Why are we doing this? As a student, I was always looking for relevancy and purpose. As an educator, I strive to develop learning experiences and environments that are authentic and engaging so that children never even think to ask that question. When I learned that GSES was making the shift to Expeditionary Learning, I jumped at the chance to lead the school in this transition.

I began my career in education after graduating with a degree in History from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 1995. After graduation, I spent the summer working as the director of outdoor adventure at a camp in Minnesota. I found my career path while watching children discover and learn in such a natural, uninhibited way. In 1999, I obtained my Master’s of Education degree from the University of Minnesota with a focus on Elementary and Environmental Education and began my work in public schools. In Duluth, MN, I was a classroom teacher, teacher-educator and was a member of the founding team that opened a small high school with a project-based learning model. In 1998, I returned to Colorado to teach and lead at a project-based learning school in Ft. Collins, Colorado (my hometown). During this time I completed my work in Supervision and Evaluation from Colorado State University.

My husband Chris and I love living in Glenwood Springs and think it is a fabulous place to raise our three boys. We spend our time boating, hiking, fishing and love jamming on our family band in the basement. I recharge my batteries by taking long trail runs with friends and my dog, Lacy.


Audrey Hazleton



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Habits of a Scholar

At GSES, we know that there is a relationship between our “habits” of work and learning and student achievement. Practicing our five habits help us to “do our best” and “be our best” in school and life every day.  

GSES Habits of a Scholar

Enthusiasm and Wonder: I can be excited and curious about learning and working with others. 

Teamwork: I can work with others to achieve a common goal.

Compassion: I can care for myself and others.

Responsibility: I can be trusted to make good choices.

Determination: I can stick to a challenge even though it may be difficult.



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