For the last few weeks, Skylines has posted the following:
Three parent board director seats are opening beginning next school year.
Must have been a Horizons parent for two years to be eligible
These are two-year terms
Board meets monthly August through June.
Please send John letter of interest to be posted in Skylines by April 10
Plan to introduce yourself in April 20th Council meeting
Voting is in May.
The following people have submitted their names and bios:
Hi families. I’m Julie Dye, mom to Ainsley in grade 4 and Brenna in grade 2, wife to David and “au pair lady” about town. I am submitting my name for the Horizons School Board.
For the past 3 years, I’ve worked on the Horizons development committee, helping to simplify fundraising requests and create a consistent voice across Horizons communications. I’ve been an active parent in my daughters’ classrooms, served as a liaison and have organized larger school activities including Elizabeth’s quilts.
Here is a bit about me so you know I will serve the board and school well: For 7 years, I’ve worked with host families and au pairs in the area. I’m known for handling drama well, facilitating discussions with parties of different perspectives and backgrounds and being a voice of reason, calm and information. Prior to au pair life, I worked with local start ups, both internally and as a manager through the City of Boulder’s business incubator. I have assisted a number of Boulder brands in the natural and organic industry to grow and thrive. Our older daughter also attended a different BVSD school prior to Horizons, so I’ve got an outside perspective to offer our community.
As a daughter of educators, I value public education and have received my BA and MBA from public institutions. I believe Horizons has an opportunity to be a pioneering leader in child-directed, teacher-empowered progressive education and I aim to support our non-traditional school and its community in any way I can.
With gratitude & service,
My name is Liza McKenzie and I am a parent of three children who will be students at Horizons in the fall of 2017. Lauren will be going in to 6th grade, Kate into 4th and Cooper will be joining his sisters as a kindergartner. I believe having a child in each kindergarten, elementary and middle school will give me a unique view into the way Horizons helps our children to transition, both academically and emotionally, into young people about to leave the safety of our beloved K-8 and to enter the next chapter of their lives, high school.
For the past twelve years I’ve been lucky to stay home with my children and therefore, I do not have an impressive resumé. I do however, have a Resu-Mom of which I am very proud. I’ve written and published several children’s books, and I’ve worked for several years as a professional blogger for three different companies: Colorado-based company Thirsties Cloth Diapers, Pampers and a Health and Wellness website for which I wrote a blog called Rainbow and Hurricanes. For the first two companies I wrote about childbirth, parenting young children and “green” living and for the last company, I wrote about my experiences parenting girls with ADHD. As the mother of children who are “out-of the box” learners, as well as a child with an IEP for dyslexia, I love nothing more than to spread awareness, share our experiences and to network with and support others who are facing the same challenges. I also have experience running a non-profit that helps low-income men, from teens to adults, to find shoes in sizes that are almost impossible to find. Founding a nonprofit provided me with a chance to work diligently at fundraising in creative and successful ways, to get involved with and to get to know people from all walks of life and to appreciate the compassion and potential that exists within the hearts of so many living in abject poverty in this state as well as this country. It also proves my deep commitment to working hard on the behalf of others who have different needs from my own.
For these reasons, I will be a strong voice for not only maintaining the elements of our school that already make it an excellent place for all types of learners to thrive but to re-evaluate with passion how the school can continue on it’s path as an exceptional school for every child who walks through it’s doors despite changes going on within the school, the district and the nation that will potentially affect public education. Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to many more years as a parent at this amazing school.
I’m writing to express my interest in the parent position on the Horizons’ Board of Directors. My name is Jaime Schlomberg, and I’m the mother of three children all of whom attend Horizons. Alec, 10, is currently in 4th grade. Violet, 8, is currently in 2nd grade. Ava Grace, 6, is currently in Kindergarten. I would be a great fit for the position because of my knowledge, experience, and involvement as a parent at Horizons over the past five years and, also, because of my desire to provide engaged, high quality service to Horizons by contributing my voice to keeping the school moving in a positive direction.
During my time as a parent at Horizons, my husband and I have made a great effort to support the school financially and through volunteer service as we view the school as an important, critical, and meaningful part of our lives. Since my children have been at Horizons, I’ve been a class liaison for several years, volunteered on a weekly basis in the children’s classrooms each year, and I’m currently co-leading the Horizon’s Community Group. I’ve volunteered my time in many other ways as well including supporting teachers on field trips, volunteering for events, and mentoring new families to the school.
Personally, I grew up in Windsor, Colorado, and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, I worked for a mid-size public accounting firm and in the accounting field after that. I’m a CPA licensed in the State of Colorado since 2002. Since 2007, I’ve stayed home with my three children, maintained various side accounting jobs, and volunteered in the Boulder community and the children’s schools. My hobbies include running, hiking, crochet, needlework, camping, skiing, gardening, baking and spending time socially with friends and family.
As a parent, I’m always looking for the best way to support my children and their school. This position would offer me the opportunity to be involved in a meaningful way with Horizons as I have many years ahead as a parent and have a trove of quality experience and time already invested in the school. Thank you for considering my interest in serving on the Horizons’ Board of Directors.
I am Todd Cassan and I am the father of Wyatt, Sam and Beckett, and we have been part of the Horizons community since 2014. Professionally, I trained as an electrical engineer and have spent the last 20+ years in the financial services/investment management industry. I believe that my background in finance will add a valuable perspective to the board. I believe deeply in the core values of Horizons: creating self-directed learners, respect for the individual qualities of each child, acceptance of diversity and learning differences, and the pursuit of educational excellence. It would be honor to serve on the Horizon’s board.
My name is Paul Ramer.
I am officially submitting my name to be considered as a candidate for one of the open board positions.
I have a 5th grader and a 2nd grader. They 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.
Horizons K-8 is the type of school that I wish I had been able to attend as a kid myself.
I am level headed, calm, rational to a fault sometimes (ask my wife-it drives her nuts sometimes!) and I can usually be a level headed sort of bloke even when things get a bit heated.
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.
Monica Fitzgerald Bio:
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. 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 and programs for preventing family violence. I also co-developed a program called Let’s Connect that focuses on building adult and child socioemotional skills and emotion focused communication to enhance adult-child relationships and promote resiliency and health. I have experience with evaluation and grant writing and have served on other professional boards and community efforts. Thank you for considering me as a potential Board member.
Warmly, Monica Fitzgerald