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February Employees of the Month

Ms. Elaine Adrian
ECS Special Projects
District Office

Elaine is always ready with a “How can I help?” or “I have a great idea for that project!”  She is constantly looking for ways to market our programs and increase awareness, especially with our community business partners.  She is a great support to the ECS staff with her knowledge of technology and her network of local artists and art teachers who make sure that the art that our students and alumni create is exhibited throughout the community. Her “artistic eye” and organizational skills continue to increase our community outreach at CCUSD.  We are lucky to have Elaine on our team!

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


Ms. Desiree D’Ambrosi
Special Education Teacher
Sonoran Trails Elementary School

Desiree always has a positive and energetic attitude and goes above and beyond with a commitment to any and all tasks. She epitomize STMS’s school motto of “Learn Today, Lead Today”.  Desiree truly embraces teamwork and communication and paraprofessionals, special education teachers and general education teachers deeply appreciate her efforts. She creates agendas, brings her team together for departmental meetings, and implements essential practices for the Special Education Department.  STMS would not be the same without Desiree!

The words best used to describe her are leader, empathetic, and unifier.  Desiree truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Desiree for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Patricia Doran
Teacher
Desert Willow Elementary School

Trish is a leader on campus and is always willing to help, whether in an official role helping a new teacher or unofficially when she knows of someone in need.  She is an innovative teacher, always researching for new and engaging ideas that her students will love!  Her international blog boasts participants from all over the world and inspires her students and colleagues to, as she encourages on her webpage, “explore digital citizenship on a real-world platform”.  She is a positive and active promoter of DWES and all groups and activities associated with the school and she models team spirit for all!

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


Ms. Cara Herkamp
Administrator in Charge
Lone Mountain Elementary School

Not only has Cara taken on an additional position this year to help at LMES, but she has made the transition appear seamless. Teachers appreciate her support and the growth opportunities she has presented them and they have commended her for helping them reflect on the practices and programs they are applying in their classrooms. She always has a smile on her face, an encouraging word for everyone and she inspires others to become more involved and be their best self.  She truly cares about the well-being of the students and the staff alike.

The words best used to describe her are positive, supportive, and flexible.  Cara truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Cara for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Cindy Minor
Teacher
Desert Willow Elementary School

Cindy is an exemplary teacher who is loved by students, parents, and staff.  She successfully provides an active, safe and challenging learning environment for her students and she continually builds strong relationships with both students and colleagues. In her interview it was immediately apparent that she was the perfect fit for DWES!  Her contributions as a co-sponsor of Student Council and the DWES Cross Country team exhibit her commitment to her school.  Everyone at Desert Willow Elementary School is grateful for Cindy and for her contributions!

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


Ms. Shannon Morse
Lead Psychologist, CCUSD
STMS Student Psychologist

Shannon is professional and hard-working for students, parents, teachers and support staff alike!  She looks for the good in everyone and takes care of high needs throughout the district.  She completes assessments, paperwork and meetings thoroughly and on time.  Shannon truly analyzes and observes student’s behavior and academics. She provide concrete, timely, and supportive data to help students and teachers be successful.  Shannon is a wealth of knowledge and is a highly trusted and valued team member.       

The words best used to describe Shannon are hard-working, smart, and empathetic.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Shannon for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Mr. Lester Neipert
Special Education PLC Teacher
Cactus Shadows High School

Les’s positive attitude and strong leadership sets him apart. He has taken his personal experiences and turned them into valuable learning aids for his students. Les’s colleagues have witnessed his caring, thoughtful nature on many occasions.  Whether it be talking with a student who is feeling down and depressed, helping a teammate with a tough situation or stopping in the middle of a lesson to explain how he can relate to what his students are feeling, he is always patient and empathetic to those around him.  Les’s fresh perspective and “never quit” philosophy are demonstrated by his actions each and every day!

The words best used to describe Les are positive, creative, and innovative.  He truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Les for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Jenny Stahl
Preschool Coordinator
Education & Community Services

Jenny helps the preschool truly feel a part of DSA yet extraordinarily special and safe for our little students. Our preschoolers have a wonderful first school experience and look forward to transitioning to kindergarten because they are already a part of “the bigger school” from the beginning. She approaches every situation with an open mind and recognizes that preschool is a child’s first step in school and she strives to make that experience positive and that transition smooth.  Jenny’s calm, confident disposition makes parents and students feel comfortable and reassured. She had a big challenge this year with the move of the preschool from the District Office to DSA and she handled it like a pro!  It wasn’t easy, but Jenny made the transition quicker and smoother than anyone could have expected. 

The words best used to describe her are smart, open minded, and kind.  Jenny truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Jenny for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.