Board Member, Treasurer and Fundraising Committee Chair
My direct connection to Animas High School is because my son Duke Millett was in the first class that graduated in 2013. While the “strip-mall” school was short on space it was large on developing a student’s strengths and passions. Duke took his encouraging educational experience from Animas on to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Aeronautical Engineering and graduated with Cum Laude honors in 2017. All of his educational experiences have led him to be quickly and gainfully employed by General Atomics in their unmanned aircraft division in CA.
My indirect connection to AHS is a lifelong addiction to being an educator. As director/owner of Weaselskin Institute, I utilize my degrees of a BS in Agronomy, BA in Sociology and MS in International Technology Analysis and Management, to construct unique educational experiences in archaeology, agriculture, equine experiential education, conservation studies, ecology, athletic and healthy lifestyle education. My 3 stage approach to teaching at Weaselskin fits well with the project based thinking of AHS. The first stage is to provide the educational means and ability to obtain and understand subject information. The second stage is to produce knowledge of a process, place, or thing through experience. The third stage is whereby knowledge and education coalesce into wisdom through the application of real life hands on opportunities of the subject and processes.
My most important commitment to AHS comes from an understanding that everyone learns in different ways. My other son was class of 2016 at Durango High School where he exceled in sports, academics, and social life. Seamus’s high school experience was far different than Dukes but he was equally prepared for the next phase in his life at Colorado School of Mines and his quest for the 2020 Olympics in Modern Pentathlon. My sons are positive proof to the notion that the youth of our area will thrive when they have a public accessible choice in how and where they are educated. It is a great honor to be part of the AHS board that succeeds in making the ways and means of learning that are unique to AHS a permanent fixture in the community.
“Knowledge, love and money have no value unless they are shared.”