Youth Team

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Elaine Bonds

Director of Youth Education
Elaine has undergraduate degrees in both early childhood and elementary education, and also earned a masters degree in special education. Elaine taught elementary school for 10 years and preschool for 5 years, while also running her private tutoring business – Honoring Differences – for the past 30 years. She raised two daughters in Aspen and volunteered at their schools for many years. For the past 17 years, Elaine has serves as the Director of Youth Education at Aspen Chapel. Since one of her passions is philanthropy, Elaine has loved working with the Aspen Chapel students on various service oriented projects throughout the years. Most recently, Elaine has appreciated working with Mimi Hauenstein to develop a spiritual education curriculum for the Tuesday School program at Aspen Chapel. Elaine says she definitely has the best job at Aspen Chapel!
 

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Mimi Hauenstein

Tuesday School Teacher
With an undergraduate degree in art history and literature, Mimi came to Aspen in 1977 to work as a certified Montessori teacher. She met and married her husband, Ward, and they stayed in Aspen to raise their two daughters.  After eight years at Montessori working with 1 ½  to 6 year olds, Mimi earned her Colorado teacher’s certificate and then taught at the Aspen Elementary School for twenty years. During that time she received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Assessment.  Mimi is so grateful to spend time with the youth and the youth team at the Aspen Chapel where she assists in writing and implementing the spiritual education curriculum for Tuesday School. She also helps organize activities for Middle and High School philanthropy. Mimi feels helping to create an open minded open hearted environment where children can begin their spiritual journeys is a truly wonderful privilege.  
 

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Barbara Lynn Bloemsma

Tuesday School Teacher
I am so very fortunate to have been a part of services and events at the Aspen Chapel since I was 18 years old. I began teaching Tuesday School around 1990. Tuesday School is one of the greatest joys in my life! I looooove interacting with the children, the other teachers, the parents, and as mentioned, most of all, the children!! I love to learn about the many paths of spirituality, and to practice with the kids. I am the director of Aspen Noise, a multi-generational singing group, which meets also on Tuesdays, at 5:30 pm after Tuesday School. I look forward to Tuesdays with great enthusiasm! I am grateful beyond words for the beauty and joy that the Aspen Chapel brings to my life! 
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Drew Sorenson

Sunday School Development

Drew, originally from Vermont, graduated from Denison University in 2014 with a degree in Biology and Education.  He worked for three summers as a substitute teacher in Vermont at a Turtle Island Daycare Center with infants to kindergarten aged kids.  He also has worked at Camp Agawam in Maine for three summers as a counselor teaching campers outdoor living, trekking, and ultimate frisbee.  He most recently has spent a year in Australia with the School for Field Studies working as the Student Affairs Manager for college students studying biology abroad there.  He is thrilled to be in Colorado and working with elementary school kids coming to Sunday school.

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Leanna Bonds

Sunday School Teacher
Leanna received her BA in Religious Studies and Integrated Educational Studies from Chapman University in Orange, CA. Growing up in the Roaring Fork Valley, Leanna has been part of the Aspen Chapel from a young age. She has attended both Sunday and Tuesday school and has also taught both these courses. After graduating college, Leanna moved across the country to Boston and was fortunate enough to work at the Museum of Science. Leanna fell in love with Maine when she spent time in Cobscook Bay while working on her Master’s program. She has always enjoyed working with kids and loves working at The Ecology School in Maine, where she is an outdoor Educator. Leanna is excited to be back in the valley and working again with the Aspen Chapel community.