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Congratulations to the 2016 Apple Award Winners!

DENVER – The ballroom at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel was packed with Douglas County educators as Douglas County School District’s best were honored during the annual Apple Awards.

 This year a total of seven awards were given during the event, which is presented by the Douglas County Educational Foundation. The awards honor excellence in education and were an excellent opportunity to celebrate the work of DCSD’s teachers, support staff and administrators.

WATCH: Apple Awards Introduction Video celebrating our educators, support staff and administrators, who are always on their "A-Game"


2016 Apple Award Honorees

World Class Educator 
Tony Verbsky
Highlands Ranch High School

Community Partners of the Year

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
Cherry Hills Community Church


Administrators of the Year
Alisa Pauley
Heritage Elementary

Lee-Ann Hayen
Castle Rock Middle School


Classified Employee of the Year
Carol Kendall
Acres Green Elementary

Secondary Educator of the Year
Dr. Mark Thorsen
Ponderosa High School


Elementary Educator of the Year
Kaitlin Shock
Coyote Creek Elementary


Pioneers in Education
Sarah Wegert, Sandy Miller & Kaitlin Shock
Coyote Creek Elementary


Congratulations to all of the 2016 Apple Award Winners!


For the first year ever, the event was livesteramed, providing family members and others in the DCSD community a chance to watch the ceremony.

WATCH the archive of the show at

March 5, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Apple Awards

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