Be Useful, Work Hard, & Ask for Help
James is a force of music, adventure, and humor. He does it all; from playing three instruments (drums, synthesizer, and tuba) to skiing down mountains fast, to mastering impressions of some of his favorite animated characters. James exudes warmth and is a natural leader. If given the opportunity, he’ll show you his favorite DVDs, VHS, and CDs from his extensive collection. He loves to share his passions with others including his passion for Wellspring’s Online Program.
James participates in Wellspring Online from his home on the western slope. The Online Program not only gives James an opportunity to further explore his interests in his Music Club, Disney Dynamics, and Magic School Bus classes, but also gives him an opportunity to connect with others. James LOVES his teachers and has a very difficult time deciding on his favorite class, but what he likes most about the Online Program is, “… that I get to interact with other people that have disabilities, like me.” Through Wellspring Online James has found that he has a lot in common with the friends he has made in his classes from his interest in movies to using a wheelchair to support his mobility. Though he is miles away from his fellow online STARS and teachers, he has a strong sense of community and belonging.
Next month, Wellspring Online is launching an advisory board of which James will be a founding member. In fact, he has the opportunity to collaborate with the Online Program Team in course creations for the next trimester. Through his online classes, he has shined as a leader and is hopeful that upcoming classes will reflect his values of being useful, working hard and never giving up, as well as asking for help when you need it.
James is excited to share that he has just started rehearsals with Symphony in the Valley, where he will be playing the tuba. He is committed to doing more of the activities he loves and his music will certainly shine.
Wellspring Online offers the innovation, values, and expertise of our in-person program combined with the accessibility and flexibility of being remote. The online program is available to anyone and you don’t have to be a current star to access. To learn more, visit Wellspring Online.
Meet the Team
We are so excited to introduce you to the newest members of the Wellspring Team! Each new staff member answered a few questions to help you get to know them better. Not featured Marty (Program Teacher)
Print Shop Teacher
How do you spend your free time?
Traveling, reading, knitting, walking, and time with my family.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Italy – I love the country, the history, and the people. The country has so much variety in the landscape and the people are so nice there.
What brought you to Wellspring?
Back in 2020, I was at Zach Parrish park with my kids & happened to run into a group of STARS. We had just moved down to Castle Rock & I had been looking for a place to volunteer with & I have a passion for the IDD community, so I started chatting with the teacher. Fast forward to 2023 & I finally had the ability to get involved & reached out to Wellspring. I started as a volunteer for about 6 months & then the teacher I was volunteering with put it on my heart to start teaching AND here we are.
How do you spend your free time?
During my free time you’ll usually find me hanging out with my family. Some of our favorite family activities are skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, reading, playing games (both board & video), crafts, working out & snuggling.
Welcome to Wellspring Community Tour
Experience Wellspring! Learn more about the heart of our mission and connect with our community.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
- February 8th
- February 22nd
- March 14th
Club 21 is a once-a-month social event hosted by Wellspring Community and designed to give adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a place to socialize, relax and have a great time. Club 21 also gives parents and caregivers a night off! Participants MUST preregister and pay.
The next Club 21 is on February 16th, join us for a Valentine’s dance!
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