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Meet Sue Tymkew, Head Athletic Trainer at Chaparral High School

How many years have you been at your DCSD school?  
Where did you go to school?
Western Michigan University - Bachelor's Degree
Old Dominion University - Master's Degree
What is your favorite thing about working at your school?
The level of support I receive from the administration, parents and student/athletes.  The term "Chap Family" is very important and we all strive to make that happen.  There is a welcoming feeling that makes being a part of Chap that much better.
What is your best memory while working at your DCSD school?
There are many memories that are wonderful.  There is one that comes to mind that is on-going and means a great deal to me.  When the athletic training room door is open or I'm standing in the hall it feels like the majority of students, parents or administration walking by  either smile and wave or my personal favorite say, "hey Ms. Sue".  It seems so simple but is another example of that sense of belonging.
What are some other professional experiences you have had?
Teaching Physical Education in the district for 28 years thus far.
Head Athletic Trainer - Chaparral High School
Assistant Athletic Trainer - Chaparral High School
Assistant Athletic Trainer - Ponderosa High School
Head Athletic Trainer - Douglas County High School
Assistant Athletic Trainer - University of Denver
What are you surprisingly good at?
That is a tough one to answer.  I really don't know what it would be.  You would have to ask others I guess
What is the biggest proof that you are good at what you do?
I think I have some level of success with student/athletes as they congregate in the athletic training room (if I let them).  They show up in my classroom or stop me in the hall to ask questions.  Hopefully that means I provide a level of trust,  but again you would have to ask others
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My sons!  Being their mom is the best thing ever!
Professionally, I would like to think being trusted and relied upon in my positions.
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
It would definitely be something dealing with youth or people in general.
Family details:
I have two awesome sons.  Zach is a junior.  Josh is a freshman.
Two wonderful parents who live in Michigan.
October 11, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Athletics and Activities

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.