Horizons Board Candidates for 2019-2021

As we continue to receive bios from those interested in serving on the board, an updated list of candidates will run here. We will have three seats open for a two-year term, and one seat open for a one-year term. Thank you to candidates Geary, Paul, Alex and Tyler for your interest in our two-year seats. Please see Tyler’s community letter below, and our previously published letters from Geary, Paul, and Alex. We will continue to accept bios and candidates until our May council meeting.

My name is Tyler Currie.  I’m honored to be considered for a position on the Horizons Board.

Next year I will have two children at Horizons.  Amelia will be a 2nd grader, and Clara will be in kindergarten.

This year I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering regularly in Aubrey and Lisa’s classroom, where Amelia is a student.  I’m there on most Wednesday mornings for the writing hour.  A small moment recently clarified my view of Horizon’s excellence.  I had arrived early and watched as the 1st and 2nd graders returned to the classroom from the playground.  Their faces were still flushed from recess, and yet the children moved quietly into small groups to begin work, almost without direction from a teacher.  I moved around the room and listened to their hushed conversations.  Every student—I mean every single one—was engaged.

It struck me as a small miracle.  I used to be an elementary teacher.  Fourth grade for two years.  Literacy support for one.  Later I worked as a journalist who often wrote about education and spent lots of time in different schools.  I know how hard it is to transition young children from recess to school work.  I know what a well-run classroom looks like.  What I saw that day was the telltale of a master teacher, and I felt so utterly grateful.  But grateful not simply for this one gem of a moment: grateful that such moments are commonplace at Horizons.

This gratitude is why I’m presenting myself for a board position.  The faculty and school have given—will give—so much to my children and family.  I hope that I can offer a bit in return.

I’ve served on three boards.  The first was as president of a condominium association.  I learned why not to pay a roofing contractor prior to the first rainstorm, but I also learned about bringing angry neighbors together.

I have served for many years on the board of a small private for-profit corporation based in my hometown (Erie, PA).  Our function is picking good leaders and handing them our full trust—then we hold these leaders accountable for performing.

Until recently I served as board president at a non-profit preschool in Boulder.  In this capacity I did a bit of fund raising, strategic planning, and budgeting.

For a living I run a small two-employee internet company.  For fun I play outside, practice piano, and read books.

Thank you for your vote.  I welcome this opportunity to serve.

Hello Horizons Community,

My name is Geary Layne. Our family currently has two students at Horizon, a first and a second grader. Next year, my older two children will be returning to Horizons, as a fifth and a sixth grader.  My job allowed me to telework while our family took a partial year to travel. The hardest part of our decision to travel was giving up our spots at Horizons and we are so glad that all our children will be back next year.

I have a Bachelor’s in Applied Math and Master’s in Computer Science. I am employed by CU and work for/at NOAA. Mostly my job entails analyzing National Weather Service forecasts, primarily for use by the FAA, as well as developing Decision Support Tools to aid in the management of air traffic.  None of which make me qualified to serve on Horizons’ School Board.

I feel passionate about the importance of a positive educational experience for every child. I’m truly thankful that we found the Horizons community that cares so much to nurture each child as individuals and strives to support their growth into socially aware well round adults. I have been interested in serving the school and community for years, our first child started in 2013, but felt unqualified. To better understand the school, its’ past and its’direction forward, I have attended approximately two years’ worth of board meetings, including almost all this year. It is this experience that I believe is most valuable. I am currently working on the bylaws committee and am familiar with much of the charter renewal work. I would be honored be a board member. Like others, we are working on summer plans and there is a chance that I will be away for June and half of July. If away I’ll be ready to continue the challenging and rewarding work of the board when we return.

Thank you for your consideration.

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My name is Alex Osias. My wife, Tiffany, and I have 2 children at Horizons. Our son is in 2nd grade and our daughter is in 4th. I moved to Colorado mostly to ski, however, I also managed to graduate from the University of Colorado with a degree in psychology. Four years later I went right into the University of Denver Master’s of Social Work Program. After 10 years in the field as a licensed social worker I took a sabbatical to raise our children. I have spent the last decade chasing children around, volunteering and fundraising for programs for children with diabetes, and starting my own consultative practice. I have been attending council and board meetings all year. Those meetings have been educational and enlightening and have inspired me to get engaged even further. I would really like to do all that I can to preserve our mission, engage with the parent community and aid our faculty and administrators in renewing our charter.

Thank you for your consideration,
Alex

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Paul Ramer
I have a 7th grader and a 4th grader at Horizons this year.   My son Cole started at Horizons in kindergarten so we have been a part of this community for quite some time.  Both boys have thrived at Horizons and I want to be a part of not only their continued learning experience, but also help create a great environment for students in the years to come.  This is an important time for us as a school due to the charter renewal process among other changes.
Horizons K-8 is the type of school that I wish I had been able to attend as a kid myself.   For instance, I didn’t discover mind maps until college, but at Horizons my son Caleb started using them in 2nd grade.
I value the environment that Horizons has to offer.  And I would like to be a part of continuing that legacy by being a board member.

 

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