Employee Recognition Program

When you see IT, recognize IT.

Desert Sands Unified School District has Incredibly Talented staff. You can see it through our values. Here’s a chance to recognize a staff member that has IT. Be sure to scroll down to see the monthly recognitions and drawing winners sponsored by Desert Sands Educational Foundation!

(Submit one name per entry form)



We believe that meaningful collaboration is vital to our success and that trust, open, and honest communication build positive relationships.
Therefore, we deliberately make personal and meaningful connections with students, parents, staff, and community members.


We believe that the unique contributions made by each member of our educational community make us stronger.
Therefore, we demonstrate consideration, thoughtfulness, attentiveness, politeness, courtesy, civility, and deference in our interactions with others.


We believe in innovation as a mindset that propels continuous improvement.
Therefore, we demonstrate the innovator’s mindset by constantly introducing new ways of doing things so that outcomes are improved.


We believe that inclusion embraces all forms of human differences and abilities.
Therefore, we promote access to educational opportunities and social emotional support in a safe, secure, and nurturing climate of high expectations.


We believe that together we are stronger.
Therefore, we model positive relationships and unity of purpose in our interactions with others.


We believe kindness that promotes and inspires a positive school and work culture as well as a healthy community.
Therefore, we engage in various activities that define, promote, and encourage kindness, empathy, and generosity.


We believe that student and staff outcomes are not predicted by race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, and that everyone can attain mastery of essential skills given appropriate time and resources.
Therefore, we demonstrate high expectations for all and build self-efficacy to ensure success.


We believe that setting high standards helps us realize our vision.
Therefore, we model continuous improvement and high expectations for all.


We believe that positive customer and community service distinguishes the district and gives it a competitive edge.
Therefore, we model timely and professional interactions with our community.

From Desert Sands Educational Foundation:
Thanks to the generosity of our local business and community partners, submissions are eligible for monthly awards!

AC3 Restaurant + Bar
Daniel's Table
Haus of Poke
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Jimmy John’s
Kaiser Grille
McCallum Theater
Mitch's on El Paseo
Renova Energy
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Sammy's Place
Stuft Pizza
Trio Restaurant

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