Aspen Early Learning Center staff received a surprise announcement before school today, February 11th. Aspen ELC Principal Sheryl Esposito and Title I Specialist Courtney Hill shared Aspen ELC is joining around 200 other schools across the US and Canada as being nationally recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community (PLC) school.

Both Sheryl and Courtney praised the staff during their announcement for making this national honor happen. “This means the way that we meet, the way that we plan, the way that we train, and the way that we focus on all the individual needs of the kids of our school is proven to be the best way,” Sheryl said during her speech.

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Sheryl Esposito and Courtney Hill sharing the news with Aspen ELC staff.

Over the past four years, Aspen ELC staff have been dedicated to raising student achievement, maintaining that success, and meeting the Model PLC strict criteria to reach this honor. “We as a group came together and collaborated on new programs, and created new opportunities for our kids,” Courtney shared.

Fremont County School District #25 Superintendent Terry Snyder also shared his gratitude to school staff for being recognized as a Model PLC. “This is a really big deal,” he noted.

Superintendent Terry Snyder speaking during today’s announcement.

“I am so proud of my entire staff. We work had to focus on the needs of each individual student. We are honored by this recognition and feel we are on a strong track to consistent improvement and student success,” Sheryl explained.

Aspen ELC joins Rendezvous Elementary in District #25 who received their Model PLC recognition earlier this school year. As well as, Lander Valley High School who also received their Model PLC in September.

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