Recognizing Excellence in APS

Erin AutobeeAurora Public Schools is excited to see the APS 2020: Shaping the Future strategic plan coming to life across the district. Students, parents, staff and community members are going above and beyond to ensure APS students have the plans, skills and credentials they need to shape successful futures.

Each month, we celebrate great examples of this work in our P-20 Learning Communities. Following are highlights from Community L.

Erin Autobee
Fulton Academy of Excellence technology teacher Erin Autobee (pictured above) has helped students earn more than 600 digital badges in her first year! Thanks to her hard work and dedication, 98 percent of Fulton’s fifth-grade students will earn an Invention Summit Badge. These credentials will help open doors as students execute their plans.

Lilly Klatt
Edna & John W. Mosley P-8’s Parent-Teacher Association was established only two years ago, but the PTA has already made a significant impact on the school. Parents have dedicated their time and talents to organizing countless activities that have brought the school and community together. In addition, the group raised over $40,000 for the school! We commend the group’s president Lilly Klatt for her leadership and dedication.

Becca Peters
Aurora Quest K-8 Parent Becca Peters is an integral part of the school community. She always lends a helping hand to Quest’s clubs, activities and classrooms. For the last two years, Ms. Peters has managed the Box Tops program, which has funded numerous student activities. She has also been a great addition to the school accountability committee and served on various interview committees.

Gael Guzman
Vista PEAK Exploratory eighth-grade student Gael Guzman’s ability to persevere is infectious. Despite the challenges he has faced, he continues to excel. His positive outlook paired with support from the APS Rebound Ombudsman Program has allowed him to experience greater success, both academically and personally. His peers consider him a leader. Principal Yolanda Greer says Mr. Guzman is a bright and hopeful student who makes her entire staff very proud.

Andrea Yahner
When it comes to unwavering compassion and dedication, Vista PEAK Exploratory Primary Counselor Andrea Yahner is the poster child. Ms. Yahner uses various platforms to help students, staff and parents weather any storms they are going through. She has implemented many programs, organized various school activities and provided countless resources that help people cope with their emotions.

Tanya Crawford
Tanya Crawford goes above and beyond her duties as a paraprofessional at Vista PEAK Exploratory every day. She works tirelessly to fundraise for and coach an all-inclusive cheer program, which she has lead through many school competitions. She assists the school’s athletic director and coaches, found and oversees the Vista PEAK Talent Show and consistently implements new procedures and systems for the school.

Mike Fehringer, Danette Mozes and Jen Fryer
During the 2016-17 school year, Vista PEAK Exploratory’s student, staff, parents, community members and local business volunteers have given more than 2,300 hours of their time to the school. Mike Fehringer and Danette Mozes have volunteered over 100 hours each and Jen Fryer has completed over 200 hours!

Gloria Medina, Honorio Mercado, Lori Carlstrom
Tollgate Elementary School Custodians Lori Carlstrom, Gloria Medina and Honorio Mercado are incredible employees who constantly exceed expectations to make Tollgate a special place for children. They take great pride in ensuring the school is clean and comfortable for students and staff every day.

We thank each individual for making a difference in our students’ lives by dedicating their time, talents and resources.