on the cutting-edge for rigorous academic programming, while developing stronger parent and community involvement. It is my desire that we teach our children to be strong, confident, and capable students upon their departure from Aspen Academy.
Why I Serve: Having lived and worked in the US, Canada, and the UK, and having had a diverse, international, educational upbringing, I wanted to bring a different point of view to the board. My family in the UK has been a family of teachers and public servants. I want to be an active voice for all parents, children, and teachers, and challenge the status quo where possible.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: To always continue what works and change what doesn’t. To have uncomfortable conversations that can bring evolution. Aspen is different. Proudly so. It should continue pushing boundaries and strive to maintain its unique identity.
Why I Serve: I have been a part of Aspen Academy since its infancy, when it was just an application to the Minnesota Department of Education. It has been more than a decade since then and it amazes me to see how Aspen has grown from a K-3 school to a K-8 and serving 550 students. I continue to volunteer my time as a charter school board member to ensure Aspen follows its mission and vision statements in the best interest of our students and that it continues to be a sought-after school in the community.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: To continue to provide students with a rigorous curriculum that prepares them for their future educational opportunities and to remain fiscally healthy.
Why I Serve: As a special education teacher, I can see firsthand every day how important it is for scholars to feel understood and accepted. I try to create an environment in my classroom that makes scholars feel safe to be their authentic selves. I want the scholars to be themselves without repercussions. I also set high expectations for my scholars and hold them accountable. However, I do it in a way where they feel it is achievalbe. As a board member, I want to be able to find ways that all of our Aspen Academy scholars feel this way.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: is that we continue to assist in making sure to foster relationships with those that can continue to build a strong school community. I want Aspen Academy to reach out to diverse groups to ensure that we are not only meeting our scholars’ academic needs but their cultural needs as well.
Friends of Aspen Academy
Rachel Mong, President
Jeff Reistad, Treasurer
Jeff Roark, Secretary