• Employee Resources
  • Language

2018 DCSD Apple Award Winners Announced

Douglas County School District teachers, principals, staff, and community supporters came together on Saturday, April 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center for the 2018 Douglas County School District Apple Awards, sponsored by The Foundation for Douglas County Schools. For the second year, the ceremony was emceed by Fox31 Denver Anchor, Kirk Yuhnke. 

The Apple Awards honors and celebrates excellence in education. DCSD Employees and families nominate thousands of educators each fall. This year, more than 5,000 nominations were submitted. 188 Apple Representatives from schools and departments were then selected by the Foundation in January. Of this outstanding group of education leaders, five individuals received an Apple Award. A Community Partner of the Year Award was additionally given to Kroenke Sports and Entertainment. You can view a list of these winners and video profiles below. 

During the evening, attendees also honored the memory of Chris Tabeling and an in-memoriam video was shown. Tabeling, who was the principal of ThunderRidge High School, passed away earlier this year after a years-long battle with cancer. An honorary award was presented to his family.

View all of the award-winners below, and watch each video to learn more about each individual. You may also watch the ceremony in full, here.


Jordin (JP) Parker - Classified School Employee of the Year


Cindy Close - Department Employee of the Year


Kroenke Sports & Entertainment - Community Partner of the Year


Danny Winsor - Administrator of the Year


Andrea Beckett - Secondary Educator of the Year


Kim Betschart - Elementary Educator of the Year


Chris Tabeling - Honorary Award In Memoriam

April 22, 2018 | By CSilberman | Category: Apple Awards

District News

The Douglas County School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Thomas S. Tucker into the role of Superintendent of Douglas County School District. Dr. Tucker officially leads the 68,000 student district as of July 1, 2018.


Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.


When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.