Alyssa Steele, 4, works on her coloring skills at her home north of
Bayfield on March 2. Alyssa’s mother, Janet Steele, home-schools Alyssa and her siblings at their Bayfield home. The Steeles are among an unknown number of families in La Plata County that opts out of sending their children to public schools, choosing instead to educate them at home. For the story, see Southwest Life on Page 12C.