Stapp Inspires  Educator Spotlight – A Time of Reflection

Hello! Welcome to our little corner of the world. We are so thankful you have taken a moment to stop by. We do want to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged us these last few weeks. We have all had concerns about the COVID-19 virus and how it affects our lives. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this together. We hope today’s blog will provide a little encouragement today. Now more than ever, we are so excited to share our newest Educator in our Stapp Inspires Educator Stoplight Series. We had the opportunity at the beginning of last month to meet with Jennifer White. Jennifer is a first grade teacher at Lyons Elementary. She is in the middle of her 12th year at Lyons, but has over 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings. 

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Jennifer freely admits she “fell into teaching” by chance. When she was living in San Francisco there was a substitute teacher shortage. She applied and had a principal encourage her to develop her skill as a teacher. The rest, as they say, is history. Jennifer has a calm presence that is the perfect fit when working with first graders. She loves first grade because of the growth she gets to see each year in her students. She thoroughly enjoys her families, staff and community support at Lyons Elementary School. 

 

Jennifer was at Lyons during the Flood of 2013. Lyons Elementary was shut down for months while the town regrouped and recovered. She spoke of how the entire St. Vrain community rallied around the Lyons schools providing support, oftentimes without being asked. She spoke of her concern for her students during this time and how they were doing. This is who Jennifer is, those students are like her own kids. This care and concern does not end when students leave her classroom. She talked about how she still runs into her former students even when they are in high school and wants to know what is happening in their lives. We have no doubt that this trait will help guide her current students through these challenging times. 

 

Jennifer, we thank you for taking the time to meet with us. And to our readers, thank you for supporting us. We are honored to be a part of this great community, and we will get through this together!

 

COVID-19 Update

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To Our Valued Guests-

During this challenging time, we at Stapp Interstate Toyota have been reminded how important our mission of “earning relationships that last generations” truly is.  Like you, we are constantly looking for guidance and direction from our local, state and federal government to help direct us how we can best support our community through the COVID-19 pandemic.  Automobile services have been classified as essential businesses and we will therefore remain open to serve our customers that need to have safe and reliable transportation.  We understand that vehicle repairs and regularly scheduled maintenance help ensure that your vehicle is safe and reliable for you and your family. With that being said, the safety of our customers and staff is of the highest importance and we are committed to consistently monitoring and follow recommendations from the CDC.  

 We want to invite our customers to take advantage of our same day and next day service appointments. You can schedule your appointment online here or call us at (303)776.1743. In addition to our traditional service appointment offerings, we are also temporarily giving our customer’s the following options:  

 No Contact Service Appointment: For those service customers who prefer no contact while their vehicle is being serviced please park your vehicle in the Night Time Drop Off/Early Bird Parking Area.  Place your keys in the Early Bird/Unattended Drop Off secure lock box, in the envelope provided. Call the dealership service department at (303).776.1743 and advise, that you have left your keys in the night drop box. Enjoy our Service Customer waiting area, that is set up to respect social distancing.  Read a book on the benches, at the various locations on our display lot or go for a walk on the nearby trails. When your vehicle is complete we will contact you to accept payment over the phone, if applicable, and return your keys and paper work in your vehicle.  

Pick up / drop off Concierge Service Appointments:  For those service customers who don’t feel comfortable leaving their home during this time, we will be offering a few pick up / drop off concierge appointments per day.  This appointment would consist of one of our employees picking up the customer’s vehicle at their home (with in a 15 mile radius of the dealership), driving it to our Dealership and returning it to them once the service on the vehicle is complete.  

Complimentary Loaner Vehicle Service Appointments:  For those customers who would prefer to not wait on-site while their vehicle is being serviced at our Dealership, we will be offering a few complimentary loaner vehicle appointments per day.  This appointment would consist of the customer driving the vehicle to our Dealership and being given a TRAC (Toyota Rental Car) vehicle to use while the service is being performed. Upon completion, the customer would return the TRAC vehicle to our Dealership and pick up their vehicle.  

No matter which service appointment option you choose we are also putting in each vehicle; a seat cover, floor mat cover, steering wheel cover and shifter cover before each service and removing them just before we return your vehicle to you.    

 

Should you need to purchase a vehicle, we are here to help you too. We have launched an online purchase process with the following options: 

 Vehicle Care: Vehicles in our inventory will be treated with a pre-drive sanitation process.  This includes wiping down high touch areas such as steering wheels, door handles, display screens, instrument clusters, and window operational buttons.  We also have protective gloves and seat covers available for use. Your vehicle will also be treated pre and post appraisal to ensure the safety of our staff and our customers. 

