Events in Our Nation's Capitol

  • Child Development
Kristina Scala

Today’s events in Washington D.C. have been intense and unsettling to our nation and to each of us. We know that our children may have seen or will see the news footage and will have both questions and concerns. As we move through the days ahead everyone of us will be working to understand the facts and implications of the events and navigating the same with our children.

We are confident in our teachers’ capacity to navigate the feelings, thoughts and questions that may come up with our students as appropriate to their age.

Mrs. Kohls, Dr. Resendez and Mr. Sampson will be working with the Aspen Academy faculty (and the team from the World Leadership School who are also working with our 4th-8th grade students this week), to provide space and time for students to share their thoughts, wonderings and concerns. The middle school team may choose to address the day’s events as part of a history unfolding, or in response to what the students are bringing to the class as would be appropriate for that age group given their current or recently former courses of study in Civics and American History.  

As parents and educators, each with our own feelings and thoughts, it can be difficult to know what to share with children.  One of the most important things we can do is to provide our children with the developmentally appropriate facts and to protect them by avoiding oversharing of our own concerns and anxieties as well as avoid exposing children to heightened news stories or images about any crisis situation.  When children see continued images on a news loop, it is as if the event is happening again and again. When asked by your child or student about an event, it is important to remember to answer the question on a level that the child or teen is asking. One of the most important things to remember is to answer what is really being asked rather than sharing the adult lens of what we think is being asked or what we are considering. 

If your child/student is in need of additional emotional support beyond what you are providing, please reach out to our Elevate Team via our Elevate Director, Jessie Skipwith. Our administrative team will also be visiting classes throughout the week to check in with students and teachers.

Now, is a time to build bridges and resolve differences in our world. I’m enormously thankful that the Aspen Academy community stands deeply in the values that allow those things to occur.


With love,



About the Author

Kristina Scala is committed to equipping the generations of future leaders to be life-ready; as an award-winning entrepreneur she is transforming education. She inspires and motivates others to live purposeful and authentic lives by being kind, doing good, working hard, and making the world better through what we think, say, and do. She is a thoughtful and creative leader, enthusiastic educator and master facilitator who presents on topics of education and personal, leadership, entrepreneurial, and parenting development.

Scala is a thoughtful and creative leader, enthusiastic educator, and versed facilitator who presents topics of education and personal, leadership, entrepreneurial, and parenting development. Kristina is the founder and president of Aspen Academy, Future Holders, Bear’s Student Enterprises, The Aspen Academy Investment Fund, and MODI - Move and Discover, a school furniture line (for which she was granted a patent in 2019).

Ms. Scala is a blessed momma to Canyon, Sage, and Dillon. She received her Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Business Administration from California State University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Denver’s Morgridge School of Education. She is also a graduate the Entrepreneurial Master’s Program at M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). She was featured in the PBS documentary, Exceptionary Women.

In education, Scala serves on the state board of accreditation for Cognia and on the finance committee for the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. She serves on the board for Tennyson Center for Children and the University of Denver Women's College. 

As a leader and entrepreneur, Scala is an active member of Entrepreneur Organization and a Founding Guide for Ascendeur. Scala has also served as a panel member at Denver Startup Week and as a judge in the final round of the Global Student Entrepreneurial Awards Competition for several years.