Please see Parent Board Member bios below. The following parents have stepped up to show their interest in becoming board members beginning in the 2016-17 school year. They will have a moment to introduce themselves during our council this coming Thursday and parents will vote during our May council.
I am Jill Siegel-Stone, a co-parent with my husband Jerome to our only child, Noah who’s a fifth grader in Rachel’s class. I probably echo the gratitude that most families feel for our experience here at horizons. I feel so fortunate that our charter, offers a unique and valuable style of teaching and learning with a progressive and heart centered approach, which impacts our children as they transition through all the traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities held within a safe social-emotional environment.
As a parent, who is elated by my son’s growth as a well-rounded human-being, I’m interested in participating in how our school works more deeply. That is why I would like to volunteer to be a parent board member. I wish to offer my reflective intuitive nature to the nitty gritty of how things work and help our school continue on the path that supports all of our kiddos.
My experience over the last 21 years has been to build a successful private practice as a massage and somatic therapist, originally in Portland, Maine and in the last 8 years here in Boulder. I focus on assisting people through physical as well as emotional transitions utilizing many different massage, energy and talk therapies.
My prior career was as a job coach in NYC, helping people who were returning to the job market from other professions, parenting, and from the criminal justice system.
I have been interested for some time in the idea of serving the students, faculty and Horizons Community as a member of the board. Having served as a city manager, a vice chancellor at CU Boulder, and also as the CEO of Western Disposal, I feel that i have the professional experience to bring to the issues that we will face. Additionally, I have served and have chaired Impact on Education (the BVSD Foundation), Via Mobility Services, Foothills United Way, and was a founding board member of the Innovation Center of the Rockies—I understand policy governance, fundraising, and the challenges that non-for-profit entities face.
Aside from the experiences, I wanted to wait for a few years before I applied for this important role—I wanted to have a deeper understanding of the ways in which Horizons works, and the interactions between parents, students and faculty. I do now believe that I have a far better appreciation for this wonderful school, and the people who are committed to our kids, as well as the talents, opportunities and challenges that our students have and will face.
I would be deeply honored to be considered to serve.
I would be honored to serve our school community as a member on the Horizons K-8 Board. Our school is an inspiring, nurturing environment for children to learn, thrive, and grow as unique individuals. The strong relationships between students, teachers, and staff stands out to me at our school. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and senior research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am involved in community-based research focusing on comprehensive approaches to creating positive, safe school environments and connecting children and families with supports they need in their communities. We aim to promote children’s prosocial development and reduce problem behaviors and violence through creating an attuned and responsive community where youth feel supported to thrive personally, socially, and academically. I am a child and family trauma specialist, and as such train and support clinical professionals across the state, nationally and internationally in learning effective family treatments for childhood traumatic stress. I am also a co-developer of a family program called Let’s Connect that focuses on building parent’s and children’s socioemotional skills and enhancing their relationships through teaching families emotion-focused communication skills. This integrates SEL, mindfulness and self-care strategies to promote resiliency and health. This program is also used with teachers and school staff. I have experience with evaluation and grant writing and have served on other professional boards, most recently the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. I have co-chaired community efforts, such as the Colorado Implementation Collaborative. Thank you for considering me as a potential Board member.
Warmly, Monica Fitzgerald
A huge debt of gratitude goes out to our three outgoing board members:
Their service to our board over the past three years has been exceptional and has made a lasting difference for us all.
Remaining on our board are:
Andrea Foote, Co-Chair, Treasurer
Shannon Hassan, Secretary
Anne Hudson, Development Committee Chair