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)


Stefanie Neff, Behavior Specialist, South Ridge Elementary

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Stef is always willing to collaborate to make a difference for our students.

How have they gone above and beyond?
Stef jumps in to help solve problems and goes beyond giving ideas. She helps create forms, models how to look for certain behaviors, and is flexible and open to new ideas. She also runs our kindness club!
Nominated by Challeen Flick, Teacher, South Ridge Elementary



Amy Block, Health Assistant, Cresthill Middle School

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Amy has built trusting, respectful relationships with students and staff all while managing the continuous health needs of the building.

How have they gone above and beyond?
She goes above and beyond every day!
Nominated by Denise Shore, Registered Nurse, Health and Wellness



Heather Cox, Assistant Principal, Rocky Heights Middle School

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Heather is always willing to support the teachers she works with especially with kids and/or families that are the toughest!

How have they gone above and beyond?
She goes the extra mile with the students to ensure their success. She supports the teachers to make sure they feel heard and seen. She is available to strategize when needed, listen when you are frustrated, and help find a solution. Thank you!
Nominated by Sonya Churchill, Moderate Needs Teacher, Rocky Heights Middle School


Mark Caldwell, Transportation Operations, North Terminal

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Our SSN students had a field trip planned, but unfortunately, their bus was out of commission. We were in a panic! In less than an hour, Mark had found our students a full-size bus, and the kindest driver. The bus arrived at TRHS just in time to take our students to iHOP to celebrate the holidays. Mark saved the day!

How have they gone above and beyond?
Mark's dedication to ensuring our students have access to our community was quite commendable.
Nominated by Marshawn Yuhas & Debbey Quintana, ThunderRidge High School



Dave Wilson, IT Support Manager, West Support Center

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Dave is a Rock Star because he humbly handles all my one-off requests (usually they don't fit under any of the requests for an IT help desk ticket) and is very quick to do so! Dave is my go-to for most IT-related requests and he always comes through. Thank you, Dave!

How have they gone above and beyond?
Dave is always so quick to answer questions or help with solutions. He's always super friendly and responds in a timely manner. I've reached out to him multiple times for one-off requests and he's come through every time. If I ever need anything IT related, I always reach out to Dave because he always goes above and beyond!
Nominated by Chelane Garcia-Herrada, Digital Communications Coordinator, Communications



Donna Rastberger, Software Engineer, West Support Center

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
The Student Data and Enrollment Services Department would like to give a huge shout-out and high-five to Donna Rastberger. Donna is a Rock Star in assisting a new SDES team with keeping us on track with an annual process. Donna has gone above and beyond by teaching our department the next steps in an annual process.

How have they gone above and beyond?
Her patience is extraordinary with our team. As a new team, we are going through an annual calendar process where she has had to nudge us a few times to get back to her with testing results, dates, and other important processes. She arrives in our department with grace and guidance. Often we just didn’t know what the next step was. Thank you, Donna!
Nominated by SDES - Specialist Team (Paula De Ville), Student Data Specialist, West Support Center



Tammy Huckaby, Teacher, North Star Academy

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

Tammy always has a positive attitude and puts others before herself. She has a loving demeanor and actively seeks out ways she can go above and beyond for her students and teammates.

How have they gone above and beyond?
She has stepped into this new role and embraced all aspects of it and persevered through the challenges with a smile on her face.
Nominated by Anonymous, North Star Academy



Karen Heitmeier, Principal’s Secretary/Health Room Coverage, Pine Grove Elementary

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Karen was available and supported a student and their parent during a health crisis after hours in the school building.

How have they gone above and beyond?
Karen happened to be in the building, after hours, and was available and responsive to assist a student and their parent. She's always approachable, kind, and empathetic.
Nominated by Jennifer Kester, DCSD School Nurse Consultant

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