Teachers Recognized for their Resolve

DCSD Teachers Recognized for their Resolve in Dealing with Cancer
Posted on 05/13/2024

Two DCSD teachers whose lives have been affected by cancer, either directly or through a loved one’s diagnosis, were recognized for their perseverance in dealing with the disease by representatives from The Nancy Intagliata Legacy Foundation/A Legacy for Nancy.

Rebecca Rogers, a science teacher at Ponderosa High School, and Lindsey Rakovich, a first-grade teacher at Legacy Point Elementary School, each received the award, given in memory of Nancy Intagliata, a long-time schoolteacher who died of cancer. Nancy’s husband, Michael, and Nancy’s daughter, Kimberly Danielsen, presented the awards.

Rebecca receiving her awardIn April 2023, Rebecca was diagnosed with Leukemia and took a leave of absence to focus on her treatment. Throughout this demanding journey, her passion for teaching never wavered. By January 2024, Rebecca received the welcome news that she could return to the classroom.

“Her absence was notably felt by both students and staff. Rebecca is an exceptional educator – deeply passionate, reflective, and creative. She has a remarkable ability to connect with her students, fostering a welcoming and stimulating environment that ignites their curiosity and participation. Rebecca's commitment to her students' success extends beyond the curriculum. She actively seeks feedback and embraces innovative approaches to ensure all learners are effectively supported. Ponderosa is incredibly fortunate to have Ms. Roberts back in the classroom,” said Ponderosa High Assistant Principal Kristen Hogan.

Lindsey emotionally receiving the awardLindsey Rakovich’s son, Carson, is a student at Chaparral High School and was diagnosed with cancer and endured 96 hours of treatment at a time. Carson is now in remission. Legacy Point Elementary second-grade teacher Lisa Myers is a cancer survivor and a former recipient of The Nancy Intagliata Award and nominated Lindsey.

Both schools kept the award recognitions a secret from the recipients until they received their awards. The Nancy Intagliata Legacy Award is a $2,500 gift for public and private school employees in Littleton and Douglas County. Several DCSD employees have received the award over the years.

A Legacy for Nancy (ALN) honors the memory of Nancy Intagliata, a long-time teacher who loved the idea of paying it forward. Nancy died from ovarian cancer in 2016. ALN works to champion teachers and other school staff who are experiencing the fallout from cancer, from either a personal or a loved one’s diagnosis.

To nominate someone and to learn more about the organization, visit https://alegacyfornancy.org.


Rebecca with her certificate Lindsey Rakovich with her certificate

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