Online Purchase Options: The option is flexible but could include one of our employees bringing a vehicle to the customer at their home, guidance through how to complete an online Loan/Lease Pre-Approval, a sight unseen appraisal  for your trade-In, and in some cases, we can even complete the final paperwork and delivery at your home.

 

At Stapp Interstate Toyota, we strive to take care of the people in the community in which we work and live in, especially our Team Members and the valued Customers our Dealership serves.  Please call us at 303.776.1743 with any questions you may have or to set up an appointment.

Sincerely,

Brion Stapp

Dealer Principal

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2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road Package Highlights:

Check out just a few of the features on the 2020 RAV4 Toyota TRD Off-Road Package: 

 

Exterior:

-18” 6-spoke matte-black TRD flow formed alloy wheels with 225/60R18 100H Tires

-Falken WILDPEAK all terrain tires

-LED Daytime Running Lights

-Integrated LED fog lights

-Unique color-keyed upper and black lower front bumper

-TRD-tuned independent MacPherson strut front suspension with stabilizer bar; multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bar

-Power tilt/slide moonroof with one-touch open/close

-Black RAV4 and TRD Off-Road Badging

-Red Painted coil springs

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Interior Features:

-SofTex-trimmed front seats with red accents and stitching, embossed seat inserts and TRD stitching

-Red- accented interior, including red stitching on dash, doors and seat

-TRD all-weather floor mats and cargo liner

 

Powertrain:

-Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (TV-AWD) with Rear Driveline Disconnect

-Multi-Terrain Select (MUD & SAND, ROCK & DIRT, and SNOW modes)

 

Need even more on your new 2020 RAV4 Toyota TRD-Off Road?

 

Then check out these AVAILABLE Options and Packages: 

 

TRD Off- Road Weather Package Includes:

-Heated Steering Wheel

-Perforated heated and ventilated front seats

-Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers with de-icer function

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Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL includes:

-11 JBL speakers (in 9 locations) including subwoofer and amplified 

 

TRD Off-Road Technology Package (requires Premium Audio with JBL) includes:

-Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, overhead 360 degree view in low speed Drive and Reverse and curb view

-Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking (PA w/AB)

-Digital Rearview mirror with HomeLink Universal transceiver

-Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

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Again, this is just a few of the features and options that are available on the all new 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road package. Feel free to stop by to ask us questions or take one out for a test drive! To see what we currently have in inventory check out: http://bit.ly/2N42L2u

 

Stapp Inspires Educator Spotlight – Soaring to New Heights

Welcome back! We have to admit after taking last month off for Winter Break, we were anxious to go meet our next Stapp Inspires Educator. We would like to honor Chris Schmitz, Middle School Computer Technology Teacher at Soaring Heights PK-8, as our February 2020 Stapp Inspires Educator! If this is your first time visiting us, welcome! Each month we take the time to highlight an educator in St. Vrain Valley Schools who inspires others. We are right in the middle of our third year of highlights, and we always leave each meeting inspired by our recipients. This month is no different.

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We had the opportunity to visit Chris and learn a little more about this incredible educator. Chris has been in education for the last five years. He started his teaching career at Red Hawk Elementary before coming over to Soaring Heights when it opened. Chris spent many years in the mobile tech arena, before a need at his children’s school brought about the opportunity to go back for his teaching certificate. 

 

His excitement for this field and the opportunity to encourage his students to explore this space is evident. Chris sees himself as a guide to his students, not someone who has all the answers. He will admit he does not have all the answers, and allows his students to work on projects that spark their interest. He wants his students to try out their ideas, make mistakes, and then learn from those mistakes. Chris believes this allows his students to be resilient and persistent, which will lead to creative problem solvers. He will lead students through their thought process in order for students to process their project plan and the success or failure of that plan.

 

This skill is a valuable asset as his students approach high school. Chris is inspired by his students when they have an idea. He strives to have his students own their own body of work and become creators – not just consumers of technology.

 

Chris believes that if he can instill the flexibility of the mind – critical thinking, and problem solving skills – his students will continue to find success long after they leave his classroom. He wants his students to find success in whatever path they carve out for themselves. His positive influence on his students’ lives will be with them long after their days in middle school are over. 

 

Chris we want to thank you for taking the time to meet with us. We learned a lot and left inspired. We wish you the best this upcoming year. We hope you will join us next month as we highlight another Inspiring Educator!

