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October Employees of the Month

Ms. Janet Anderson
Teacher
Cactus Shadows High School

Janet is an outstanding teacher who strives to ensure that her students experience experiential learning so that they can make connections to the real world.  She goes above and beyond to collaborate for and arrange special trips to expand on her teaching. Students appreciate her ingenuity and high expectations.  Staff and parents recognize how she works tirelessly because of her passion and commitment to learning. Janet is an inspiring role model at Cactus Shadows High School!

The words best used to describe Janet are committed, passionate, and an initiator.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Janet for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Heather Bicknell
Teacher
Developmental Preschool
Desert Sun Academy

Heather always has a positive and compassionate attitude and goes above and beyond with a commitment to any and all tasks and programs. Her willingness to take initiative is encouraging to others.  No job is too small or too large, and she can always be counted on in time of need.  Heather truly embraces teamwork and communication, and staff, parents and students deeply appreciate her efforts. She is eager to teach and strives to create a caring environment for her students. Despite challenges, she is fair yet firm to ensure success. Thank you, Heather, for your devotion to our special preschoolers.  Desert Sun Academy is a kinder place because of you!

The words best used to describe Heather are creative, patient, and kind.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Heather for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Molly Gum
Teacher
Cactus Shadows High School

Molly’s dedication every day to everything she does is inspiring and positively impacts students and staff.  She is an integral member of the CSHS team who leads with passion and enthusiasm.  Molly welcomes and supports students academically, socially, and emotionally. They appreciate how she also volunteers to facilitate student support groups on campus. In her first year of teaching two new subjects, the scores are impressive and she is striving for additional improvement this year. Cactus Shadows High School is a better school because of Molly and her contributions!

The words best used to describe Molly are a hardworking, passionate, and inspiring.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Molly for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Cristina Ladas
World Language Coordinator
Teaching & Learning

Cristina has created a strong world language program to be proud of!  She has cultivated significant partnerships with schools in other countries.  When CCUSD hosts visitors, Cristina ensures all needs are met and coordinates amazing experiences and activities. Her calm, confident composure and attention to detail is inspiring.  She truly goes above and beyond for all of our exchange programs and academic world language programs, and her passion is contagious.  It is amazing all that Cristina has accomplished! CCUSD credits her efforts for encouraging us all to continue to be world learners and helping us to be successful.

The words best used to describe Cristina are competent, visionary, and positive.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Cristina for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Sydney Myers-Lenz
Records Secretary
Lone Mountain Elementary School

Colleagues, students, and parents recognize how Sydney reaches out to help and is a true team player.  Her calm, positive attitude encourages others.  Sydney multi-tasks so many different things and makes it look easy! She is willing to do more than is expected and help with other tasks with the same dedication she provides to her own.   Despite challenges, Sydney helps things run smoothly, and it is so very much appreciated.  She is an amazing asset for students, parents, teachers and staff at Lone Mountain Elementary School!

The words best used to describe Sydney are helpful, kind, and a team player.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Sydney for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Mr. Aaron Pettinato
Dean of Students
Cactus Shadows High School

Aaron offers so much of his time and experience to students and their parents, and it truly transforms the way they think about their immediate future.  Students appreciate how he expertly engages them to understand their goals and helps them find perspective of what they are capable of and responsible for achieving and improving upon. Aaron also shows interest in students through games and events. Staff appreciates how he shares his knowledge and skills. Leading by Aaron’s excellent example, he positively drives them to be their best.  His dedication and commitment is inspiring, and Cactus Shadows High School is so lucky to have Aaron!

The words best used to describe Aaron are dedicated, professional, and knowledgeable.  He truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Aaron for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Paige Russell
Teacher
Cactus Shadows High School

Paige inspires excellence every day in both her students and colleagues.  Encouraging students with kindness and approachability, she engages and drives them to work hard and achieve their goals. By standing firmly, kindly, and consistently, Paige has proven herself with parents and students as a trusted teacher.  Staff appreciates her willingness to collaborate and inspire them to try new ideas and techniques.  Cactus Shadows High School rises above because of teachers like Paige!

The words best used to describe Paige are kind, dedicated, and consistent.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Paige for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Mr. James Swetter
Interim Principal
Cactus Shadows High School

Through subtle changes, Jim has made a big difference at CSHS.  Because he actively listens, constantly learns, asks for feedback, and considers new ideas, there is a new positive atmosphere. Jim’s strong and patient leadership proves that he values the staff and high level of academics that CSHS is known for.  He doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations and has rejuvenated students and staff.  Jim pushes himself to be the best and leads others with his example.  Thank you, Jim, for leading the Falcon Nation to new heights!

The words best used to describe Jim are a leader, a learner, and a developer.  He truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Jim for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.