2022 Hall of Fame Finalists
Charter School Educator of the Year Finalist
Mrs. Ashleigh Dewar
Mrs. Ashleigh Dewar
5th/6th Grade Teacher
Ashleigh has been teaching at Westgate for six years. Inside the classroom Ashleigh shares her love of social studies through problem and project-based learning like when her students create an artifact museum for their world studies class or in math when students calculate area and perimeter by making their own taco trucks. Ms. Andrea Nieto nominated Ashleigh and she says, "I teach the 7th and 8th graders and am honored to have Ashleigh's students coming up to me. Year after year I hear from students who were personally touched by not only the way Mrs. Dewar taught but even more so by how she cared for each individual student and took the time and effort to build students social emotional learning skills as well as their academic skills." Ms. Nieto also quoted one of Mrs. Dewar's students who said, "Mrs. Dewar was always there for me when I needed her, and she made learning fun!”
In addition to her committment to teaching, Ashleigh volunteers on several school committees including her time as a liaison for the School Accountability Committee, membership in the service-learning Professional Learning Committee, 5th/6th grade team leader and membership on the MTSS committee.
Mrs. Dewar shows up every day dedicated to her profession, community and students.
Most Valuable Charter Contributor Finalist
Mrs. Chelsea Crow
Director of Finance and Operations
The Westgate Board of Directors nominated Mrs. Crow who has led the business office since 2013. She is responsible for both finance and human resources and is uniquely able to balance detail-oriented operations and long-term strategy that takes into account legislative, political, and cultural trends. She makes a large impact by understanding the difference between what is urgent and what is important and handling each with the appropriate care.
Chelsea was hired in 2013 to manage a budget that barely broke even. Westgate’s recent refinance commenced with a Moody’s investment grade rating and inclusion in Colorado’s Moral Obligation program. As a result of her financial guidance, Westgate has replaced smart boards, furniture, paint, computers throughout the school and installed a brand-new lift. Westgate also just completed an exciting new outdoor campus including chickens, goats, bees, and pollinator gardens in partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado and Adams County Open Space.
Chelsea’s skills are exceptional as is her commitment to Westgate Community School’s mission and vision. She believes in our school, and we believe in her. Chelsea Crow is a model of excellence for charter school business management.