• Fri. Aug 5th, 2022

District 70 Announces Teacher and Support Staff Award Winners

PUEBLO, Colorado – Two teachers and one staff member from Pueblo Academy District 70 will be honored on Tuesday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the Educational Services Center for their classroom accomplishments.

District 70 will recognize Joni Mandarich from Vineland Middle School, Yvette Davis at
Vineland Elementary School and Roberta Pacheco from Desert Sage Elementary School.

“Our schools rely on every staff member to be successful,” said District 70 Superintendent Ed.
Black-smith. “We know that learning takes place not only in the classroom, but in every interaction, our
students have with our staff. Kind words, positive attitudes and encouragement can last a long time
way of educating our students. I thank everyone across the district for their continued efforts and
dedication and we are proud to recognize our exceptional staff.

Mandarich has extensive experience in teaching science to students at Vineland Middle School in teaching the Technology Students Association and STEAM. She uses many different teaching methods and meets the needs of all of her students by encouraging her students to engage in science content while moving around the classroom. She has also created her own interactive games and games for the class. Grace Under Pressure ”is the phrase that comes to mind when thinking of Mrs. Mandarich.

22-year-old D70 education veteran, first-grade teacher Yvette Davis decorated her classroom to be visually engaging with her lessons and administer hands-on learning classes in a classroom that looks like a community.

“Yvette is always smiling and brings humor and joy to our staff,” said Vineland Elementary.
Director Ryan Mandarich. “She maintains excellent relationships with students, teachers and staff, parents and
the community of Vineland. Even during distance learning, Ms. Davis took the time to meet with
each student and work on them at their individual level to ensure that students have not missed or
fall through the cracks during a trying school year.

Davis also offers after-school tutoring for struggling students.

Roberta Pacheco inspires students and staff at Desert Sage Primary School with her positivity and encouragement to everyone she comes in contact with. Pacheco was a paraprofessional for Pueblo
District 70 at Desert Sage Elementary School and Skyview Middle School. She is known to put her students and their needs first and always says “what’s best for the kids”.

Three teachers and two support staff from Pueblo 70 District will also be honored in person for
their rewards from the previous school year 2019-2020 (which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Pueblo 70 School District Recognized Kindergarten to Grade 5 Reading Teacher Danielle Stevens
at Avondale Elementary, Randi Richie, a 6th and 7th grade social studies teacher at
Vineland Middle School and two D70 support staff Jeff Bloomer
at Liberty Point International and Anthony Benabides from Vineland Middle School.

Danielle Stevens is known to be a creative instructor who is passionate about her students, using the way that sexes learn differently in the classroom and using that knowledge to work with at-risk male students. Her colleagues describe her as a “champion of the underprivileged”.

Randi Richie uses his classroom as an inspiring setting, making it a safe environment to explore different areas like knowledge. For the past eight years, she has hosted a school-wide field trip on Colorado Rockies Science Day and is also a leader of the Sources of Strengths student group.

Anthony Benabidas is the warden at Vineland Middle School who makes sure everyone is “noticed, valued and important”. Its proponents see it as a “role model” for everyone who enters the building. “Goal-oriented and problem-solving oriented” are also among the staff’s commendations.

Jeff Bloomer is acting in his 6th year at Liberty Point International School as a paraprofessional in the school’s autism program. Bloomer has found innovative ways to connect with his non-verbal students through sensory objects and sign language. He also organizes special trips for the students of the Autism Center. As one parent put it, “Mr. Bloomer has a special ability to empower these children to have a sense of belonging.

Congratulations to all of the D70 award winners!