Golden High School Grad

Dear Jefferson County School Board,


I no longer live in JeffCo, but have been following what has been happening in the school district.  It has been brought to my attention that the current school board would like to know how successful JeffCo alumni are.  How are we using the education we got in JeffCo schools?


My husband, Jason and I are both graduates of Golden High School (classes 1998 and 1999).  After meeting at GHS in 1996, we married in 2004, and now have two children of our own. Jason studied criminal justice at Red Rocks Community College, and is currently a Sheriff Deputy for Denver County. I went to college and graduated with a BFA with an emphasis in graphic design from the Metropolitan State College of Denver.  For more than 10 years, I worked as a Real Estate Assistant doing marketing and advertising for several different Realtors in Colorado.  Eventually, I was able to leave my full-time job and stay home full time with my two children.  In addition to being a full-time stay at home wife and mother, I also own my own business, and we own and operate our own small backyard farm.


The school district that we went to prepared us for life.  I graduated from GHS after only 3 ½ years. The skills I learned, the friends I made, and the lessons learned at GHS have helped shaped me as a person and set the path my life would take. 


My middle school years were rough!  I had an above average amount of preteen stress.  In addition to the typical preteen issues of managing school, friends, and peer pressure; my father was diagnosed with cancer, and passed away when I was in 7th grade. In 8th grade, my family relocated to Colorado from Vermont.  When I started in high school, it was a fresh start and provided me with some much needed stability. The teachers and staff at GHS helped me cope with everything that was going on in my personal life, as well providing me with a great education. 


Most of the life skills that I use on an every day basis I learned at GHS.  While I can’t say I regret getting my BFA; it’s simply not that useful to me on a daily basis.  What is much more useful is the relationships class I took at GHS; the business classes I took at GHS; the customer service skills I learned working in the main office and attendance office at GHS; the public speaking skills I learned while competing in Forensics; and the list goes on.


Basically, I wouldn’t be where I am today with out my education that I got in JeffCo schools.  I met my husband there; I am still in contact with many of my classmates from GHS; and the classes I took at GHS provided me invaluable life lessons.  I feel confident answering my 9 year old daughter’s questions about math, history, and language arts, because I know that I received a quality education from Golden High School.



Bethany Leyshon

GHS Class of ‘99