 

Stapp Inspires Spotlight Organization- I Have A Dream Foundation-Boulder County

Hello and welcome! We are excited to take a closer look at our Stapp Inspires Organization—the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County. Each year we spotlight 5 or 6 different organizations that are making a difference in our community. We are proud to partner with each one and hope you will check back often as we highlight these inspiring organizations. 

 The “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County was founded in 1990 and follows the national “I Have A Dream” model, which was established in New York in 1981 by philanthropist Eugene Lang. The Boulder County affiliate was launched in 1990 when area philanthropists discovered the then-dismal 35% graduation rate for youth from low-income areas and wanted to make a change in their community. Since 1990, the Foundation has served over 1,100 students (called “Dreamer Scholars”) and 4,000 community members. They have graduated 10 Dreamer Scholar classes and are currently serving nearly 700 students throughout Boulder County and Weld County. 90% of Dream Scholars graduate from high school and 85% enroll in post secondary education, at rates twice that of their peers. 

The mission of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation is to empower children from low-income communities in Boulder County to succeed in school, college, and career by providing academic, social and emotional support from elementary through college as well as post-secondary tuition assistance. The organization’s multi-faceted approach includes: creating support networks, providing mentors, teaching social and emotional life skills, ensuring career readiness, and supporting academic success through tutoring and workshops. The Foundation provides students with 39 weeks of in-school, after-school, and summer programming for 12+ years, and also serves parents through home visits and parent workshops. 

In 2020, “I Have A Dream”  is celebrating its 30th Anniversary, with a focus on how the Foundation has impacted students and families in St Vrain Valley School District and Boulder Valley School District.  “I Have A Dream” starts early, supportingstudents in first grade and working with them to and through high school graduation, and on to a successful career or post-secondary education. 

Dreamer Scholars have access to a wide range of community support and opportunities that help to close the opportunity gap in Boulder County, thus helping to level the playing field for children who might not have access to the same resources as their more affluent peers.

The success of the last 30 years would not have been possible without community support. From the staff who day-in and day-out give their all to these students, to the 700volunteers who help out with programming or serve as mentors, and hundreds of donors, “ I Have A Dream” has been able to positively impact the lives of not only Dreamer Scholars, but Boulder County and Weld County at large. We can’t wait to see what the next 30 years will bring and the stories the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County will share. 

If you want more information, or want to volunteer or donate, check out: http://bit.ly/2sNMFDk 

Thank you for stopping by, we hope you enjoyed our overview of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County. Check back next time as we highlight another inspiring organization in our community!

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Stapp Inspires Educator Spotlight – A Teacher For The Generations

Welcome back, thanks for checking out our little corner of the world. Every month we highlight an educator in St. Vrain Valley Schools. One who is making a positive impact on those around them. We have been on this journey for two and a half years now, and it has been a privilege to bring their stories to you. This month we are excited to highlight José Quezoda, World Language Teacher at Skyline High School. 

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José has been teaching within St. Vrain Valley Schools for 24 years – the last 13 years at Skyline High School. His classes include Spanish and AP Spanish. He might be a high school teacher right now, but that hasn’t always been the case. At certain times in his career he could be found in a kindergarten classroom or in a middle school math class. You don’t often find a teacher and think, “Yes, I can see you teaching and having a positive impact no matter what level you are teaching.” 

 

In talking with José you quickly discover how one person could be a great teacher no matter what classroom they are in. José puts an emphasis on building and maintaining relationships with his students and their families. He spoke passionately about the joy he gets from being with his students, helping them embrace multiple cultures. He spoke of a time when he taught English as a second language through Adult Education classes. Teaching students and their parents at the same time. He laughed as he said, “I had parents tell their kids, you better do well because Mr. Quezoda is a great teacher.”

 

We asked José what took him from the elementary level to the high school level. His answer was simple, yet powerful. “As a young teacher, I started in secondary grades, but quickly realized I needed to develop my skills as an educator. Moving to elementary grades allowed me to do that and gain confidence. I began to see a need in my community for a Hispanic male role model in the schools. That is when I decided to pursue a teaching position within a high school.” 

 

He saw students struggling to engage with their learning and knew that he had the power to make a difference in his community. He sees the potential in his students and pushes them to excel. This relationship doesn’t end once a student graduates – most of his students are in his class for three years. Students actively seek José out to update him on their lives. More than once he has had a former student tell him he couldn’t retire until their child had been in his class. 

 

José, thank you for taking the time to meet with us. It was an honor to meet you and we wish you every success in the future. To our readers, thank you for joining us every month. We hope you will come back next month. 

