Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Mary Chesley, Assistant Superintendent Eric Flor, and parent volunteer Ian Miller, were recently honored as Asset Champions by the Community Asset Project (CAP).
CAP is a non-profit partner of the Cherry Creek School District and positively impacts more than 51,000 students and their families through youth leadership training, Positive Behavior Supports, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, suicide prevention and other important programs.
At the annual Parent Information Network Brunch, held May 7, the CAP board presented Asset Champion Awards to Superintendent Mary Chesley and Assistant Superintendent Eric Flor, who are both retiring at the end of the school year.
Chesley has served the Cherry Creek School District for 23 years a teacher, principal, district level administrator and superintendent.
“Mary is known for her integrity, humor, genuine nature and compassionate and inspiring leadership,” said CAP board member Steve Cohen. “She has spread endless wisdom and has gone out of her way to make students, staff and parents feel valued. It is impossible for Mary to do anything but embody the developmental assets with every waking moment, every difficult decision, every interaction she has. We thank her for her dedication to the Cherry Creek mission that inspires our 51,000 students to think, to learn, to achieve and to care.”
Eric Flor has served the Cherry Creek Schools community for 27 years, starting as a teacher and ending as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Operations.
“Eric is known for his kind and thoughtful leadership, and for taking the time to notice and celebrate the little things that make a difference in a child’s life,” said Cohen. “In 1999, while principal at Walnut Hills Elementary, Eric took the time to read a language arts assignment written by Patrick, a 4th grader who wanted to become a famous writer. He penned a short note saying he looked forward to reading the writer’s first book. That note still hangs over Patrick’s desk, a published poet and doctoral student in English Literature.”
On April 27, the CAP board visited Cherokee Trail High School to recognize parent volunteer Ian Miller. An executive at Raytheon, an Army reservist and a father of three, Miller still finds time to coach lacrosse, serve as president and past resident of the Cherokee Trail Boy’s Lacrosse Booster Club, and work with young men as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader.
“Miller takes being a positive role model to a whole new level,” said Cohen. “He is truly one of those people within our community who exemplify the spirit of the 40 developmental assets through their good works.”
The Community Asset Project was founded on the 40 developmental assets, which help young people develop into successful and responsible adults. For more information, visit www.assetsconnect.org.
Posted May 8, 2013.