Board of Directors
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: 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: Being a special education teacher at Aspen Academy, I serve to represent the special education community and ensure our community has a voice in making educational and administrative decisions. I serve to create a stronger tie between the school board, parents, community, and the special education department along with improving the quality of our department and school system as a whole. I want to voice and create educational opportunities and options for teachers, students, community members, and parents to enjoy and participate in. I want to be a voice to work with parents, administration and members of the community to improve student achievement efficiently and effectively. I want to make sure Aspen Academy is accountable for their performance and student’s get the best education possible.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: My vision for Aspen Academy is to meet its strategic goals set forth by the mission, vision statement, and annual report by implementing and involving the THINK model. The Aspen school board will ensure all members, teachers, employees and community are working towards the same goals for our school environment with determination, perseverance, honesty, and with high expectations. This will be accomplished through their vision, structure, accountability, advocacy, ethics, and conduct. I want Aspen Academy to be the best school it can be.
Why I Serve: As a founding parent and board member of Aspen Academy, I have been involved with Aspen Academy since before its inception in 2008. I have seen Aspen grow from merely an idea to a thriving, high-performing charter school, which has served thousands of students in our community. I joined the Aspen staff as a teacher in 2020. As a teacher board member, I want to ensure that our students’ academic, social, and emotional needs continue to be met through curriculum and policy decisions made by the board. Moreover, I want to represent my teacher colleagues through my voice on the board.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: My vision for Aspen Academy is that we continue to offer an academically rigorous curriculum and an inclusive welcoming environment to all students and families. Additionally our governance decisions will be made in an apolitical and fiscally responsible manner that serves the greater good of all stakeholders.
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 parent, I value the educational experience my daughter is provided in Aspen and I want to be a part of that experience through serving Aspen Academy. I would like to be an active participant in my daughter’s education and serving on a Board of Directors gives me a great opportunity to make a difference and provide input to maintain high academic standards of Aspen Academy. Education is an important foundation for a child in life and being part of it is an incredible and enriching experience. Serving the community and students of Aspen Academy is an honor and I am grateful for this opportunity.
My vision for Aspen Academy: To provide an exceptional education for students rooted in values, excellence and hard work. A place where everyone’s voice and opinion is heard and valued. I would like to see Aspen maintaining its high level of educational excellence and teaching students to be independent thinkers, who respect others, while being able to make sound moral and life decisions.
Why I Serve: I am passionate about education and the role it plays in our community. It’s important to me that all kids have opportunities to learn in ways that are tailored to how they learn best. Today’s students are our future workforce, and I want to be part of ensuring multiple pathways from school to jobs are accessible to everyone.
My Vision for Aspen Academy: I’d like to see Aspen Academy continue to be a strong education option for all students in our community, offering a welcoming environment and robust curriculum preparing each student with the knowledge and skills needed for future success.