We will miss our Horizons teachers who are off to new adventures next year!

Dear Horizons Families,

We know that teachers are at the heart of student experience and success, so it is always difficult to say goodbye to teachers who will be leaving our community and embarking upon new adventures. Our teachers who will not be returning next year have let their students know this week, and we’d like to let the greater community know as well. We will dearly miss our teachers who give their professional best, endless energy, and heartfelt support to students each and every day. At the end of this school year, we will say goodbye to: Beth White (7/8 LA), Stacey Duval (7/8 Science), Rachel Clionsky (5/6), Katelyn Grant (3/4), Brian Jernigan (STEAM), Rani Kumar (K-6 Spanish), Diane Diesh (5/6 math).  Many of our colleagues are moving around the globe, or within Colorado. Please see their goodbye letters below, and stop by to extend your best wishes. Thank you teachers, for your service to our school, our students, and our community! You are the best.


Dear Horizons Community,

It is with a heavy heart and deep gratitude that I share that I will not be returning to Horizons in the fall. My husband’s work is taking our family up to the mountains near Vail.

It has been an honor and a joy to be part of such a warm, supportive, and innovative community and I will truly miss Horizons. I have loved learning alongside my incredible 7th and 8th graders and collaborating with the dedicated faculty and families. I can only hope that our daughter Charlotte, now 3 months old, will have the opportunity to experience a wonderful school community like that at Horizons.

I appreciate everyone’s kindness and support during my maternity leave and throughout all of my time at Horizons. Horizons will always hold a special place in my heart and I wish you all the very best.

With gratitude,



Dear Horizons Families,

I am saddened to share with you that I will not be returning to Horizons next school year.  After much thought and consideration, I’ve decided to switch paths and pursue an opportunity outside of education.  With life at a bit of a transitional point for me and my husband, now feels like the perfect time to follow some dreams.

While I’m looking forward to new beginnings, it will be incredibly difficult to say goodbye. I have felt so lucky to be a part of a community where adults and students alike seek to continually challenge and better themselves, to learn from and inspire one another, and to truly listen to and understand each other.  Horizons is such a special place and I will hold it fondly in my heart.  Thank you to all who have contributed to three wonderful years!


Kate                                                                         _______________________

It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know I will not be returning to HK8 next year.  It has been my pleasure and my honor to work with your children over the past four years in 5th and 6th grade.  I have grown tremendously, both personally and professionally as a member of this community.  Why, then, would I leave?  My husband and I accepted positions teaching at an international school in Marrakech, Morocco and will be moving to North Africa for two years this summer.  We are equally excited and nervous to embark on this new adventure.  Thank you for four great years!  I will miss Horizons tremendously!

~Rachel Clionsky


Dear Parents,

This is Beth White with a message about my decision not to return to Horizons next year. I have had a wonderful year with your students. They are curious, interesting, talented, funny individuals who make coming to work something I love doing.

My family comes first, however, and my husband, who has been working as a writer from home these past three years, has been offered a job in Belize. With his best interests in mind, I am going to go with him. We are a peripatetic family at heart, and a chance to go to a new country is always attractive. More than that, Craig needs to be working with students. His heart is also in teaching. I would do anything to make him happy.

I am sad to leave the 7th graders in particular as they will need to adapt to another new teacher. I know Horizons will do a great job of hiring my replacement, and I will help whoever that is with their transition.

Thank you for being the supportive, wonderful parents that you have been.

Beth White


Horizons Parents,

I have had the tremendous honor to work with each and every Horizons student this year as their STEAM teacher. Although I love working with our students, I will not be returning to Horizons in order to pursue other interests. I have witnessed a high degree of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication take place in my classroom. I will miss seeing the children coming into this school with wide smiles on their faces as they experience learning here. I wish the best to the Horizons families and to the future education of each of your children.


Brian Jernigan


Dear Horizons parents,

I will be leaving Horizons next year to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University. I have had a wonderful year working with Horizons’ Spanish Exposure students from kindergarten-sixth grade. I hope to have shared with the students my love of Spanish and Latin American cultures with my classes. As a former BVSD Spanish student myself, I cannot highly encourage enough the study of a second language. I am continually impressed by the Spanish program at Horizons and wish the students muy buena suerte as they continue along in their Spanish careers.


Rani Kumar


Dear Horizons Community,
For the past three years, I have had the great pleasure of teaching at the 5/6 and 7/8 grade levels in various capacities, but primarily as a math educator. During that time, I’ve gotten to know many of our wonderful Horizons students.

It is with deeply mixed emotions that I say goodbye, as I will not be returning to Horizons in the fall. Thank you to my colleagues for supporting me, to families for the great honor of teaching your children, and especially to my students who have taught me so much. I take with me nothing but fond memories of my time here!
With gratitude,
Diane Diesh
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