Upper Rio Grande School District recognizes individuals who help their profession

Courtesy photo The counselors at the Upper Rio Grande School District recently distributed awards to fellow staff members, local organizations and community members for their continued support and dedication to the district, students, and staff members.

DEL NORTE — On Feb. 8, the school counselors at Upper Rio Grande School District distributed awards to individuals that have helped them in their career, who have helped students and their families and the community. The following individuals/organizations were recognized:

Del Norte Elementary PTO

Del Norte Elementary PTO has been one of the bridges between the Elementary and families. The PTO has worked hard this year and has done outstanding work in bringing in family members to volunteer. These volunteers have made days easier for teachers, especially during holiday parties. DNES PTO has also given teachers a sigh of relief by going around and offering snacks or soft beverages.

Amy Duda, Del Norte Elementary Principal

Amy Duda recognizes the importance of school counselors in the Upper Rio Grande School District. She has consistently advocated for the sustainability of school counselors and has allowed the school counselors to have the most direct time with students. Because of Duda, 100 percent of students, kindergarten through sixth grade, receive social and emotional lessons. These lessons teach students self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Duda was also recognized by the Colorado School Counselor Association (CSCA) as Advocate of the Year in 2018.

Renae Haslett, Adams State University Director of Special Projects for Extended Studies

Renae Haslett always goes above and beyond to get students interested in taking Concurrent Enrollment courses through Adams State University. She is willing to come in and present whenever is needed and always with a smile on her face.

Shania Maestas, Adams State University Student Advisor/Recruiter

Shania Maestas has been a wonderful asset when collaborating for the Concurrent Enrollment program here at Del Norte High School. She has helped come in and administer the English Placement Exam and is always patient when waiting on paperwork. She handles things promptly and it is appreciated.

Russell Shawcroft, Adams State University Assistant Director of Scholarships and Recruitment

Russell Shawcroft has been working with students at Del Norte High School for five years, helping them with Financial Aid and Scholarships, no matter the college/university the student plans on attending. He dedicates his time to attending FAFSA Night events helping parents and students fill out FAFSA forms. Whenever there is a question regarding scholarships and FAFSA people can turn to Shawcroft, and he will know the answer. He is energetic, knowledgeable, and engaging.

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