2017-2018 Extraordinary Partners

  • Here are some of the extraordinary ways our Business & Community Partners supported our schools during the 2017-2018 school year.

    4 Peaks Racing- Jeremy Graham

    • Volunteered at events, donated food for staff appreciation events, and provided entertainment for the front office staff at Canyon Springs
    • Demonstrated the importance of following pick-up/drop-off procedures for parents in the community

    Albertsons Grocery Store- Jason Higdon

    • Provided Desert Mountain School with birthday staff celebration cakes every month

    American College of Education- Janet Miller

    • Provided supplies, scholarships, and sustenance

    American Express- Evan and JenEngle

    • Brought 20+ American Express engineers to Sierra Verde

    Anthem Giving Circle- Joy Lovell

    • Donated gift cards during the holidays for families in the New River community

    Apple Education- Brian Peterson and Lee Williams

    • Served on the Tech Rich Leadership Team, participated on the Technology Vision Committee and the Computer Science Stakeholder Committee
    • Facilitated professional development sessions during the DV Summer Tech Fest and joined teams in conducting Tech Rich Learning Walks

    Arizona State University- Kevin Laack

    • Donated items for DV Star gift bags

    AROK, Inc.- Brent Cooper

    • Platinum Sponsor for Legend Springs’s Fun Festival and Silent Auction

    Arrowhead Honda- Jill Chafitz

    • Donated items for DV Star gift bags

    Back to Nature Landscaping- Christine Londen

    • Provided plants for the planter in front of the administration building at Arrowhead Elementary

    Barro’s Pizza- Jen Munger

    • Donated 6 pizzas every week for Desert Sky’s “Lunchtime with the Counselors” luncheon
    • Donates pizza for Deer Valley HS’s senior attendance incentive program (AIR)

    Bell Photographers, Inc.- Jayna Bell Mikesell

    • Provided snacks for a professional training day
    • Arranged a special family portrait

    Big-O Tires- Ralph Scaramella

    • Invited Greenbrier Elementary School to the “BIG O Tires Big Shots at the Ballpark”

    Bob Stambach Photography- Robert Stambach

    • Captured photos of events at Bellair School and provided photos for few for fundraising purposes
    • PTA President, substitute teacher, and volunteer at Bellair School

    Boosterthon- Austin Tallant

    • Helped schools raise funds and sponsored the District’s Grading and Reporting Committee with refreshments

    Brown and Caldwell- Ric Traeger

    • Donated over $300,000.00 of furniture to DVUSD

    Camelback Vending- Jodi Glimpse

    • Supported athletics on the Mountain Ridge campus

    Canyon State Credit Union- Jane Dobbs and Lenore Froehlich

    • Offered real world experiences through banking at the Phoenix Open and touring KTAR's engineering, management and marketing departments to Barry Goldwater students
    • Provided incentives for Paseo Hills students to earn for various academic challenges
    • Lenore sponsored meals at the Summer Admin Conference

    Chick-Fil-A Deer Valley- Pearl Filani, Jeff Myles, and Eileen Schissel

    • Donated coupon cards for monthly regional DV Star winners
    • Jeff supported the staff of Norterra Canyon School
    • Eileen provided lunch during a Department Chair meeting at Sandra Day O’Connor HS
    • Eileen supplied Park Meadows staff with gift cards, food for meetings, and opportunities for fundraisers

    Christ Church of the Valley- Bryson Ford, Randy Garretson, Matt Newman, Sloane Pope, and Jed Roberts

    • Bryson donated a sound system for Terramar’s Veterans Day Assembly
    • Randy and CCV helped clean up Desert Mountain’s outdoor habitat and wrote thank you cards for staff
    • Donated small activities for Sandra Day O’Connor’s wellness activities and helped pick up trash during lunchtime
    • Sloane was Terramar’s Love Our Schools sponsor and organized the event
    • Jed donated any items Terramar School may have needed such as lights

    Cisco Systems- Liz Islas and Patrick Taylor

    • Helped DVUSD gain access to Cisco educational resources and planning for addition of a Networking CTE program in the near future
    • Served on the Computer Science Committee and provided training and support in implementing distance learning labs for teachers and students

    City View Church- Jeremiah Semmler

    • Donated 300 backpacks filled supplies on Meet the Teacher Night at Park Meadows School, snacks throughout the year, and dinner for teachers during late night conferences

    Corbin’s Legacy- Joan Leafman PhD

    • Donated toys, backpacks, and food to 3rd-6th grade students at Constitution Elementary

    Cornerstone Church- Doug Troyer

    • Provided breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the staff of Sierra Verde and adopted families to support during the holidays from the Sierra Verde community

    Cross Life Church- Ray Meadows

    • Provided supplies, sponsorships, food, and prayers to the community of Canyon Springs

