Mustang Spotlight

Manitou Springs School District celebrated staff members who made an impact in their schools and district wide during the Mustang Spotlight presentation at the board of education meeting on February 12 held in Manitou Springs High School’s media center.

Mustang Spotlight
February 2024


erika_warrenErika Warren
Erika Warren, MSSD14 Human Resources Specialist, was recognized for her role in the creation and implementation of district-wide systems, most notably our substitute workforce. Erika has quickly become a well-respected member of the central office team as well as the greater Manitou Springs School District. “Erika is a very quick learner and has a problem-solving approach to her work,” said Eric McMartin, Assistant Superintendent. “When I come to her with questions, she is quick with an answer or begins to research when she's unsure.”




julie_lavigneJulie Lavigne
Preschool teacher at Manitou Springs Elementary School, Julie Lavigne, was honored for her dedication and adaptability as she navigates the intricacies of Universal Preschool Education. MSES Principal Maria Masone spoke about Julie at the BOE meeting and her work on the NME Core Team. Her commitment to continuous learning and growth is evident in every aspect of her work, from developing innovative protocols to creating engaging educational experiences for our youngest learners.




maria_medinaMaria Medina
Maria Medina, who works as a custodian at Manitou Springs Elementary School, was thanked for working tirelessly to maintain the cleanliness of MSES and ensuring that the building remains in impeccable condition. “Ms. Medina fosters opportunities for both staff and students at MSES by establishing a secure, healthy and clean work environment,” said Maria Masone, principal at MSES. “Her warm smiles serve as a bridge between languages, connecting individuals in a harmonious and inclusive atmosphere.”




mat_krutkaMat Krutka
Concluding the evening, District Network Manager, Mat Krutka, received praise for his efforts in MSSD14’s security upgrades. Mat spends multiple hours learning new systems, working with vendors, helping with computer questions and teaching staff how to use the equipment properly. “I am proud to have Mat as our safety and security team member and he is one of the hardest workers I know,” said MSSD14 Director of Safety and Security Janie Anderson.




Mustang Spotlight is the district’s recognition program that celebrates staff members at the Board of Education meetings.