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2014 Apple Award winners honored

DENVER –  The Douglas County School District gathered on Saturday to honor some of the District’s best educators, support staff members and administrators during the 2014 Apple Awards.

The ceremony at the Downtown Denver Sheraton highlighted the amazing work being done across the District for Douglas County kids. This year, there were a total of nine awards.

In addition to the traditional awards recognizing outstanding teachers and support staff, DCSD honored Frontier Valley Elementary with the first-ever honor for efforts in school security. For the third year in a row, Superintendent Fagen celebrated a teacher World Class Educator, this time honoring Copper Mesa Elementary’s Jenny Henry. Finally, Douglas County-based non profit, Ameribotics, received the Community Partner Award for providing oppotunities outside of school for DCSD kids to explore and compete in robotics.
 

Congratulations to the 2014 Apple Award nominees, finalists, and honorees.

2014 APPLE AWARD HONOREES

ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Robin Schuhmacher
Sand Creek Elementary

Finalists:
David Jaffe, Pine Grove Elementary School
Stacy Miller, Clear Sky Elementary School
Lara Bennett, South Ridge Elementary School
Kim Eikenberg, Fox Creek Elementary School
Robin Schuhmacher, Sand Creek Elementary School
Debbie Quintana, Legacy Point Elementary School
Shannon Hertzog, Buffalo Ridge Elementary School
Kit Orlowski, Coyote Creek Elementary School
Jennifer Bruns, eDCSD Colorado Cyber School
Paige Stecker, Platte River Academy

SECONDARY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Mark Newton
Mountain Vista High School

Finalists:
Craig Bowman, Chaparral High School
Brenda Romanello, Castle Rock Middle School
Meghan Francisco, Mesa Middle School
Brad Odice, Highlands Ranch High School
Orando Otis, Legend High School
Mark Newton, Mountain Vista High School
Cheryl Heaton, Ponderosa High School
Melinda Emch, Rock Canyon High School
Katharine Kruse, ThunderRidge High School
Cori Teeple, American Academy-Castle Pines

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Sue Woznak
Stone Mountain Elementary

Finalists:
Lori Simpson, Bear Canyon Elementary School
Melissa Kohn, Saddle Ranch Elementary School
Sue Wozniak, Stone Mountain Elementary School

SCHOOL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Pete Mazula
Mountain Ridge Middle School

Finalists:
Dawn Pankonien, Academy Charter
Karen Hearn, Chaparral High School
Raymond Hurt, Soaring Hawk Elementary School
Jennifer Gross, Mesa Middle School
Giuliana Battagliolo, Eagle Academy
Susan Irwin, Pioneer Elementary School
Pete Mazula, of Mountain Ridge Middle School
Kim Cairy, Sagewood Middle School
Daren Brown, Rocky Heights Middle School
Lisa Kounter, Stone Mountain Middle School

ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Kiffany Lychock
Center for Professional Development

Finalists:
Kiffany Lychock, Center for Professional Development
Kristin Pegg, PK-12 Education

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Michele Radke
Timber Trail Elementary School

WORLD-CLASS EDUCATOR AWARD
Jenny Henry
Copper Mesa Elementary

SCHOOL SAFETY AWARD
Frontier Valley Elementary

COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD
Ameribotics

March 1, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Apple Awards, Elementary Education, High School Education, Middle School Education, Schools

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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