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BOE Recognizes Individuals Who Make District 49 Fantastic

A student and three District 49 staff members were honored May 10 for their achievements in the district prior to the regular monthly Board of Education meeting.

Mehki Reese, 18, twelfth-grader at SCHS, is recognized for academic excellence during Fantastic 49 festivities May 10.  

Audra Lane, campus director at SCHS, kicked off the Fantastic 49 celebration with recognizing one of the school’s seniors, Mehki Reese. Reese’s accolades include being a full IB candidate, receiving both Boettcher and Daniels Fund Scholarships, and becoming Mr. Sand Creek and homecoming king. “Not only does he have academic accomplishments, but he has a heart of inclusion,” commented Lane. For the past two years, Reese created multi-cultural nights for students throughout the Sand Creek Zone to celebrate their heritage.  


Dwayne Morris, custodian at WHES, was honored for his positive attitude and commitment to teachers. Brooke Lombardo, second-grade teacher, nominated Morris and shared, “Dwayne is someone who always has a smile and always pays a compliment. He loves us like family and brings such joy to our building.” Upon receiving his award, Morris remarked, “I tell everyone every day I get to come to work at a great school.”


Annette Romero, professional learning specialist, was acknowledged for her level of customer service. “To me, she is the epitome of what our cultural compass is all about … how she treats her work and our people with both care and courtesy,” stated Brian Green, coordinator of learning services. About being honored, Romero commented, “I think we’ve made a great team over the last five years.”


The final honoree of the evening was Green. Amber Whetstine, executive director of learning services, was on hand to give accolades to Green. “Brian is truly one of the most impactful leaders I have worked with during my 20 years as an educator,” shared Whetstine. “His ability to influence change through supportive relationships, authenticity and trust helped transform District 49’s professional learning approach.”


Leaders from FMS and FHS were present to help celebrate Green as he has also served the district as a teacher and coach.


“I spent my career with one goal in mind – to help as many people as possible be able to reach their dreams,” said Green.

Annette Romero, professional learning specialist, is honored for her contributions to D49 during Fantastic 49 May 10.  . Brian Green, coordinator of learning services, is recognized by Marie LaVere-Wright, BOE president, in Fantastic 49 May 10.  . Dwayne Morris, custodian, receives accolades for his contributions to WHES during Fantastic 49 May 10.

Amy Matisek
719-495-1149, ext. 2136