Theresa "Tracy" Elizabeth Vsetecka

December 8, 1970January 31, 2019

Tracy (Phelan) Vsetecka passed away January 31, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO at the age of 48. She is survived by her husband Kirk; children Johnathan (Emily), Abby, and Ryan; mother Carol; and siblings Mike (Michelle), Kathy (Dutch), and Steve (Kerry). Tracy was born in Davenport, Iowa on December 8, 1970. She graduated from Heidelberg (Germany) High and obtained her degree in elementary education from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Tracy began her teaching career in Widefield School District 3 in 1994 at Talbott Elementary. After being the Assistant Principal at Pinello and Widefield Elementary Schools, Tracy was the Principal of Widefield Elementary for 10 years. Tracy was named the Principal of Talbott Elementary School in 2015 and led the initiative for the school to become Talbott STEAM Innovation School. Tracy gave of her time to school, church, and charities. Tracy’s engaging presence, positive nature, and ever-present smile made a lasting impact on all she knew and those she had only just met. Tracy loved her family and made sure they were always the center of her existence. Tracy was an inspiration to others and was truly beloved and adored by all. Celebration of Life will be held at Pikes Peak Christian Church (4955 Bradley Rd. 80911) on Saturday, February 9 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tracy Vsetecka Scholarship via the following link:


  • Kirk Vsetecka, Husband
  • Johnathan (Emily) Vsetecka, Son
  • Abby Vsetecka, Daughter
  • Ryan Vsetecka, Son


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 9, 2019

Theresa "Tracy" Elizabeth Vsetecka

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Sue Harper

February 6, 2019

I am saddened to hear of Tracy's passing. She was a colleague, an exemplary educator, and a friend to everyone she met.
I had been teaching 4th grade at Talbott Elementary for four years when Tracy was hired to teach 6th grade. I have a vivid memory of her which took place on the playground. I must have had recess duty. (Why else would I be there unless forced to do "Duty"?) Tracy was out there with "her kids." I asked her if she had duty. "No," she said, "just having fun!" I groaned inwardly as I watched her wishing I could go inside. The kids were playing soccer and Tracy was running back and forth on the sidelines - by back and forth I mean forwards and backwards. In a skirt, no less, a long khaki skirt as I remember. At the time I thought she was crazy. I've since realized it was just her natural enthusiasm.
I left Talbott six years later to go to French Elementary. By the time I ran into Tracy again she was a Principal. We were at one of those Teacher Education days. Tracy came up to me smiling like we were best friends who hadn't seen each other in a while. We chatted about school stuff. Tracy was the most up-beat energetic person I know.
"Hats off" to you, my friend. I am sure you will find children who will need you in Heaven. We will miss you here on Earth.

Melody Villavicencio-Guerrero

February 6, 2019

Tracy was one of my first memorable teachers when I moved to CO in 95. She was always so kind but you knew when she meant business. Lol. She never had to yell at least in our class, and she always had a smile on her face. She had the kind of aura you trusted right away and knew she could help you with whatever you needed. Her impact will never be forgotten. ❤️

David Tovey

February 2, 2019

Tracy was my principal for 10 years at Widefield Elementary. I loved her quick wit and humor. And I loved her hands on leadership. I once asked her how I knew (as a veteran of many principals) she was a good administrator. "How?", she asked. "Because you're never in your office", I replied.

Tracy was always visiting a class, working with a teacher, or tutoring a student. One thing for certain was that Tracy was always moving! Although my principal, Tracy rarely told me what I should do. Rather she asked me how I could do something better. I can't imagine how much she'll be missed by her kids, by Kirk, the students at her school, and the Widefield family.