November 2019 Outstanding MCSD Employees

The MCSD Employee Recognition Award is for those employees who go above and beyond on a continual basis for students, staff, and/or parents. Nominations can come from the community, parents, staff members and students. The district will be recognizing employees monthly in their buildings as well as at the televised board meeting of that month. The district would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you and congratulate November’s best of the best at MCSD! To nominate a deserving individual, go to Employee Recognition Form

Troy Kulland – Counselor, Central Middle School
Nominated by Tristan Tolle

I believe that Troy embodies the statement of going above and beyond. He consistently pushes students to do their best in cross country while also reaching out to those students struggling. He is great at trying to find a way to make all students and staff successful. We are very lucky to have a person like Troy in our district that is doing his all to make everyone better individuals.”


Whitni Pena – School Resource Officer, Muscatine High School
Nominated by Jerry Riibe

Whitni Pena is a school resource officer who does her duty with compassion, commitment, and wisdom. Officer Pena understands how schools work and how correcting behavior is more than consequences. She looks out for our students when they face difficult situations, she stands for protecting the order of our schools, and she takes pride in her work.

I have witnessed Whitni working with other school personnel to try and find ways to help an at-risk student find help and solutions to problems. No student is ever beyond her concern or care. She is the arm of the law and the heart of law enforcement.

Officer Pena is a valuable member of the Muscatine Community Schools and an important part of the Muscatine community. She is willing to go the extra mile from scouring surveillance tapes to find clues to a break-in to supervising football games to helping distribute food at the school’s food bank. A school resource officer is intended to help build positive relationships with students, parents, and the school. Whitni lives that work and makes it happen each and every day.”

Christina Rosa – Receptionist, MCSD Administration Center
Nominated by Lisa Bunn

Christina Rosa has been the district’s receptionist for over one year. Her positive attitude is contagious! She exemplifies the phrase “Welcome to Muscatine Schools” by truly caring for each and every individual that either calls or visits our facility and by going above and beyond to meet their needs, even if some of our callers or patrons are not having a good day. She is always professional and kind.

Because the front desk is basically the 4-1-1 for the entire district, Christina has had to learn so much about MCSD and how it works as a whole. She continually strives to learn all she can so that she can help individuals immediately as opposed to passing them on to others. She embodies true customer service. She also continually looks for ways to streamline and improve processes for our patrons.

Additionally, Christina is a big help to me with translating school messenger messages that go out to our parents. She is proactive in her approach by preparing messages without any guidance from me and helps me craft messages from a parent’s point-of-view. I am grateful for her knowledge and skills. Her welcoming, can-do presence is appreciated and valued!

Rhonda Theobald – Paraeducator, Jefferson Elementary
Nominated by Kim Schneider

“I don’t know what we’d do without Rhonda. She is always ready to go above and beyond for the kids, bringing in things for individuals and the whole.  She comes up with new ways to motivate and support our kiddos that need just that. She also works with the staff to make a positive impact.”


Mike Truitt – Special Ed Teacher, Muscatine High School
Nominated by Andy Werling

“Mike Truitt has been an invaluable member of the teaching staff at Muscatine High School. He has spent years building positive relationships centered around trust and respect with staff, students, and families in our community. He is dedicated to the success of each and every student. Mr. Truitt truly cares about the entire well being of all students. He routinely goes above and beyond, and makes our school a special place to be.”

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