School District bids farewell to retirees

Employees across the Douglas County School District were recognized for their service and dedication Tuesday and were bid farewell on their retirement.

Employees across the Douglas County School District were recognized for their service and dedication Tuesday and were bid farewell on their retirement.
Photo by Sarah Drinkwine.

Hired Aug. 25, 1995, Keith Lewis was among more than two dozen employees, who have dedicated decades to the Douglas County School District, honored Tuesday.

During a ceremony held before the school board meeting, Interim Superintendent Jeannie Dwyer recognized employees from facilities, security, transportation, staff, and teachers who are set to retire.

Throughout his career, Lewis was a P.E. teacher at Meneley, Gardnerville, and Piñon Hills elementary schools, Vice Principal at Carson Valley Middle School, Principal at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, HR Director, Superintendent, a softball coach at Whittell High School, and a basketball coach at Douglas High School.

“Throughout his remarkable 30-year career Keith has touched the lives of countless students, staff and families in the DCSD community,” said Dwyer. “He has earned the admiration of his peers and the community at large through his passion for fostering an environment that inspired both students and educators alike and ensuring every individual under his guidance had the opportunity to flourish.”

Nancy Brazeau was recognized for her 18 years has a paraprofessional and involvement with the PAC program.

“She has been a rock for students and helped build their confidence and independence and we thank her for all the great work she has given to each team she has worked with,” said Dywer.

Dana and Jason Kyle were recognized for their 29 years as teachers and mentors at Pau Wa Lu Middle school.

As a math teacher, Dana was committed to excellence and empowering students with “numerical power.” Beyond the classroom she was an advisor for student leadership and helped create a fun and inspiring middle school.

Jason taught history and was the yearbook teacher, who had an eye for detail and storytelling and guided students to not only weave together the school’s narrative, but to learn the art of preserving memories.

“His passions have enriched the lives of those around him and helped him to make meaningful connections with students,” said Dwyer.

  After three decades of dedicated service to the Douglas County School District Lea Morgan retired from her role as security at Douglas High School. She also worked at Pau Wa Lu Middle School.

“During her 30 years she has been a constant presence on campus earning the respect of students, staff and parents,” said Dwyer. “Her professionalism, kindness and unwaivering commitment to ensure a safe and secure learning environment will be greatly missed.”

Dwyer read statements of gratitude for each of the retirees.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each of them for their years of outstanding service to our students, staff and community,” she said.

The 25 employees will retire from the district at the end of the school year.

 Ariel Borgman, Jacks Valley Elementary

 Nancy Brazeau, PAC Program

 Stewart Burgard, Facilities

 Steven Doebbeling, Facilities

 Leslie Flynn, Gardnerville Elementary

 Teresa Freitas, Douglas High School

 Monica Hart, Minden Elementary

 Debra Hollis, Pau Wa Lu Middle

 Annette Kangas, District Office

 Dana Kyle, Pau Wa Lu Middle

 Jason Kyle, Pau Wa Lu Middle

 Keith Lewis, District Office

 Deborah Leon, Pau Wa Lu Middle

 Sherry Mitchell, Douglas High School

 Lea Morgan,  school security Douglas High School

 Vanessa Ozolins, Douglas High School

 Lucy Pierce, Scarselli Elementary

 Brian Rippet, Whittell High School

 Kim Robinson, Pinon Hills Elementary

 Alita Sack, Douglas High School

 Amy Sando, Douglas High School

 David Simone, Student Transportation

 Teri Tatom, Carson Valley Middle School

 Cary Tenpenny, Jacks Valley Elementary

 Dale Vega, Facilities

 Bill Witteman, Student Transportation

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