    Desert Financial- Joceline Asia

    • Provided lunch for the entire staff of Esperanza Elementary School from Olive Garden
    • Donated two new Keurig coffee pots

    Desert Hill Community Church- Todd Johnson

    • Donated food for Desert Mountain School
    • Involved in the annual Love Our Schools Event

    Desert Sage PTO- Mandy Garner and Kelsey Link

    • Sponsored lunches, mailbox treats, fundraisers, decorations for doors and hallways, carnivals, and promoting Desert Sage to the community
    • Kelsey is PTO Vice-President

    DLR Group- Shelby Guddeck

    • Business Representative on the Sandra Day O’Connor HS Interior Design Advisory Council
    • Worked with CTE in designing the new restaurant facility for the Culinary Arts program at Barry Goldwater

    Doda’s Pizza- Tony Doda

    • Provided pizza for Arrowhead Elementary’s staff

    Dr. Liz Cruz Partners in Digestive Health- Tina Nunziato

    • Biggest sponsor for Highland Lakes’ Bearathon fundraiser, paid for all the promotional materials, and invested in t-shirts for all students

    E & S Orthodontics- Michelle Birchfield

    • Provided students with scholarships who could not afford Copper Creek’s fifth grade Friendly Pines Field Trip

    Elevate Coffee- Troy Hailpern

    • Provided DVUSD principals with coffee and treats
    • Allowed DVUSD to host public meetings for parents, staff, and community members with the Superintendent
    • DVUSD students’ artwork featured on the walls at Elevate Coffee

    Fairway Mortgage- Jennifer Hurtado

    • Donated $250.00 to West Wing School to purchase needed supplies

    Farmers Insurance Agency- Michele Moran and Jordin Henson

    • Provided school supplies at Mirage’s Back to School Bash and Meet the Teacher Night
    • Provided treats for teachers at Mirage and incentives for students
    • Provided food and paper products for Desert Sky’s Parent/Teacher Conference dinner for teachers and breakfast items for the Rising Stars Breakfast for students
    • Jordin set up monthly drawings for Desert Mountain teachers to win $100.00 for their classroom

    First Watch- Nicole Rice

    • Donated food cards for extraordinary teachers and sponsored treats for the staff at Diamond Canyon School

    Foresters Financial- Dina Castro, Katie Creed, Christine Melancon, Emily Stead, and Aridai Yanayaco

    • Provided meals and seminars for Esperanza Elementary School
    • Held “Lunch & Learns” for the Desert Sage Staff
    • Provided gift baskets for Desert Sage Perfect Attendance employees
    • Katie Creed provided breakfast and gift cards for Bellair School’s staff
    • Provided gift cards for a professional development day and Dr. Seuss night for the parent/guardian engagement basket
    • Provided refreshments for professional development days and gift baskets at raffle drawings at Park Meadows School
    • Christine sponsored the quarterly staff STAR program, provided treats, incentives, and helped write grants for Mirage School
    • Emily provided dinner to teachers at Gavilan Peak during parent teacher conferences, provided retirement planning to staff, and prizes to support the school’s DREAM BIG ticket incentive for staff
    • Emily offered opportunities for staff recognition at Sunset Ridge
    • Aridai provided lunch to students at the Principal’s List Party at Copper Creek

    Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers- Amanda Martin

    • Provided free lunch a month to Top 20 Students and Teachers of the Month at Desert Sky Middle School

    Grads Photography- Kenny Doucet and Brad Kramer

    • Provided Hillcrest Middle School with high quality photos
    • Donated portion of proceeds to Hillcrest Middle School
    • Created the Hillcrest Middle yearbook
    • Brad created Twitter books that highlighted features of Sandra Day O’Connor HS

    Grand Canyon University- Tay Brunstorff

    • Sponsored $1,500 to fund the cost of the DV Star Program

    Gutowski Cabinets/New River Kiwanis- Donna and Tony Gutowski

    • Sponsored New River Elementary’s monthly Terrific Kid awards and quarterly BUGS (Bring Up Grades) awards
    • Contributed items for Canyon Spring’s STEM Program and provided shoes for the nurse’s office for students

    Happy Campers Pediatric Dentistry- Rob Mathews

    • Donated $250.00 to West Wing School

    Happy Valley Baptist Church- Dan Key

    • Provided lunch to the Desert Sage staff a few times a year
    • Found volunteers for Desert Sage’s Book fairs, Gecko Gold stores, and annual carnival

    HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response- Marla Martella

    • Provided therapy dogs for students after a tragedy at Arrowhead Elementary

    Horace Mann- Barrett Latham

    • Helped supply teacher appreciation gifts and breakfast for the staff of Desert Mountain School
    • Helped the staff of Desert Sage receive discounts on insurance, held financial workshops, and sponsored pancake breakfasts for staff
    • Sponsored quarterly drawings for student incentives at Mirage, provided gift cards for quarterly character drawings, and helped provide treats for teachers and students throughout the year
    • Donated gift cards for students and staff at Greenbrier, cooked pancakes for a staff breakfast, and served root beer floats
    • Donated treats and provided incentives for student attendance, including bicycles, to the Esperanza community
    • Provided gift cards as incentives for students

    Hottmann Farmers Agency- Alecia Henson and Greg Hottmann

    • Supported and contributed awards for Boulder Creek’s Student/Athlete of the Month Program and overall athletic program

    Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt (HMH)- Lisa Ballard

    • Provided no-cost training and technical support for the curriculum team

    Jersey Mikes Subs- Corey Mapes

    • Donated lunch to the staff of Sonoran Foothills and dinner during Teacher Appreciation Week

    Jostens- Matthew Hatten

    • Supplied Deer Valley High School students with cap and gown packages
    • Provided meals for student events and recognition ceremonies
    • Provided planners and organizational materials for staff

    JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa- Diane Hindi

    • Provides entry-level jobs for qualified students

    Kid Murals by Dana- Dana Railey Maciag

    • Helped preserve Diamond Canyon’s mascot and coyote code, painted quotes and photos of powerful women in a girl’s bathroom

    Lakeshore Learning- Andrea Dunlap

    • Donated educational prizes for family engagement nights
    • Provided breakfast for Back to School Orientation for teachers

    Larry H Miller Toyota- Jay Carley

    • Donated a car for Mountain Ridge’s senior lock in
    • Donated over 10,000 bottles of water and 1,000 pounds of rice for the Food Drive
    • Donated t-shirts for the Ridge Run
    • Bought 1,000 Make a Wish Stars

    Lifetouch- Emily Tyson

    • Helped increase enrollment at Desert Sage with Kinder Smilestones and helped promote the school with their A Rating
    • Terramar’s photo representative and provided the staff with lunch

    Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Qu- Marcus Collins

    • Delivered gift cards to Anthem School’s Staff of the Month recognition program

    Maricopa County Department of Public Health- Christine Hicks and Kristi Mollner

    • Provided resources, such as classroom and cafeteria support materials for nutrition education
    • Assisted with the implementation and evaluation of numerous health and wellness initiatives
    • Contributing member of the DVUSD Wellness Committee

    Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office- Sergeant Ben Freeman

    • Participated at Gavilan Peak’s Annual Science Expo, provided safety council and drug awareness to the staff, and attended Gavilan Peak’s Annual Middle School Water Day with his team

    Markham Contracting- Chris Kmetty

    • Offered paid internship positions for students
    • Participated in the CTE Annual Program Evaluation and Engineering Advisory Council
    • Served as a guest speaker at Boulder Creek HS's Engineering programs
    • Participated in the first annual Find Your Career Tour as an exhibitor networking with graduating seniors seeking employment

    Mathnasium- Lyman Edwards

    • Sponsored Legend Springs’ Turkey Trot, student agendas, new STEAM t-shirts for staff, and items for basket raffle auctions
    • Sponsored Highland Lakes’ Bearathon fundraiser
    • Donated to Hillcrest Middle School

    McCarthy Building Companies- Tara Malloy

    • Supported the Principal of the Year award and Deer Valley Education Foundation’s Teacher of the Year

    McGraw-Hill Education- Julie Hill, Colleen Miller, and Larissa Sykes

    • Provided refreshments for committee meetings, trainings for staff, and professional books and resources for our curriculum staff

    Midway Chevrolet- Pam Finkin

    • Donated holiday gifts, lunch and bicycles for second grade students at Village Meadows

    Mountain Ridge Church- Cory Bramlett

    • Provided $500 for toiletries, backpacks, and school supplies
    • Helped support the Annual Love Our Schools Day event; cleaned campus, repainted teacher’s lounge, reorganized and cleaned the Giving Closet, and provided new furniture at Mirage School

    Nathalie & Co. Dancewear & Little Things- Nathalie Velasquez

    • Organized an Angel Tree donation for a family in need

    New River Kiwanis- Cindy and Patty Faber

    • Provided holiday meals for New River Elementary School families
    • Purchased clothes, toys, and special gifts for children and families in the New River community

    Nett Pediatric Dentistry- Ryann Lyons

    • Sponsored Highland Lakes’ Bearathon fundraiser

    Northern Arizona University- Doug Small

    • Donated items for DV Star gift bags

    North Peoria Rotary Club- Donnis Deever

    • Provided grant for technology at Arrowhead Elementary

    Not So Plain Jane Cookies- Jane Oswald

    • Parent, substitute teacher, facilitates the Cultural Arts program, and co-facilitator of the Rubiks Cube Club at Las Brisas

