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Staff Stories

Providing competitive pay is essential to teacher and staff retention. Currently, teachers in neighboring school districts make about $19,000 more per year compared to Douglas County School District.


Not many shine as brightly as “Sparkle” Sue Tymkew. From sun up to sun down, Sue is working for the students of Chaparral High School. She spends her days teaching in the gym and in the classroom. In the evenings, Sue can be found on the sidelines, as the physical trainer for the competing athletes of Chaparral. Sue gives her all to Chaparral, and when she needed them the most, the ChapFam was right there to gave it right back.

Read More about Sue Tymkew: Shining in the Classroom and on the Field
Mark Elliot

Mark Elliot, a social studies teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School, worked in the financial services arena and studied psychology before becoming an educator. He now brings his diverse life experiences to his classroom. It’s Mark’s ninth year at Mountain Ridge and his twenty-third year of teaching. Although for years he was told by friends he would become a teacher just like his mom, he didn’t automatically turn to education as a career.

Read More about Mark Elliot: Bringing Classrooms to Life