 

Stapp Inspires Educator Spotlight – A Lifelong Learner

Welcome back to our Stapp Inspires Educator Spotlight Series. Each month we highlight a different educator, administrator, support staff, or student who is inspiring those around them. This month we are so excited to highlight Kathy Digsby, a first grade teacher at Centennial Elementary. 

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When we visited the weather was a bit snowy and cold, but we were immediately greeted with warmth the moment we stepped into Kathy’s classroom. Kathy has been at Centennial Elementary for four years, having spent another 16 years teaching at the elementary level at another school district. Kathy always had the desire to teach in the community she lives in, so when the opportunity opened at Centennial, she jumped at the chance. 

 

Kathy has a gentle and understanding personality that helps foster a learning community in her classroom. She is fascinated by her students and the leaps they make in their learning. Kathy believes that young students have an innate yearning to learn and at this stage are little sponges that soak up everything. This foundation permeates throughout her classroom. She was intentional in how she set up her classroom. She wanted to create a warm and welcoming environment where students feel comfortable taking risks as they learn. Kathy wants to empower her students to take control of their learning and create a community where students lean on each other for support. 

 

Students are encouraged to work where they feel comfortable. If they have a question they are encouraged to ask three classmates for help before asking ‘Mrs. D’ for assistance. Kathy said that this helps cut down on interruptions while she is teaching a smaller group, but also empowers students to take control of their own lessons. She believes classwork should be more authentic and relatable for students to succeed.

 

We asked Kathy what was her motivation, what kept her going. She said, “If you don’t continue to learn, you stop growing as a person. You grow when you are exposed to different thinking.” It is worth noting that Kathy went back to college later in life to compete her teaching degree. Since then, she has continued to expand her learning, which she brings back to the classroom. 

 

She enjoys collaborating with her younger colleagues, adding that they help her think outside of the box. Although, if we had to guess, her colleagues are just as encouraged by Kathy’s insight and knowledge. She also enjoys collaborating with her daughter, who teaches 2nd grade.

 

Kathy, thank you for inviting us into your classroom. It was a joy to meet you. We wish you a wonderful school year! We hope you will join us next time as we continue highlighting the incredible people who make St. Vrain Valley Schools great!

 

Stapp Inspires Educator Highlight – The Magician

Hello again! Thank you for spending time with us as we highlight our October Stapp Inspires Educator. If this is your first time visiting us, welcome we are so glad you found our little corner of the blogosphere. Every month we highlight an educator within St. Vrain Valley Schools who is inspiring those around them. This month is no different, we would like to introduce you to Jason Kelsall, Instructional Technology Coach for the Niwot Feeder System. 

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Jason is in his fourth year in this district and his tenth in education. He started out in another local school district as an elementary Visual Arts and Technology teacher. In this role, he started to explore how to bridge the gap between art and technology students coming to ‘Mr. K’s’. He was able to see how technology could amplify what is going on inside the classroom. This early career challenge has helped fuel his drive and passion today. 

 

Jason was drawn to education with a desire to have the most impact on the world around him. He wakes up each day with a desire to make the world a better place and by supporting students and teachers to be their best, he believes he is meeting his goal. Jason strives to help students and teachers achieve that “magic moment” – where students go from being consumers of content to creators of content. Teachers are empowered to take the skills they have learned and use them in their classroom to further enhance their student’s learning. 

 

Jason is at his best when he is in the classroom working side by side with students and teachers. The privilege and ability to help integrate technology into learning drives Jason to explore new and different ways to push boundaries of what is possible in the classroom. While Jason no longer has a classroom he calls his own, he feels he has one big classroom at each of the schools he supports. He is on a first name basis with many of the students in the Niwot feeder, and he is encouraged and inspired when his students come up and ask when he gets to come to their classroom again. 

 

While Jason does focus on helping students use technology in their learning, he also has a passion to equip teachers to do the same. Jason helps run and maintain Schoology, a platform utilized by the district to deliver content to students and teachers. Jason is also dedicated to the teachers he works with.  He helps creates professional development classes for his peers in the district, so they can be confident in implementing new and different technologies in their own classrooms. He gets just as much satisfaction watching teachers have their “magic moment” as the students he works with. Jason truly looks for ways to help elevate and encourage those around him in everything he does. 

 

Jason, thank you for taking the time to meet with us and we are inspired by your thought and dedication to your students and staff. We wish you a wonderful school year. We hope everyone will come back next month as we highlight another educator in the district who is inspiring others to do their best!

 

Stapp Inspires Organization Spotlight-Imagine! 