    Nova Home Loans- Andy Mason

    • Donated to Sierra Verde’s BINGO Nights and Spring Carnival and supports the school’s drama program

    Papa John’s Pizza- Jessica Rutledge

    • Supported staff and student events at Paseo Hills School

    Paseo Hills PTSA- Heather Calandro and Erica Goergen

    • Arranged the Fall Festival, Movie Nights, and Painting nights for the Paseo Hills community

    Peoria Diamond Club- Roz Shanley

    • Donated a grant of $500 to be used for the STEAM lab at Arrowhead Elementary

    Pete King Construction- Richard Luby

    • Sponsored the staff of Sunrise Elementary to a catered lunch

    Peter Piper Pizza- Amanda Ingle and Kelly Kinworthy

    • Brought in dinner for staff members at Paseo Hills
    • Donated pizza for AZ Merit/AIMS Attendance Incentives at Paseo Hills
    • Kelly assisted with Peter Piper Family Nights for the Bellair community
    • Provided certificates for both students and staff to celebrate achievements and receive pizza

    Phoenix Rotary 100 Club- Tony Cerato

    • Provided grant for technology
    • Provided iPads and iPad covers

    ProSkill- Tyler Ringo

    • Printed basketball brochures and made a donation for cheer uniforms at Anthem School

    Richard’s Garden Center- Crystal Pingatore

    • Donated plants and trees for the Daddy Daughter Dance at Stetson Hills School

    Rigo Gonzalez Go Fund Me- Rigo Gonzalez

    • Established a fundraising campaign to help pay off student lunch debt

    Rita’s Ice- Barbara Knight

    • Donated treats for Hillcrest Middle’s students and donated thousands of dollars to the school
    • Helped to provide food at Hillcrest Middle’s dances and works closely with PTSA

    Rowe Family Dentistry- Erika Rowe

    • Donated to Highland Lakes’ Bearathon fundraiser

    Sardella’s Pizza & Wings- Michael Kenan and Nicole Sardella

    • Provided pizzas to the Stetson Hills quarterly PACE rewards luncheon
    • Donated Honor Roll Dough for students at Desert Sage School

    School City- Kristi Johnston

    • Provided training, sponsored a variety of meetings with refreshments, provided materials, has been a part of the Deer Valley Summer Tech Fest

    School Connect AZ- Tracey Beal and Jill Hicks

    • Helped coordinate 1,900 volunteers for the Annual Love Our Schools Day event

    SkyZone Peoria- JC Sandoval

    • Sponsored the District’s monthly PTA luncheons and provided awards for students

    Southwest Behavioral Health Services- Diane Lemons, Ed McClelland, and Alysson Zatarga

    • Diane met with community parents and students to provide support and help them become successful community members at Constitution Elementary
    • Provided mental health support for students and families of DVUSD and mental health counselors on some school campuses

    Starbucks- Lacey Laakso

    • Donated coffee quarterly to Stetson Hills School

    State Farm Insurance Agency- Nanette Miller

    • Sponsored Teacher of the Month at Diamond Canyon School and donated gift cards

    Student Resources USA- Heidi Jaeger

    • Sponsored $2,000 to help fund the DV Star Program

    Sylvan Learning Center- Renee Larsen and Victoria Sherrard

    • Sponsored events at Legend Springs, such as the Fun Festival, Silent Auction, and Read-a-Thon
    • Victoria donated custom shirts for the student leaders on the Hawk Squad at Sunset Ridge

    Texas Roadhouse- Shelby Ziga

    • Supported students at Norterra Canyon School who achieve academic excellence and offered support to encourage all learners
    • Hosted 35 culinary and marketing students from Barry Goldwater HS to learn about the industry

    The Carioca Company- Marvin Rose

    • Donated $5,000 to New River Elementary School

    The Sakala Group- Shelly Sakala

    • Supported staff and student events at Norterra Canyon School

    Tramonto Business Group- Polly Wedra, Theresa Zech, and Erin Finnin

    • Purchased planners for students, volunteered on campus, and donated items for Sunset Ridge

    URUN- Valerie Spata

    • Donated t-shirts for Sonoran Foothills’ Fun Run

    Valle Luna Mexican Food- Bill and Janie Riddle

    • Created a multi-tiered rewards board to improve senior attendance at Deer Valley High school and students earn food rewards and class meal prizes

    Valley Schools- Cinnamon Swayzee

    • Sponsored $1,500 to fund the cost of the DV Star Program

    West Coast Plumbing & Air- Michelle and John Ricart

    • Supported the community of Norterra Canyon School

    X-treme Apparel- Mark Daus

    • Created shirts for Constitution Elementary School

    Year Up Arizona- Gaspar Mata

    • Provided students with internships

    zSpace- Thessa Monaco

    • Built funds to implement technology for STEAM at Arrowhead Elementary