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Dysart Hero recipient shaking Governing Board President's hand.

Dysart Honors 56 Staff Members as Heroes


DYSART SCHOOLS - Dysart Unified School District annually names staff members as Heroes to recognize outstanding service to the district and the community. This year, 56 staff members received the honor of being named a Dysart Hero, after being selected through a peer nomination process.  There were hundreds of nomination letters this year, truly demonstrating the hard work and dedication of Dysart’s staff. Heroes were surprised with the awards by the Dysart Hero Squad, made up of district administrators and Governing Board members, over the course of several days in March.  

The Dysart Heroes were honored during a ceremony and silent auction on April 20, 2023 at The Vista Center for the Arts. Dr. Jim Dean, Superintendent of Dysart Schools, was the Master of Ceremonies and read excerpts from the nomination letters. A commemorative Hero plaque, sponsored by the Dysart Education Foundation, was presented by Assistant Superintendent of Support Services, Dr. John Croteau and members of the Dysart Governing Board. The Shadow Ridge High School choir provided a brief performance onstage. A take home meal was provided for each Hero from Sharkos Catering, so they could enjoy it with their families.   

2023 Dysart Heroes: 

Certified / Classified

Asante Preparatory Academy- Jennifer Maddox, Lindsay Smith 

Ashton Ranch Middle School - Jennifer Dawn, Kayla Trojanek 

Canyon Ridge School - Amanda Mutai, Ryan Robichaud 

Cimarron Springs Middle School - Brian Kirchner, Holly Berger 

Countryside Elementary School - Melissa Judd, Colene Hayden 

Dysart High School - Bailee Talbot, Renata Daniel 

Dysart Middle School - Taylor Whittaker, Estella Soto 

El Mirage Elementary School - Marissa Barber, Benjamin Bojorquez 

Freedom Traditional Academy - Kimberly Chavez, Amber Henley 

Kingswood Elementary School - Krista Rust, Shelley Franklin 

Luke Elementary School - Susan Goetz, Aurora Welsher 

Marley Park Elementary School - Christina Williams, Tiffany Valenzuela 

Mountain View School - Rachel Frazer, David Miller 

Rancho Gabriela Elementary School - Ashley Meyer, Deborah Holland 

Riverview School - Jacqueline James-, Amanda Erickson 

Shadow Ridge High School - Rodney Moore, Beth Van Doren 

Sonoran Heights Middle School- Valerie Standlee, Robert Franco 

Sundown Mountain Alternative Education Program - Tamika Jones, Tom Pozniak 

Sunset Hills Elementary School - Dana Thomas, Julie Boisvert 

Surprise Elementary School - Erin Keller, Maria Gomez 

Thompson Ranch Elementary School - Crystal Fajardo, Betty Wilkie 

Valley Vista High School - Susan Lawler, Shi Abke 

West Point Elementary School - Nicole Truitt, Sherry Goodwin 

Western Peaks Elementary School - Jamie Bruner, Ana Diaz 

Willow Canyon High School - Jason Ward, Jessica Schreifels 

District Departments- Christie Martinez, Community Education & Holli Tuttle, Finance/Career and Technical Education 


Bianca Reynolds, Western Peaks Elementary School 


Stephanie Davis, El Mirage Elementary School

Jessica Felix, Marley Park Elementary School

Suzanne Smith, Student Information Systems 

The Dysart Hero Awards were sponsored this year by generous community partners including:

Diamond Sponsors: Dysart Education Foundation, Valley Schools 

Platinum Sponsors: 1GPA, CHASSE Building Team, Blumm & Viewsonic, Turboscape 

Gold Sponsors: AG Parts WorldWide, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, Wholesale Floors 

Silver Sponsors: CHWP Expos, Dave Bang, Norcon Industries 

Bronze Sponsors: EMI Health, Logicalis, Sun Life and Teledoc, Water and Energy Systems Technology 

A special thanks to our schools and Parent Support organizations for providing silent auction items and to the Dysart Education Foundation for sponsoring our Dysart Hero plaques and tote bags. 

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