This month we are so excited to introduce you to our newest Stapp Inspires Spotlight Organization–Imagine! Imagine!  was established in 1963 by a group of parents determined to see that their children with developmental disabilities had the opportunity  to participate in their community. Since that beginning Imagine! has grown to offer a continuum of services to provide support for people throughout their lifetime.   

 

The mission of Imagine! Is to create a world of opportunity for all abilities. Imagine! offers a wide variety of programs tailored specifically for an individual’s needs. The majority of Imagine!’s Services can be divided into two main categories: Community Centered Board Services and Direct Support Services.

 

A Community Centered Board (CCB) is a local area’s single point of entry into local, state, and federally funded programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a community. Imagine! is currently one of 20 CCBs in Colorado, serving Boulder and Broomfield counties. Imagine!’s CCB services include coordination of Early Intervention Services, Family Support Services, and Case Management Services.

 

In addition to CCB services, Imagine! also has several departments that provide Direct Support Services. These are designed to incorporate people with developmental, cognitive, and physical challenges into the fabric of their communities. Services include educational and therapeutic services, job training and placement, recreation and leisure activities, opportunities for community living, and behavioral health services.

 

We had the opportunity to visit two different programs Imagine! offers to the community. We took a tour of the Charles Family SmartHome. This state of the art home is designed to enhance the quality of life for the residents. This well planned out house has features that allow the residents to be independent. For example, the kitchen is outfitted with counter tops that can be lowered or raised to accommodate individuals who use a wheelchair. Each resident has their own room that reflects their own unique personalities. 

 

The SmartHomes are also a living laboratory to design and test developing technologies, that may be then moved out to individual or family homes so that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities may remain in more independent and natural settings. 

 

On the other end of the spectrum we had to opportunity to join one of their Messy Play Days. This one was known as Splash Bash! As you can see Imagine!  works with the youngest in our community as well. By offering Early Intervention services Imagine! is able to help children the support they need to achieve a life of fulfilling life of new possibilities. 

 

Another big part of Imagine!’s mission is their Employing For Good Program. Imagine!’s Supported Employment program has partnered with businesses for over 30 years in Boulder and Broomfield counties, employing individuals with developmental disabilities. With support from trained Imagine! employees, these hard working and reliable individuals are eager to jump into the market and prove their skills at companies within our community! 

 

While we were only able to touch on just a few of Imagine!’s outstanding programs, we hope you will take the time to look into this great organization and see how they are positively impacting our community. We also want to thank Imagine!’s staff, individuals, and families who invited us in to learn more about this inspiring organization! 

 

Stapp Inspires Educator Spotlight – Strength In Numbers

Today is our favorite day around here. Every month we have the opportunity to introduce you to another inspiring educator in St. Vrain Valley Schools. This is our third year of traveling around the district getting to know the people around us who are inspiring the next generation. If this is your first time visiting us, thanks for stopping by. We hope that you will continue to join us and the rest of our community as we highlight a different educator each month. 

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We are so excited to introduce you to Mead Middle School Math and Special Education Teacher, Amanda White. Amanda has been teaching at Mead Middle School since 2011 and taught at the high school level for four years before moving to Colorado. 

Amanda has a warm and welcoming personality and this is reflected in her classroom. She understands her students’ struggles when they enter into her classroom. Often these students have given in to “labels” that have been assigned to them at some point in time in their life.  Middle chool can be a challenging time in a student’s life. They are learning who they are, what they want to be. To be different or to stand out from everyone else can be discouraging. Amanda creates a safe place for these students.

Amanda is inspired by the relationships she is able to build with her students. By building a relationship built on trust, she is able to push her students to the point of frustration. But she doesn’t leave them at that point. She comes alongside her students, helping them walk through that point and peel back the layers. When her students make that breakthrough, that “lightbulb” moment, she sees their confidence grow. Not only are they able to learn content, they are given the opportunity to become leaders, to advocate for themselves. Amanda allows her students to teach their peers, because the best way to learn something is to be able to teach that content to someone else. 

Amanda wants to help her students flip how they see themselves. That they are able to thrive, advocate for themselves and be leaders in the school. She wants her students to celebrate their mistakes, ‘fail forward’, as she calls it.

She has walked in their shoes. She had two teachers one in middle school and one in high school, who encouraged her to change her thoughts about herself and what she was capable of doing. Amanda was shown how to play off her strengths and be successful. If Amanda can change one student’s path, her journey was worth it. 

We asked Amanda what she would tell her eighth graders on the last day before moving on to high school. “First and foremost, if you are present and trying you are 90 percent of the way there. Our relationship isn’t ending, it’s just changing.” 

Amanda, thank you for all that you do for your students. We are certain you have changed more than one student’s path!