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Dysart Honors 55 Staff Members as Heroes
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Dysart Honors 55 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, 55 extraordinary staff members received the honor of being named a Dysart Hero, after being selected through a peer nomination process.  The number of nominations received doubled this year, truly demonstrating the hard work and dedication of Dysart’s staff. Heroes were surprised with the awards by the Dysart Hero Prize Patrol, made up of district administrators and Governing Board members, over the course of several days in March and April. 

In lieu of the usual ceremony and dinner this year, Dysart Heroes were honored during a private ceremony on April 21, 2021 at The Vista Center for the Arts. Dr. Jim Dean, Assistant Superintendent of Support Services, 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 Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis and members of the Dysart Governing Board. The Shadow Ridge High School drumline provided a brief performance onstage and led the Hero procession to a line of district leadership and administrators cheering their recipients on as they exited the ceremony. A take home meal was provided for each Hero from Sharkos Catering, so they could enjoy it with their family while they watched the recorded ceremony later that evening. 

2021 Dysart Heroes:

Certified / Classified
Asante Preparatory Academy - Tracy Anderson, Ruby Sotelo
Ashton Ranch Elementary School - Carla Gutierrez, Arthur Frazier
Canyon Ridge School - Lacey Merritt, Matthew Davis
Cimarron Springs Elementary School - Heide Cline, David Montano
Countryside Elementary School - Jacqueline Banks, Diane Varming
Dysart Elementary School - Michele Gillespie, Angela Schreifels
Dysart High School - Samantha Jones, Michelle Dabney
El Mirage Elementary School - Brandi Tshivhase, Mayra Garcia
Freedom Traditional Academy - Yesenia Fierro, Jaime Stanley
Kingswood Elementary School - Jessica Novalesi, Barbara Louis Nieto
Luke Elementary School - Marissa Mulvey, Tom Piniewski
Marley Park Elementary School - Kathryn Voss, Jeri Metcalf
Mountain View School - Christina Brown, Chawna Anderson
Rancho Gabriela Elementary School - Sheri Morey, Marteen Maffai
Riverview School - Delbertta Smolinski, Randolph Pinner
Shadow Ridge High School - Michelle Bohon, Michele Falandys
Sonoran Heights Elementary School - Brian Koch, Jeffrey Salamone
Sundown Mountain Alternative Education Program - Dawn Gorosics, Joshua Reish
Sunset Hills Elementary School - Lisa Moberg, Michelle Paxman
Surprise Elementary School - Christine Kenneme, Antonieta Trevino
Thompson Ranch Elementary School - Ramona Arizmendez, Chris Johansen
Valley Vista High School - Nicole Bauer, Mary Gonzales
West Point Elementary School - Sarah Sartor, Jane Smith
Western Peaks Elementary School - Kristen Roemer, Melissa Tanquary
Willow Canyon High School - Alicia Vitacco, Frederick Parra
District Department- Michelle Castro, Human Relations

James Gillespie, Dysart Elementary School

Stacie Brown, Western Peaks Elementary School
Brad Larremore, Valley Vista High School 
Marydel Speidell, Finance Director

The Dysart Hero Awards were sponsored this year by the Dysart Education Foundation, as well as generous community partners including:
Centennial Diamond Sponsor: Valley Schools
Platinum Sponsors: 1GPA, CHASSE Building Team, and CORE Construction
Gold Sponsors: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, and Wholesale Floors
Silver Sponsors: Bel-Aire Mechanical, Magellan, Roadrunner Paving, and Trox & ViewSonic
Bronze Sponsors: Biddle and Brown Fence Co., Sun Life and Symetra Life
General Sponsors: Turboscape

To view the recorded ceremony visit:
To view a video of the Hero Squad surprises, please visit:

Media inquiries or future sponsorship questions should be directed to the Communications and Public Relations Office at [email protected] or 623-876-7196.