The Colorado Association of School Nurses recently named Julie Thigpen of Vista PEAK Exploratory
Colorado School Nurse of the Year
! The award honors Thigpen's demonstration of excellence in leadership, teamwork, vision, community partnership and innovation.
Prior to pursuing a career in school nursing, Thigpen nurtured infants in Neonatal Intensive Care units. It wasn't until she visited a few clinics in Aurora Public Schools that she realized her passion to serve students. Thigpen has now been a vital nurse in APS for almost 20 years, having served at South Middle School and Murphy Creek P-8 before calling Vista PEAK Exploratory home.
"People often say school nursing is 'easy and all you do is apply Band-Aids,' but I work harder most days in the school clinic than I did in the intensive care unit! I never know what to expect each day at work and I love working with students and their families. My goal each day is to help students feel safe and healthy at school so they are able to focus in the classroom and achieve their goals."
In APS, we believe student achievement and growth are driven by a highly-effective and respected staff working as a team. We are proud to have a team member who leads like Thigpen on our team.