Lifelong Learning: How Teachers Recharged This Summer

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Summer is a time for our teachers, administration and staff to regroup. Aspen Academy faculty, staff and students are continuous learners even during the summer months. Here are a few highlights of how we embraced learning this summer.


Mr. Lovett, 5th & 6th Grade Instructor 

Mr. Lovett spent the summer at the New York Historical Society studying women of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Mr. Lovett got to hear from experts all around the country and present on how Aspen Academy can bring more historical women into the social studies curriculum. Mr. Lovett is very excited to share with students some important historical figures that have been left out of the traditional narrative. 



Mrs. Glassick, PreK Instructor 

“Over this summer break, my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Italy! It was an amazing adventure to immerse ourselves in the Italian culture. Over the course of two weeks we traveled to Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Venice. We enjoyed the history, architecture and art in Rome as well as our fair share of gelato! The Uffizi Gallery, the statue of David, wine tasting in Tuscany, and our cooking class were the highlights of Florence! I am excited to share these adventures with my students! I plan to print pictures of the architectural marvels- the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Duomo, Doge’s Palace- and include them in our block center to give our student’s inspiration for their own structural creations.” 



Mrs. Fratta, 4th Grade Instructor 

Mrs. Fratta kicked off a reading challenge that inspires a variety of genres and mixing themes. She also went to St. Lucia with her husband to celebrate their first anniversary! Mrs. Fratta is excited to share some new books and her avid love of reading with her class this year. 






Mrs. Cho, 5th & 6th Instructor 

Mrs. Cho enjoyed all of the outdoor adventures that the Rocky Mountains have to offer as well as a relaxing trip through Yosemite and a visit to Old Faithful. Plenty of relaxation while gearing up for this fall as both a teacher AND a student. Mrs. Cho was accepted into Mizzou’s Educational Specialist Program for Counseling and Educational Psychology with a concentration on mental health practices in schools. 



Mr. Lazartic, Middle School STEAM Coach 

Mr. Lazartic ran into Moby from Brain Pop while at the ISTE conference this summer! ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education) is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in the use of technology in education. Mr. Lazartic learned a lot about STEAM, maker spaces and digital wellness that he plans to share with the Aspen Academy community.