Celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month

Jessie Skipwith

The month of May is Jewish American Heritage Month in the United States.

Throughout the course of this school year, it has been helpful to follow the framework of AcknowledgementEducation and engaging in ongoing Courageous Conversations to guide Aspen Academy along a path of infinite growth in the realm of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice work.  Last month, the opportunity to engage both personally and professionally in an online Holocaust Remembrance Day event highlighted the need for each of us to bring intentionality in our efforts to raise our personal level of awareness and knowledge across multiple cultural identifiers, and in particular for the Jewish-American members of our Aspen Academy family.  In following the guiding principle to "Never Forget Our Historical Past," we are grateful to extend this wonderful invitation to all Aspen Academy community members to join in this ongoing process of educating ourselves in ways that are specific to where we might be on our respective growth journeys.

About the Author

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Jessie Skipwith is the Director of Elevate & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Licensed School Counselor at Aspen Academy.

Jessie comes to Aspen Academy with over 20 years of experience in educational leadership and student engagement. He has held head of school positions at elementary, middle and high schools, ran an all-school counseling department, provided private practice counseling services for families and individuals, and has served as the executive director of an education non-profit supporting low-income, English language learners from throughout the greater Denver area. He is a voracious reader of books about how students learn, how families and communities support developing young people, as well as books on progressive, innovative and dynamic new solutions to many of today’s life challenges. Jessie loves that Aspen Academy provides families and students with a small, nurturing and safe environment that encourages students to take healthy risks, to push themselves beyond their comfort zones, and that it inspires insatiable curiosity and wonder in students as they pursue their passions to help make the world a better place to live for all people. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his wife and two children and enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors while hiking, golfing or skiing.