Poudre School District Community: The Importance of Alumni Engagement 

Poudre School District inquired from a few PSD alum that are currently working on the construction site of Bamford Elementary about the importance of alumni engagement. PSD hopes that students will come back as alumni to help the district grow through connecting with the district and being involved after graduation. 

Christine Britton (maiden name, Beckman) is a Project Engineer for JVA, Incorporated. She attended Boltz Jr. High (now middle school) and graduated from Fort Collins High School in 2007. 

Brett Robinson is a Senior Project Manager for JVA, Incorporated. He graduated in 1991 from Rocky Mountain High School and attended at Blevins Middle School and Moore Elementary School. 

Ashley Kotsides is the Lead Architect at Hord Coplan Macht. She graduated in 2009 from Fossil Ridge High School and attended at Preston Middle School and Werner Elementary School. 

What does it mean to you to be a PSD alum? 

Christine – “I am very proud to be an alumna of several PSD schools. Our district is well known across the area for offering great education and I feel that the knowledge and skills that I garnered as a student at Boltz Middle School and Fort Collins High School helped build a great base for my future career as a structural engineer.” 

Brett – “I feel like I got a good education in a good atmosphere. I was in PSD for all of my primary and secondary education, at Moore Elementary, Blevins Middle School, and then Rocky Mountain High School, and all the way through I had great teachers who supported me and encouraged me.” 

Ashley – “PSD provided me with such a high caliber of teachers from Werner Elementary to Preston Middle School to Fossil Ridge High School that I was more than prepared and ready to take on a university setting. I had many options for different university classes. I already knew before applying to colleges that I was going to be an architect. In high school, I had the opportunity to try everything from being a part of musicals with choir, to being on the softball team, to going to state for Distributive Education Club of America and Future Business Leaders of America meant that I had many experiences I may not have had otherwise. I am very grateful that PSD gave me the foundation to now be living my dream of designing schools.” 

How can alumni be more engaged in PSD? 

Christine – “Alumni can be more engaged with PSD in several ways: follow school and district social media accounts to keep up with current happenings, attend athletic and performing arts events, and seek out volunteer or financial giving opportunities.” 

Brett – “This is a tough question; everyone will want to be engaged in different ways and at different levels. I think that as the schools engage more with the community it will engage more alumni. Since I don’t currently live within the district, I would participate in occasional things if they were publicized but am less likely to be able to engage by volunteering or supporting student activities like music, drama, or athletics.” 

Ashley – “I wish I could be personally more engaged! I honestly do not know of any current events or outreach opportunities that alum can engage with. I have so much PSD and Fort Collins pride, it would be great to be more involved.” 

How does it feel to be involved in the process of building a new school for your alma mater? 

Christine – “It is very rewarding to help design a new school for my alma mater. I am able to use my professional knowledge and skills built on my education from PSD to provide a new space in which kids get to learn. What’s really fun to think about is - that one day - kids that will attend these schools may also have the opportunity to work for or in the district.” 

Brett – “It is fun! I’m proud of being a PSD alumnus and it is fun to see the district and community growing and expanding.” 

Ashley – “Amazing! When Hord Coplan Macht was notified that we had won the Southeast elementary project I remember how excited I was and immediately asked to be on the project. I never would have guessed when I graduated from Fossil Ridge High School that I would be designing a new elementary school for PSD. Many people in my family have been educators, my mom is a teacher at Bethke Elementary! I did not inherit the teacher gene, but I have gone down a career path that I am still able to help the next generation by designing the best possible education facilities.” 


Are you interested in learning more about being involved as a PSD alum? 

PSD Alum are invited to join this LinkedIn alumni group and follow the district on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where opportunities to serve and be involved are posted throughout the school year.