Recognize the 9-R Stars of 2016!

Educators, Students, Parents, and Community Members!


occupations_detectiveHelp us find our exceptional “Durango 9-R Stars” who deserve recognition for helping 9-R students achieve their highest potential. Nominate one or more teachers and staff members today to be named…

Outstanding Teacher or Staff Member of 2016


Who qualifies to be nominated?
All teachers, at every grade and in every 9-R school and program.
All support staff–from office and paraprofessional staff to bus drivers, cafeteria crew and janitorial staff.
Note: D.E.F.’s mission is to support academic programs, so we don’t include athletic coaches, although we appreciate their dedication.


You must use our form for your nomination to be counted.
Download it by clicking here (PDF) or here (Word), or contact D.E.F. to request one to be mailed to you.


Return it to D.E.F. either by mailing to D.E.F. at 201 E. 12th St., Durango, CO 81301 or by scanning and emailing it to


Nominations must be received by D.E.F. by Friday, April 15 at 6 p.m.


The fine print:
  • All nominees receive recognition.
  • Awards are given to teachers at each school level, and to 3 staff members.
  • Nominees are considered on the merits of their service to 9-R students, not on the number of nominations submitted.
  • Administrators and previous winners may be nominated and will be recognized, but will not receive an award.
  • Award decisions are final.
  • D.E.F. doesn’t not share information with anyone outside of the D.E.F. Employee Appreciation Committee and certain D.E.F board members involved in the recognition of the nominees.
  • D.E.F. may choose to share highlights of the winners’ nominations, but will not share the names of any nominators.
  • We certainly encourage nominators to share their glowing praise directly with their nominees.
  • This campaign is wholly managed by the Durango Education Foundation; award decisions are not influenced in any way by Durango School District 9-R other than through nominations submitted by 9-R personnel.



Reconocer “nuestras estrellas de 9-R” 
Cada año la Fundación de Educación de Durango orgullosamente reconoce a los empleados que trabajan con esfuerzo en el distrito, “nuestras estrellas de 9-R”. Ellos invitan a maestros, padres de familia, niños y miembros de la comunidad a nominar para reconocer a maestros destacados y miembros de empleados de este año. Anexo se encuentra el formulario de nominación.
La fecha límite es Lunes Abril 15, 2016 a las 5p.m.
Enviar nominaciones firmadas a:
Durango Education Foundation
201 E 12th St
Durango, CO 81301



Share this opportunity with friends, family, co-workers… anyone!

Click here for a flyer to download and print or forward, and please share the nomination form linked above.



Special note for 9-R Employees!

Save the date to join DEF in recognizing the dedicated and hard-working employees of Durango School District 9-R!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Morehart Murphy Regional Auto Center – Jeep Dealership

4:30-6:30 p.m.



The 2015 Outstanding Teachers and Outstanding Staff Members of the Year were:
High School Teacher
Katharine Reed
Durango High School
Middle School Teacher
Chuck Lang
Miller Middle School
Middle School Teacher
Chris Skinner
Escalante Middle School
Elementary School Teacher
Darren Cioppa
Riverview Elementary School
Elementary School Teacher
Kelly Von Stroh
Animas Valley Elementary School
Staff Member
Sharon Couch
Transportation Department
Staff Member
Emily Galanto
Durango High School
Staff Member
Trey McCoy
Animas Valley Elementary School


Click here for the full list of our 2015 nominated “9-R Stars.”
  • Durango High School students take a break. . .energetically

    Photo by student Marlo Olivas, with digital SLR camera funded by D.E.F.

  • Technology fosters independent learning

  • Students use technology every day

    But sharing limits individualized learning and keyboard practice.

  • Interactive digital libraries give immediate feedback

    9-R elementary schools have been able to purchase only a portion of desired e-books

  • Libraries are still learning places

    Book collections require regular updating.

  • Kindergartners learn "los colores" using SMART technology

    Kinder Morgan matched a DEF grant to provide 4 new SMARTboards. All of our schools need them.

  • Lego Robotics goes to high school

    Innovative STEM curriculum like this Durango High School program demands funding.

  • Learning science and math with cameras

    Making art smart: Durango High School students translate aperture and shutter speed into academic skills.

  • Jazz Ensemble practices at dawn

    Music study leads to better learning overall, but Durango 9-R needs more instruments.

  • Illustration is tough without supplies!

    Here, students use art to illustrate puns.

  • First grade scientists experiment with volume and displacement

    Teachers create lab experiments from found materials since consumable budgets have been drastically reduced.

  • 5th grade science experiment underway

    Impossible without supplies!

  • School buses are key to participation

    More transportation dollars would mean more students able to join after-school learning and enrichment programs, and more field trips for all students.

  • C.A.F.E. Campaign Success Story!

    Campaign chair Holly Zink presents check to 9-R School Board President Andy Burns and 9-R Superintendent Dan Snowberger. DEF board members and staff look on. DEF reserved $2500 for grants for arts education.