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Business Briefs: New Our School, CORE directors named

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Our School Nursery and Pre School in Glenwood Springs has named Kelsey Clapper as its new executive director, following the departure of longtime former director Megan Pluger.

Clapper is a Roaring Fork Valley native and has been in early childhood education since 2012. She is also the mother of two children, according to a news release from the school’s board of directors. 

Kelsey Clapper
Kelsey-Clapper

“She fell in love with following the child, getting down to their level and playing alongside them, and based her early childhood education following the Montessori Method,” the release states.



In 2015, Clapper received her credential in Montessori Infant and Toddler in Boulder, and her state Director’s Certificate through Colorado Mountain College. Recently, she returned to school to receive her Bachelor’s in Psychology.

“With her early childhood Education and Psychology knowledge, Kelsey aspires to aid and lead the teachers, staff, parents, and community of ‘Our School,'” the release states.



Meanwhile, the school says goodbye to Pluger, who began her Our School journey as a parent, volunteer and substitute teacher. In 2007, she began working as a teacher at the school and became director certified during her time as a teacher. She moved into the executive director role in 2017.

Ryland French joins CORE

Former city of Aspen and Aspen Skiing Co. employee Ryland French has joined the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) as its first Senior Director of Regional Climate Strategy.

“The addition of French to the CORE team marks the next major step in the organization’s commitment to accelerate climate action in the Roaring Fork Valley,” a release states.

CORE established the new position in direct response to the growing urgency of the climate crisis, the release states.

Through his work with the city of Aspen and more recently for Aspen Skiing Co., French designed and managed high-impact projects like the Aspen Energy Challenge and employee housing Hub at Willits.

“The valley is having a moment, and the communities are saying we need to do more,” French said in the release. “We want to have a bigger impact and we need it faster, and I’m really excited about that moment.”

CORE is also wrapping its search for a new CEO and is moving to a more centralized location to better serve the Roaring Fork Valley, the release also states.


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