BOE Recognizes Individuals Who Make Learning in D49 Fantastic
Team members across District 49 impact learning in many ways. For some, it is teaching students in the classroom. For others, it is about helping ensure students and staff have the best learning environment possible. The board of education honored five staff members during Fantastic 49 festivities before the regular board meeting January 10 for their commitment to D49.
Megan Rasmusen and Jay Bonser, Gateway to Technology teachers at Skyview Middle School, were recognized for playing a key role in the school receiving Project Lead the Way’s Inaugural Distinguished School Gateway Award. The award is presented to schools with exemplary STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. While more than 100 middle schools were recognized nationwide, Skyview was the only middle school in Colorado to receive the honor.
“Kids in their classes will do things like program a robot, design a website or analyze the pathogens of a crime scene,” shared Cathy Tinucci, SMS prinicipal. “They are doing this in order to create career pathways for students,” she added.
Building Manager Mirsada Dzanic from Vista Ridge High School was honored for not only providing a clean facility, but also for interacting with students and staff to foster a caring community. “The best characteristic of Mirsada is her relational capacity,” remarked Jason DaLee, assistant principal at VRHS. “She is a mom, a sister … she is whatever people need. She has a huge impact on our campus that I can’t even begin to explain.”
Learning can go beyond the classroom, and Lisa Hartman, counselor from Evans International Elementary School was recognized for coordinating a community outreach program, “Wildcat Week of Thanks.” During the week, students donated items to community organizations and wrote letters of gratitude. “This is a way to get kids engaged in the community … taking action outside the classroom by showing empathy, enthusiasm and appreciation,” stated Michelle Slyter, principal at EIES. “I am so appreciative to Lisa for opening the minds and hearts of kids.”
A second facilities manager was honored – Kevin Roche from Creekside Success Center. Roche is known for always going above and beyond for both students and staff. “Kevin has probably touched everyone because Creekside Success Center is a place where everyone who works in our district has been,” commented Ines Stabler, CLDE instructional coach and colleague who nominated Roche. “I try to take care of the facility the best I can like it’s my home,” remarked Roche.
BOE President Marie La Vere-Wright shared her thanks for having Kevin on the District 49 team. “You make D49 shine. There are so many people outside our district family who go to Creekside, and their experience has to be phenomenal because of what you make it,” she said.
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