October Employees of the Month
Mrs. April Staley
Classified Employee Coordinator
April has been selected as our #WeAreCCUSD Emlployee of the month because she truly serves CCUSD as a whole. Before moving to Human Resources, she was our Payroll Guru! She efficiently completed tasks correctly and timely with diligence and attention to detail. During the shutdown, April made sure time entered was correct and approved with limited staff available. She was able to foresee challenges and take steps to find solutions. April is an excellent employee and is valued for her contributions to the CCUSD family. During this crazy time she worked to get the information needed from Administrative Assistants, Directors, and others to make sure all employees were properly compensated and their questions were answered. All staff members know they can call April and get the assistance they need. Since moving over to Human Resources, April has quickly picked up her job responsibilities as the classified employee coordinator and has integrated her payroll knowledge to make her even more proficient in this role. April consistently demonstrates a commendable attitude and work ethic and we are lucky to have her at CCUSD!
The words best used to describe her are thoughtful, diligent, and detail-oriented. April truly exemplifies excellence in our schools. Thank you, April for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents, and the community.
Ms. Stefanye Dixon
Student Information Systems Analyst
Technology Department, District Office
Stefanye joined CCUSD just a little over two years ago and she has done a tremendous job helping parents and students in our district. Technology is ever-changing and she has the patience of a Saint for answering so many phone calls and questions from parents, students, and staff and working with them to find a solution for their obstacle. She is always amazingly courteous and helpful under adverse conditions and long stressful hours. We appreciate and value her many contributions to the IT Department and CCUSD.
The words best used to describe Stefanye are cheerful, customer service oriented, and patient. She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools. Thank you, Stefanye for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents, and the community.
Ms. Johna Jacobson
World Language Teacher
Cactus Shadows High School
When asked about Johna, her colleagues used the descriptors unselfish, positive, and an ultimate team player! She is not on Tech Cadre, however, she continues to assist teachers each day in ANYTHING they need, from Infinite Campus to Canvas to troubleshooting in the classroom. One of her peers even touted that, “Johna is GOLD!” Day after day we hear that she has helped someone and this helps others tremendously! Johna deserves recognition for all that she does. We are so thankful that she is at Cactus Shadows.
The words best used to describe Johna are positive, go-getter, and selfless. She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools. Thank you, Johna for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents, and the community.
Ms. Danielle Michalizysen
6th Grade Teacher
Desert Sun Academy
Danielle does it all! From helping to create a Sign-Up Genius to Dibels test the ENTIRE school to being DSA’s yearbook coordinator for the past 5 years, she does a fantastic job! She involves the students and helps them be creative and involved. The yearbook students capture memorable photos throughout the year to present them to the group for selection. Danielle creates a spirit of teamwork for the students. She truly cares about all of her students and she can even be found attending sporting events and cheering them on. Danielle inspires and encourages her students and ensures they have the tools and skills to be the very best they can possibly be.
The words best used to describe Danielle are kind, team player, and dedicated. She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools. Thank you, Danielle, for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents, and the community.
Ms. Colleen Neiman
5th Grade Teacher
Lone Mountain Elementary School
Colleen is a fabulous teacher. She puts her student’s well-being first by giving them the tools and environment they need to have to learn as well as by listening when they just need a little more reassurance. She has been working with a colleague outside of regular work time and in addition to regular meetings so that both of them are delivering the best instruction possible. Colleen provides excellent structure in her classroom to ensure all students have the very best learning opportunity. She welcomes feedback and models professional learning in a way that truly demonstrates lifelong learning.
The words best used to describe her are kind, patient, and professional. Colleen truly exemplifies excellence in our schools. Thank you, Colleen, for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents, and the community.
Ms. Jackie Schottel
Sonoran Trails Middle School
Jackie always sees the good side of people and encourages other staff members to do the same. She is an excellent employee who works tirelessly to help her students in the Life Skills class. Despite the overwhelming amount of work that everyone has to do, Jackie consistently finds ways to help her team. Her willingness to assist others and her commitment to educating STMS students is unequaled. Jackie always presents herself with a positive attitude that uplifts the atmosphere in the classroom. With her positive reinforcement and kind heart, it is easy to see that she is deserving of this award.
The words best used to describe Jackie are resilient, creative, and resourceful. She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools. Thank you, Jackie, for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents, and the community.
Mr. Chris Stahowski
Interm Assistant Principal of Athletics & Operations
Cactus Shadows High School
In light of our current pandemic, Chris (AKA Coach House) has had to do many things that would not be in the typical day as an Athletic Director. He has assembled many plans for the athletic department even with the possibility of athletics not occurring this school year. He adjusts those plans as everything is ever-changing. Chris has come up with plans for each fall sports team and has followed up with the coaches frequently to ensure there is a constant line of communication. He has also been a vital part of our return to school plan. He is always thinking 5 steps ahead to avoid potential issues. He is always available no matter the time of day and he always returns calls and emails quickly and with thoughtfulness. Coach House has even attended practices to make sure the plans are being followed. He has personally hung signs, put down marks for social distancing, and consistently offers to help out when needed. The countless tasks that Chris completes on any given day show us all what a true leader we have and we know we can count on him to show integrity and provide guidance. We are lucky to have “Coach House” on our team!
The words best used to describe Chris are intelligent, efficient, great character, and dependable. Coach House truly exemplifies excellence in our schools. Thank you, Chris, for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents, and the community.
Ms. Kate Warner
Desert Sun Academy, Horseshoe Trails Elementary School & Lone Mountain Elementary School
Kate takes her position as an elementary counselor for 3 sites very seriously. Being at 3 sites is challenging, but she manages to reach out to all of the staff, students, and parents letting them know of her availability. She works hard in making sure she is meeting the needs of the social/emotional well-being of her students by offering a variety of support groups. She also offers the same support for the staff at her 3 schools. Kate took the lead in organizing the Second Step Program at her schools and worked with a team in creating a stress and anxiety professional development training for teachers. In spite of her busy schedule, she also took on the supervision of a counselor intern. As a result of the Social/Emotional Well-Being committee that met this summer, Kate researched how to help staff during these stressful times. She implemented “Monday Mindful Moments” and these encouraging words go out to all CCUSD staff every Monday. Kate is the mastermind behind our mindful moments!!
The words best used to describe Kate are flexible, compassionate, and generous. She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools. Thank you, Kate, for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents, and the community.