Employee Rock Stars

Rock Star

DCSD Rock Stars is a program created that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments and outstanding work of DCSD employees. Nominated by District leaders, managers, and peers, ‘Rock Stars’ are recognized in INSIGHTS, the DCSD employee newsletter, and receive a small gift from DCSD. 

Is there somebody you would like to recognize? Nominate them by clicking here!
(Note: Nominations are only accepted by DCSD Employees for DCSD Employees)



Cynthia Rychlick, Secretary to the Assistant Principal/Dean, Castle View High School

In your opinion, specifically, what makes this person a Rock Star?

Cindy has taken on a new role this year and has done it with remarkable grace and competency. She also assists others in our building as she's worn different hats at CV and is always willing to assist those around her, committing extra time to do so.

How has this person gone above and beyond? (please give an example)

See above.

Nominated by

Eric Handke, Dean of Students, Castle View High School


Tony Luley, Preventive Maintenance, Operations and Maintenance

In your opinion, specifically, what makes this person a Rock Star?

Tony worked tirelessly running from school to school during the last cold snap. He did this with not one complaint even in the early morning hours—1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. at -18 degrees.

How has this person gone above and beyond? (please give an example)

In the last cold snap, Tony was on call for maintenance and was running from building to building resetting units that went into alarm from the below-freezing temperatures. He spent hours on rooftops in the freezing weather to make sure our buildings did not freeze. Tony had 25 to 30 emergency calls in 4 days.

Nominated by

Larry Herrington, Controls Systems Specialist


Alexys Sanchez, Early Childhood Education/SPED Teacher, Mammoth Heights Preschool 

In your opinion, specifically, what makes this person a Rock Star?

She’s very helpful and amazing with our students.

How has this person gone above and beyond? (please give an example)

I learn new things from Alexys all the time. She always has good strategies with students.

Nominated by

Pam Ditus, Early Childhood Education Instructor, Mammoth Heights Elementary


Kristy Marshall, Occupational Therapist, Early Childhood Education, Mammoth Heights Preschool 

In your opinion, specifically, what makes this person a Rock Star?

Kristy is good at what she does and is very passionate with all students in the classroom.

How has this person gone above and beyond? (please give an example)

Kristy makes an impact in the classroom, not only in supporting the team but also with the students.

Nominated by

Pam Ditus, Early Childhood Education Instructor


Anthony Luley, Preventive Maintenance, Operations & Maintenance

In your opinion, specifically, what makes this person a Rock Star?

Tony is available and willing to help at all times.

How has this person gone above and beyond? (please give an example)

During the recent cold snap, Tony was the on-call technician for that week. He had countless hours during that weekend and the holiday dealing with frozen pipes, boilers being down, rooftop units not working, etc. He was out until midnight or later every day. He never complained once. He took it all in stride.

Nominated by

David Herrington, Operations & Maintenance East Lead



Glynis Merkowitz, 2nd Grade Teacher, Iron Horse Elementary

In your opinion, specifically, what makes this person a Rock Star?

Glynis is an exceptional coworker who consistently shares insightful ideas on ways to support students and demonstrates a genuine receptiveness to the input of others. Even during challenging moments, she maintains a positive and joyful demeanor, creating a welcoming atmosphere. The students hold her in high regard, appreciating her warmth and the genuine care she expresses through her actions, such as offering comforting hugs. Glynis has a remarkable ability to make everyone in her presence feel loved and valued.

How has this person gone above and beyond? (please give an example)

She cultivates a positive and joyful classroom atmosphere. Even during challenging moments, she maintains a positive demeanor to create a welcoming space for learning.

Nominated by

Carly Wise, English Language Development Teacher, Iron Horse Elementary


Nora Carmody, Art Teacher, Flagstone Elementary

In your opinion, specifically, what makes this person a Rock Star?

Nora is a rock star because she is always learning and growing by attending professional art conferences every year. She has presented workshops at the conferences and was asked to have her workshop in the conference newsletter to be recognized. She brings that knowledge and new ideas back to the classroom to the students. She has a passion for what she does every day at work. She is involved in community art shows as an artist herself.

How has this person gone above and beyond? (please give an example)

Nora has gone above and beyond by always looking for new techniques, materials, and ideas to bring to the classroom. She communicates and engages with her students at their level. She is involved with putting the yearbook together, the district art show, the summer program, and the sixth-grade legacy project every year!

Nominated by

Armita Motallebi, Art Teacher, Cloverleaf Enrichment School


Tony Luley, Preventive Maintenance, Operations & Maintenance


In your opinion, specifically, what makes this person a Rock Star?

His super positive attitude, and a willingness to complete any task that he has to complete.

How has this person gone above and beyond? (please give an example)

Tony was on-call over the long weekend when we had extremely cold weather. In the three days during the cold snap, he was called out 24 times to address problems with heating issues. He went nonstop to protect district assets and to make sure things didn’t freeze. He kept a positive attitude and was willing to do whatever was needed.

Nominated by

William Fordyce, Director of Facilities

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