On the Journey
news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Monthly update from Head of School Josh Wolman
Schools are places where colleagues become family and where the power of relationships is incredibly strong. Independent schools across the country experience transitions, and this is also true at ACDS. The majority of our teachers will recharge this summer and return in the fall ready for another great year. For others, graduation will be the end of their journey at ACDS, and we will be saying goodbye.
We want to recognize everyone's contribution to the school and genuine love for their students, whether this is their first or fortieth year. I hope you will join me at the end of the year assembly in Edlis Neeson Hall on Thursday, May 31 at 11:15 am, when we will honor departing faculty.
It is with great enthusiasm that I announce next year's faculty at Aspen Country Day. A list of teaching assignments for the coming year is posted here.
New additions and roles for the 2018-2019 school year include:
Michael Corbelle will teach Seventh and Eighth Grade History. Mike is joining ACDS from New York City, where he teaches World Religions at The Nightingale-Bamford School. He previously taught history and coached hockey and lacrosse at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. Mike holds a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a master's degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Paige Freeman is returning to ACDS as a Third Grade homeroom teacher after a winter in Chamonix. She holds a bachelor's degree with a concentration in geography from the University of Utah and a master's degree in education with an emphasis on the teaching of elementary mathematics from Western State Colorado University. Paige has taught in the Third Grade and Fifth Grade at ACDS. A certified EMT, she also brings nine years experience as a ski patroller and whitewater raft guide to the Country Day outdoor education program.
Renee Wheeler will be a Sixth Grade English teacher and advisor, and she will continue to teach Lower School art. Renee first came to ACDS in 2015 from Vail Mountain School. Renee holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Bradley University and a master's in education from Antioch New England. She also has an extensive background in outdoor education.
Scott Hicks, returning to Aspen following a year of travel with his family, will be Director of Finance and will support the Outdoor Education program, leading several trips throughout the year.
Mary Frances Szoradi will be a Third Grade homeroom teacher. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her Masters in Elementary Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. At ACDS, she has taught Third and Fourth Grades and Lower School technology.
José Zamora will be a Fourth Grade homeroom teacher. José received a bachelor's degree in U.S. History and Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and holds teaching certification from CU Denver's ASPIRE program. He has taught English in China and spent two years in Denver with the Teach for America program.
The following faculty and staff are leaving their current roles at the end of the year:
Clark Addington, a Lower School teacher at ACDS since 2001, will join the faculty of St. Mary's Academy in Denver.
Susan Benner, who has taught Middle School English for the past three years, plans to write, get a puppy, ski 100 days, and visit her daughter in Paris.
Marge Dye, associate teacher in the Lower School for the past two years, will continue to work with children, focusing on art education.
Katie Goldsmith, a Lower School teacher since 2007, will be dividing her time between Aspen and Denver with her family.
Cathy Miller, photographer and event coordinator for the past three years, will take on various projects for ACDS and continue with her personal photography business.
Bart Pepitone, who has been teaching math at ACDS since 1977 and served as the school's headmaster from 1991-94, will be working with students as a private math tutor.
Audrey Sherry Gunshor, who began teaching Middle School Math & Science at ACDS in 2005, will be starting her own academic advising business, eduspaceaspen.com.
Bob Stewart, a student support specialist who began working with ACDS in 1993, will be focusing on his tutoring business full time.
Zeke Tiernan, who began teaching Middle School History at ACDS in 2005, is moving to Mexico City where he and his wife will join the faculty of an IB World School, Westhill Institute.
In the business office, Mike Stoll and Taylor Page have moved on to new positions in independent schools.
Again, I hope you will join me at the end of the year assembly May 31 to honor these teachers and staff. Each of them has meant a great deal to our community, and we wish them well with their new endeavors.