Parent Board Elections Coming Up Come to Council 4/21

The Horizons Board of Directors is comprised of teachers, administrators, and parents.  There are three open seats for parents on next year’s Board.  Lucas sent out an invitation to all parents interested in being on the board.  We have four candidates.

Board elections will take place at our next and last council meeting of the year.  It is an important one and we hope you will join us via zoom on Thursday, March 21 at 6 PM. The entire agenda will be sent out at a later date.  If you are able to join us, please email for the zoom link.

Here are our candidates:

Karla Scornavacco

Karla Scornavacco is a parent and research faculty at the School of Education at CU Boulder. For the past ten years, she has led multiple district partnerships with CU for project-based learning and reading instruction and recently branched into mathematics with a study promoting effective classroom discourse strategies in elementary and secondary math classrooms.

A continuous learner, Karla began her teaching in a Montessori school, helped found a program for students who dropped out or were expelled from school and taught at a boarding school. She earned her Masters at Harvard and her doctorate at CU Boulder. She has a deep appreciation for Horizons and would love to support the school as a Board member.

For the past two years, she served as the school’s District Accountability Committee (DAC) rep. Her youngest is a 4th grader at HK8.

Michael Ashmore

Mike is a British National who moved to Colorado 6 years ago for work.  He is a father of two children in Horizons (1st grade and kindergarten).

Professionally, Mike is a Director of Product Management for the SyncSort (formerly Pitney Bowes Software).  He is responsible for an $80 million-dollar product line of products that operationalize physical addresses, clean and validate them, locate them, and add information to them.  In this capacity, he directs product strategy for a 50-man global development team, manages contracts with over 30 data suppliers and outsourced development organizations, has oversight of major customers that includes 45 of the largest 50 insurance companies, 3 of the 5 largest telco’s, Visa & Mastercard, FreddieMac & FannieMae together with a large number of software companies such as Salesforce and Amazon.

The relevance of his professional life to the school board is his discipline in balancing competing investment choices, making pragmatic choices to achieve desired outcomes and he is practiced in working in partnership with accountants, lawyers, and myriad stakeholders.

Academically, Mike is a graduate of The University of Essex in England with a BSc majoring in Technology with double minors in Accountancy and Law.

As a father of bi-racial children, Mike is keen to promote equal treatment and opportunities for all.  He believes in creating a school environment focused on happiness, personal progress, and excellence.

Rachel Buckley

Like all of you, in the course of a day, I play many roles–mom, wife, employee, boss, volunteer, friend, aunt, daughter, sister and athlete. The common thread for me in all these roles is that I am always the camp counselor, bringing people together via a zest for fun and adventure, preserving traditions of where we’ve been, and continuously seeking improvement as a leader. I’m running for a position on the Horizons Board because I see this opportunity as so fitting for me: offering my leadership skills, building a sense of community, and honoring the path of how our amazing school came to be. I’m confident that this balanced perspective can help ensure Horizons’ future success.

At my core, I’m a fun-loving camp counselor. I grew up in Connecticut playing team sports, spent my summers as a camper and counselor on a lake in New Hampshire, worked hard and played hard to suit the motto at Colgate University, moved to Vail to be a kids’ ski instructor and camp counselor, then ended up in Boulder 20 years ago to try to save the world through energy efficiency in my work at E Source and at CU for grad school. All of that has stayed with me in my current daily roles, and somehow I still skied 40 days this season.

I bring my camp counselor and team sports spirit to work, overseeing 25 product managers and analysts that function well as a cohesive team. As a member of our leadership team, I make sure we celebrate our wins internally and help position our company as thought-leaders and as extremely engaging for our customers. Even after working at E Source for nearly 20 years, I thrive on new challenges and on developing solutions to meet stakeholder’s needs.

When it comes to Horizons, ever since Jacob (4th grade) and Hanna (1st grade) enrolled for Fall 2019, I’ve jumped head-first into getting involved. You’ve likely seen me trying to build community as a classroom liaison, understanding the curriculum and supporting the teachers as a classroom volunteer, mentoring incoming families, learning more about Horizons social-emotional methodologies and even going back to my camp counselor roots by sleeping in cabins with kids on outdoor ed trips and as a field trip chaperone. I’ve been a dedicated Council meeting attendee and social event participant. I’ve offered my time, organizational skills, ideas, and smile wherever I can to Horizons.

Our family is so grateful to have been part of the Horizons community for the past two years. Even after two years, we still literally feel like we won the lottery due to the style of learning and community that suits our children so well. I’m ready to take my contributions to the next level by joining the Board and I hope you’ll consider me–the camp counselor–for the position.

Paul Ramer

I am officially submitting my name to be considered as a candidate for one of the open board positions. I have an 8th grader and a 5th 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 and the challenges of distance learning among other things.
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 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.
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