Building Wellness Teams



Heart Blurb:

Heart is Ute Pass Elementary's Wellness Group. Heart’s goal is to promote staff and student wellness through writing and supporting School Health Improvement Plans (SHIPS) that center around the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Heart is comprised of teachers, students, and community members who are passionate about wellness practices. The Heart team meets monthly to plan and brainstorm around school wide events, school wide needs, and district-wide initiatives. If you are interested in joining Heart, contact Louisa Dick at [email protected] or Miles Groth at [email protected]

  • Designed and purchased hallway signs to be utilized building wide as brain break spaces
  • Funded benches and tables for outdoor learning spaces
  • Promoted professional development practices around environmental teaching
  • Funded Buddy Classroom activities to promote school wide collaboration
  • Organized school-wide events to promote community engagement: Walk/Bike to School, Birdhouse Building, Health Jam
  • Purchased a Peace Pole

MSES = Mustang Might


Jeana Farrell
Health and wellness has always played a big part in my and my families life. When the opportunity arose to take over as a co-leader at MSES it seemed like a no brainer! I had also wanted for some time to take on a leadership role in the school so this just fit.

Maddie Goldman
I grew up in a small town outside of Boston and moved out to Colorado eleven years ago to attend Colorado College! Since graduating, I have had the pleasure of teaching first grade, second grade, and now am settled in as a fourth grade teacher. This will be my fourth year here at MSES, and I am not planning on leaving anytime soon. This school district is one of (if not) THE BEST! I joined PHC via Mustang Might my first year here and have been constantly inspired by their commitment to promoting both student and staff health and wellness. I think that having healthy minds, healthy bodies, and feeling safe are essential in a school community that fosters deep learning opportunities, so when the privilege to become a PHC co-leader arose, I was thrilled and honored to join!

MSMS = HealthStangs


Barak Ben-Amots
I teach the GALLoP Courses at Manitou Springs Middle School, a program based on learning at Flying Pig Farm. My passion is about sustainable food, nutrition, healthy relationships, and I have channeled that passion into work for PHC since 2019. My days are spent tending to the animals and plants at FPF with the goal of bringing better healthy local food into the school and into the hearts of MSSD14 students.

Cory Urban
I choose to be a PHC Co-Leader because I have experienced first hand the impact that being involved can have on the student experience. I want to be a part of creating healthy opportunities for students, and parents, to engage in their community. PHC is able to support and foster a belief I have always had about education, which is that we are teaching the whole child. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of many different aspects of education, rather than just exclusively academic.

MSHS = MInd, Body, Spirit

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Janie Anderson
I am Janie Anderson PHC co-leader at Manitou Springs High School. I joined PHC because I believe in keeping students and staff safe both physically and mentally. I look forward to serving our MSSD14 community and will share what I learn in the process. I believe we all need to take care of our bodies and our minds especially after enduring what we went through in 2020. Stacy Thomson and I plan on continuing a recycling project that Stu Jeck and Gabrielle Waters started last year before COVID 19 hit. We also plan on encouraging our staff and students to participate in other activities throughout the year that will be “FUN” and “HEALTHY”!

Stacy Thomson
I'm Stacy Thomson and I am a PHC Co-Leader at Manitou Springs High School. I joined PHC because our students and staff deserve the best access possible to healthy options in every aspect of the school environment. As we bounce back from a most unusual 2020-21 school year, I hope to help our school community refocus and refresh our bodies, minds, and overall health. I look forward to helping to continue a recycling project that was started last year that will encourage our students and staff to reduce and reuse. I'm also excited about our "Mustang Strong" project that is certain to get everyone moving, finding balance, and having a great time!