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DSISD Educator Wins Inaugural Region 13 Star of the Month Award

January 6, 2023

Cypress Springs Elementary kindergarten teacher Jamie Malchak was recognized Friday, January 6, as the inaugural winner of the Texas Education Service Center Region 13 Star of the Month. Malchak is in her second year teaching with Dripping Springs ISD.

The Region 13 Education Service Center created the Star of the Month program to allow the communities in Region 13, which includes 102 school districts across Central Texas, to recognize the dedication and influence of our educators. Star of the Month winners are recognized for consistently making a positive and lasting impact on students and actively contributing to the success of the public school system. 

Malchak was nominated for the prestigious award by Cypress Springs Elementary Principal Kellie Raymond. Mrs. Raymond selected Mrs. Malchak for her exceptional expertise as a teacher and for going above and beyond every day to engage her students, parents, and campus community.  “Mrs. Malchak works tirelessly for the students and families of Cypress Springs Elementary and sets a standard for excellence in teaching and engagement that is unparalleled,” commented Mrs. Raymond. “She is a light and a joy for Cypress Springs Elementary and DSISD,” Raymond added. 

As the Star of the Month winner, Malchak received a commemorative plaque, a scholarship from ACU Dallas to be used towards a graduate degree, a $100 Amazon gift card, and a goodie bag. Belterra Chick-fil-A, Dripping Springs HEB, Dripping Springs Education Foundation, and the Hill Country Ranch Sweet Shop also honored Malchak with gifts. 

On hand to surprise Mrs. Malchak with the award were DSISD Board President Dr. Mary Jane Hetrick, Board Vice President Ron Jones, Superintendent Dr. Holly Morris-Kuentz, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation Dr. Karen Kidd, Cypress Springs Elementary Principal Kellie Raymond, and additional members of the district and campus leadership team.  Region 13 leadership was also onsite including Executive Director Dr. Rich Elsasser, Chief Deputy Executive Director Dr. Millie Klein, and Deputy Director of Academic Services Kerry Gain. Laurie Cromwell, Founder and Chief Strategist with Foundation Innovations, also participated in the celebration. 

Anyone can nominate a school district employee for the Region 13 Star of the Month award. To nominate an individual, visit this link.