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)

DCSD Employee Rock Stars: August 2022

Ann Kelling, Registrar Thunder Ridge High School

In your opinion, what makes this person a Rock Star?
There is so much that I can share about Ann Kelling. When I first started at Ranch View Middle School as the registrar, Ann warmly welcomed me into, as she called it, the registrar sisterhood. There was so much that I learned from Ann in my first year at RVMS. She was by far one of the best resources I had! The amount of knowledge that she has accumulated over the years is astonishing! I have looked up to Ann for nearly five years now. As she is ending her chapter at ThunderRidge High School, I think back to even before I worked in the district of how Ann has helped my family. Ann worked at TRHS while I was a student there. She also registered my brother at TRHS when he moved back to Colorado. Ann has been in my life for years and I am extremely grateful that she has. She is leaving a huge hole that will be felt at TRHS as well as across the district.

How has he/she gone above and beyond?
Ann was the first one who taught me that my team members were not only in my building but also outside my building. I have continued to tell this that other registrars throughout the district would be great resources. Anytime I had a question, Ann was always willing to help me. Even as I transitioned into a district role, I could still reach out to Ann. With Ann retiring, I knew I needed some of her high school knowledge. I asked Ann if I could shadow her to find the little nuances that made high school registrars different. She still had so much to teach me! Ann is an amazing registrar as well as an amazing mentor. As she rides off into the retirement sunset, she is leaving behind a great legacy that will be felt at TRHS and throughout the registrar sisterhood. 
Nominated by Christine Romanello, SDIS Specialist, West Support Cente

Martha Cisneros, Community Liaison and Claudia Johnson, Community Liaison
Castle Rock Region: South Ridge Elementary & Mesa Middle School

In your opinion, what makes these people Rock stars?
How do you thank two people who help with your work and don’t even know it, a Rock Star nomination that doesn’t feel like enough congratulations? Martha Cisneros and Claudia Johnson are fantastic community liaisons in the Castle Rock Region. I often send them a quick email to reach out to a non-English speaking family to assist with enrollment. I will hear from one or both and the enrollment forms are completed. These families are often new to Castle Rock but not new to our country. Martha and Claudia help these families during a very stressful time where language barriers cause high amounts of stress. Enrollment would not happen without Martha and Claudia’s experience, compassion, and dedication to these families to expedite the enrollment process.

How have they gone above and beyond?
Summer is our busiest enrollment time. Martha and Claudia reached out to families who were unfamiliar with enrollment processes and online applications. They helped families by assisting with the technology portion of enrollment and gathering required information and documentation to complete enrollment for students. They do this with very little interaction with me, I just receive an email with all the information I need to complete enrollment.
Thank you, Gracias, Дякую тобі, blagodaryu vas, Xièxiè nǐ. 
Nominated by Paula DeVille, Student Data Specialist
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