Julie Thigpen – School Nurse

I was raised in Jacksonville Florida and I received my BSN from the University of North Florida. After graduating from nursing school and passing my nursing boards I worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Jacksonville for 2 years and 1 year in Colorado. After working 3 years in the NICU I wanted to pursue a different area of nursing.  My husband, Larry, works in Aurora Public Schools (APS) and he suggested I look into school nursing. I visited a few school clinics in APS and I fell in love with school nursing.

People often say school nursing is “easy and all you do is apply Band-Aids”, but I work harder most days in the school clinic than I did in the intensive care unit! I never know what to expect each day at work and I love working with students and their families. My goal each day is to help students feel safe and healthy at school so they are able to focus in the classroom and achieve their goals.

This is my 19th year working in APS. I was at South Middle School for 6 years; Murphy Creek K-8 for 4 years and this is my ninth year at Vista Peak. I am an avid runner and have coached Track in APS for 8 years at both the middle school and high school level. I am currently the head Cross Country coach at Vista Peak Prep.

Larry and I have been married for 20 years and we have 2 children. Sabrina is 14 years old and a freshman at Vista Peak Prep. Jeremiah is 8 years old and in 3rd grade at Vista Peak. Our family loves spending time outdoors exploring the beautiful nature of Colorado. We are also HUGE Bronco fans!

Email: jathigpen@aurorak12.org