News & Awards

Aspen Academy community always has something exciting going on. Be sure to visit this page often for the latest news and accomplishments from students, faculty, staff and alumni!


Denver Business Journal Best Places to Work 2022

Best Places to Work 2022




Future Holders: 2019 Pitch Competition
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The List
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Student Social Entrepreneurship Featured in Neighbors of Greenwood Village

Arielle Sokol's story of "Uncle David's Hummus" was featured in Neighbors of Greenwood Village. Read the origin story of her business -- and how it supports a greater cause here.

Morgan Calleigh Friedman Named “Teen of Impact” for Colorado & New Mexico and Carson Scholar Award Winner

Morgan Calleigh Friedman received a double-dose of honors this spring. She was named a 2024 Carson Scholar, a prestigious national distinction recognizing students in grades 4-11 for academic excellence, humanitarianism, and dedication to high levels of community service. She was also selected as "Teen of Impact" for Colorado and New Mexico by the American Heart Association. Read more here.

Aspen Academy Makes Top 200 List!

Aspen Academy is featured as a 2023 Top 200 Private Companies List in ColoradoBiz magazine this month. Click here to see the full list

Aspen Academy & Kate Shaw Featured in Finalsite Blog

Congratulations to Kate Shaw for being interviewed and featured in a recent blog by Finalsite! Read the blog here.

Dana Kohls, 2023 Colorado Family Favorite Private School Elementary Principal Runner Up

Dana Kohls earned runner-up in the Colorado Parent Family Favorites category for Favorite Private School Elementary Principal! The annual awards competition asks Denver-area parents of school-aged children and community members to vote for their favorites, earning Kohls this esteemed and well-deserved recognition. Congratulations, Dana! Learn more here.

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5280 Magazine Private School Handbook Includes Aspen Academy

Aspen Academy is featured in this month's 5280 Private School Handbook. Order your copy here!

2020 ColoradoBiz Magazine Top Company Finalist

PBS Documentary Feature

Media Inquiries and Speaker Requests

We welcome those seeking to schedule interviews, inquire about Aspen Academy or for editorial content to contact our team. Our Head of School, Kristina Scala is a sought after speaker on topics of leadership, entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, cultural responsiveness and strategic planning. We also have members of the Aspen Academy leadership team that regularly participate in speaking engagements.

For media and speaker requests please contact Theresa Letman at

Theresa Letman

Marketing & Communications Director

Theresa comes to Aspen Academy with nearly two decades of experience in marketing and communications at nonprofits and mission-driven private organizations. Her work includes crafting success stories from Fortune 500 teams and consulting with premiere arts organizations to cultivate larger audiences.

Theresa is inspired by the extraordinary sense of community at Aspen Academy; the remarkable students, families, and team; and the thoughtful values. She lives in South Denver with her husband, Jason and son, Wyatt. They love to travel, grow tomatoes, listen to music and sail.

Looking for a speaker for an upcoming event?


We're available to provide engaging and actionable tips for parents from workplace lunch and learns and Mom's groups, to community groups and more! Sample topics include:

Teaching Leadership to 4-Year Olds
Studies show the increasing need for leadership of self to begin at even earlier ages to foster resilience and positive and productive approaches to the world. Learn strategies for supporting your child!

Building Resilient Teens: How Focus on Character & Leadership Development Supports Students and Brings Out Their Best
Tweens and Teens suffer from increasing depression and anxiety. Learn productive ways to respond to your child and foster resilience as a positive and productive response to challenges.

Values Aligned: Creating Your Day to Day Life to Reflect What You Value
With constant demands on our time, we often overlook our values and prioritize on the urgent vs. the important. Learn how strategies to create space for more of your values in your daily life.

Power of Optimism and Positivity in Your Home or Workplace
Maintaining a positive outlook can add years to your life. Learn about research in positive psychology and it’s impact on our day-to-day approach to living longer and with more optimism.

Click here to schedule a speaker