Our Vision

St. Anne's welcomes and respects all forms of diversity, including age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Children, families, and faculty from diverse cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles clearly enrich the lives of one another on our campus, and St. Anne's continues to value and appreciate these contributions, talents, and varied perspectives.  Without these, our educational program, our community and our children's experiences would be incomplete.

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Our Commitment in Action at St. Anne's

Below are some of the ways St. Anne’s students, faculty, and parents engage with diversity & inclusion in the community:

One St. Anne’s (Board of Trustees committee focused on community, inclusion, and education)

Affinity groups for students, faculty, and parents

20+ Middle School students attending STAMP, an annual student diversity leadership conference in Denver

Recognized as 1 of 200 Ashoka Changemaker Schools in the world

SAES faculty attend national and local diversity workshops and conferences such as the People of Color Conference, Asian Educators Alliance, Diversity Leadership Institute, CIRCLE Conference and Inclusive Leadership Conference

Annual professional development at all-school and divisional levels

Outreach experiences with a variety of organizations

Commitment to providing windows and mirrors for students’ experiences through a multicultural curriculum

Faculty Committee on Community & Inclusion

Teaching Fellow program for Community & Inclusion

Directors of Community & Inclusion

Leadership School within the Colorado Diversity Network

Regularly-scheduled international travel for middle schoolers (including service and homestays)

Changemakers Club (a 5th-8th grade club focused on volunteering, service, and making the world a better place through empathy, hands-on experiences, and perspective-taking)

Directors of Equity and Inclusion

Kelsey Smith '01

PS-3 Spanish, Grade 6 Advisor, Co-director of Community & Inclusion
Joined St. Anne's in: 2011

Degrees & Certifications:
BA Colorado College 2009 Major: Anthropology - Minors: Education & Central American Studies; Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education 2010- Colorado College

Years in education:

Favorite thing about St. Anne's:
The people. From students to families to colleagues to alums, St. Anne's is a community of caring people grounded in humility, gratitude, and empathy. Day in and day out, I can give my all to these people while knowing that they will fill me and fuel me to keep going. It's an energetic cycle that keeps me invigorated and inspired.

Why did you choose to teach?
Attending St. Anne's as a student from K-8, I was fortunate to have such phenomenal teachers who cared deeply for me. From early on, I felt drawn to coming back to teach at St. Anne's and be a part of that magic. Through high school and college, I coached kids tennis in the summers. No matter the context, I have always loved being around kids. Their energy, spirit, and light make me the best version of myself. I am motivated by helping them to know themselves, to be thoughtful & responsible members of their community, and to find joy in learning. And that helps me to do the same on my journey.

Hobbies or interests outside of school:
Spending time with family & friends, kickboxing, learning Brazilian Portuguese, gardening, going on walks, and playing tennis-- anything outside! Reading Young Adult books about social justice, and cuddling with my cats, Leo & Luna.

Stuck on an island, what book do you bring with you?/Favorite book:
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage