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)


Paul Brandt, Base Program Manager, Buffalo Ridge Elementary

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
I am quite amazed at Paul’s positive and cheerful attitude working with all our BRE kids in BASE. Seeing him do things like help kids color with crayons (even himself) is really cool. I’ve only been at BRE since August and I can say that he is a great asset to our school. He runs the program with ease and is always willing to lend a helping hand. He is one of the coolest people I’ve worked with in my 16 years in the district.

How have they gone above and beyond?
Paul is such a helper! One day we had a small flood in the boy's bathroom and he assisted me in getting it all cleaned up without me even asking for help. Several weeks ago, my mom had to be transported to ER during my shift, and Paul was so proactive in helping me get the cafeteria ready for after-school care. His help allowed me to get to the hospital in time to see my mom. Yay Paul!
Nominated by Eric Nydam, Buffalo Ridge Elementary Building Engineer


Jessica Wright, Registrar, Stone Mountain Elementary

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Jessica is continuously stepping in to help out wherever needed.

How have they gone above and beyond?
We have been short-staffed since the start of the school year. Jessica has jumped in to help cover daily lunch and recess duty on top of her regular duties! Jessica is extremely positive and always lends a helping hand. We could not get through the day without her!
Nominated by Michelle Franci, Principal, Stone Mountain Elementary


Jamie Lavigne, Administrative Assistant, Stone Mountain Elementary

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Jamie will step in and help out whenever needed.

How have they gone above and beyond?
We have been short-staffed since the start of the school year. Jamie has jumped in to help cover daily lunch and recess duty on top of her regular duties! Jamie is truly the glue that holds our school together and we are grateful that she is part of the Cub family.
Nominated by Michelle Franci, Principal, Stone Mountain Elementary


Kayla Zehner, Coordinator - ADA and Leaves, Human Resources, Wilcox

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Kayla is a positive and overall kind person. She brought humor and kindness into my daily routine by simply interacting with her through phone and email two days in a row. Coworkers like Kayla make teamwork enjoyable and worthwhile!

How have they gone above and beyond?
Kayla exceeded in excellent customer service!
Nominated by Krista Sandquist, Payroll Analyst, West Support Center


Radhika Bheemireddy, Software Engineer III, IT Department, West Support Center

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Radhika's work on housing ALL parent excusals within one platform is amazing. It will help the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment office and all of our schools obtain an accurate account of students who are excused from state-mandated testing. Radhika has wonderful problem-solving skills and we appreciate the work he does!

How have they gone above and beyond?
Making the process accessible for all.
Nominated by Kelly Kirkpatrick, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment


Anthony Fish, Bus Driver, Castle Rock (West Transportation)

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
Tony is a wonderful driver. He is always willing to help out and is dedicated to helping wherever he can. He always has a positive attitude when picking up schools and he is wonderful with our students and staff. 

How have they gone above and beyond?
Recently Tony went above and beyond to make sure some of our SPED students had a wonderful homecoming. He decorated the bus and helped make the day special for the students. 
Nominated by Star Herman, Field Trip Coordinator, Transportation
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