Kelsey arrived in Aspen in 2017 after three years teaching PE and Outdoor Education in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Waterbury, Conn., she earned an undergraduate degree in movement and sports studies with a concentration in physical education and health, along with a master’s in athletic administration, from Springfield College in Massachusetts. A PE teacher at Aspen Country Day School since 2017, Kelsey brings her enthusiasm and warmth to every class, outdoor ed trip, and recess; she also drives a school bus.
Dream dinner guests?
My grandfather, my dad’s dad; he’s my favorite human that has ever been on earth. He was shot by the Germans in World War II, but he loved the German people and lived such a positive life, an effortless positivity. Then also Robin Williams, the actor and comedian, and Babe Didrikson, a pioneer in women’s sports.
Something that was cool when you were younger?
Making CDs for your friends. You would pop a blank CD in the burner and add specific songs for whatever you were doing, like beach jams. Kind of like a playlist today, but better, because it was something physical you could give as a gift.
Favorite place on campus?
There’s a clearing near an aspen grove on the trails above campus, where the students hike, bike, and skin for outdoor ed and PE. It looks out towards the bowl and the Castle Creek valley. In the fall when the warm late morning sun hits the golden leaves, it is one of the most beautiful spots around.
A challenge you see in the world, and how this school tackles it?
People seem to have a tough time removing themselves from their screens and embracing being unplugged from time to time. ACDS embraces the outdoors, as well as the value of face to face interactions. Starting in Pre-K our students are ushered into the outdoors, whether for an ODE trip, free play, or class time. This helps our students develop a confidence and comfort in the world outside of traditional walls and screens.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A UConn women’s basketball player, specifically the point guard.
What haven’t you done yet?
I would like to learn how to play hockey.