June Celebrations!

Jessie Skipwith

The Aspen Academy community is made up of members of the Human Family from so many backgrounds and walks of life. Each month provides us a chance to see, hear and recognize these members of our family for the contributions to humanity, society and our community that we see around us every day.  As we enter into these upcoming summer months, we can all feel invited to do our part in creating a community that acknowledges and welcomes all people, and to be more aware and intentional in our understanding about the lives experienced and lived by all of those around us; who Make the World Better.

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on the world we live in. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The month of June also provides us an opportunity to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month, established in June 2014. This recognition gives people across the United States an opportunity to annually explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. It celebrates immigrants across the United States and their contributions to their local communities.

I feel so grateful to be a part of a school that recognizes the lives, relationships and contributions of so many. Thank you for your partnership in seeing all of our children and families for the happiness, joy and dignity that each brings to Aspen Academy. It is truly amazing to hear the voices of students who express their gratitude for their feelings of inclusion and respect for the opportunity to be their authentic selves. 

Have an amazing and safe summer!

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.