At New Summit, we take student health seriously. We are proud to offer a health team composed of an NP, RN, and CNA. 80% of our staff is CPR certified and we have 2 AEDs ready in case of an emergency.
Meet the Health Team
Sharon is a native of Richmond, Virginia who moved to Colorado Springs in June 2017 with her husband, two children, and two cats. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Religion as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing. She is a licensed advanced practice nurse and has been a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2005. Sharon has experience in family practice, cardiology, and emergency medicine. She also taught religion to 1st and 2nd graders for a year and worked as a night nurse at a boarding school for girls. She got went into nursing after being impacted by the deep needs of children in Romanian orphanages where she had been many times to provide humanitarian aid. She has also traveled to Haiti and to El Salvador to provide medical care for the communities there. Sharon’s favorite part of being a nurse practitioner is the relationships she is able to develop with her patients and their families. She looks forward to getting to know the children at New Summit as the school nurse and helping to make sure they are physically, mentally and emotionally ready to learn.
Jennifer is honored to be the new addition to the awesome healthcare team at New Summit! She will be job sharing with Sharon Begin (our PA) and working as the new part-time nurse. She likes to go by the name Jen; however, if there is more than one Jennifer or Jen working, she likes to be called Yolanda as It prevents confusion!
Jennifer has been a registered nurse for 19+ years. Her background consists of med-surg, critical care, pediatrics, acute care, emergency care, nursing management, home health, and forensic nursing. She was also an officer in the United States Air Force for 4 years. Within that time period, she had experience as a charge nurse, nurse educator, and nurse manager. She also has a Master of Science in Nursing as a Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Jennifer has a wonderful husband who has kept her out of trouble for 13 years and 2 “highly spirited” boys, ages 6 1/2 and 8 years. She is from central New York (not New York City) and believes there is always time for “Dance Party USA!” She also believes there should always be a “Quote of the Day” and particularly likes “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”
Even though she does not have experience as a school nurse, she looks forward to opening up this exciting chapter in her life and learning something new! She looks forward to
being part of the New Summit family and meeting all our families!
Jessica has lived in Colorado Springs for the past 3 years after relocating from Kansas where she was raised. She is a U.S. Navy Veteran who has over 15 years of experience in the medical field due to her training as a Hospital Corpsman. In addition to this, she worked for the Veterans Affairs Health Administration system in a VA Hospital and Clinic for over 11 years. With her personal and professional background, she brings an array of knowledge to New Summit Charter Academy in many different areas such as ADD/ADHD, Autism, Sensory needs, Anxiety, and chronic illnesses such as Type 1 Diabetes and Asthma. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, being outdoors, cooking, reading, laughing, and drinking coffee. Over the past year, Jessica has been volunteering in her daughter’s kindergarten class and at church. She is also involved with the JDRF in Denver advocating on behalf of her daughter and many other children with Type 1 Diabetes. Jessica is very excited to be a part of New Summit and is eager to help your child and family have a safe and fun school year!
NOTE: If your student has medical conditions (such as seizures, life-threatening allergies, asthma, diabetes and/or requires services such as medication at school, G-tube feedings, tracheostomy care, etc.) a separate health plan and health care provider’s orders are required to be updated every school year. Please contact the school nurse for specific instructions and required forms to be completed in place by the first day of school.
- Asthma Care Plan – For those with Allergies
- Colorado Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan and Medication Orders – For those with Severe Allergies
- Seizure Action Plan – For those with Seizures
- Diabetes – Please notify the school nurse prior to school starting if your child has Type 1 Diabetes.