On June 27, 2017, DSHA was named one of the Business Journal's Best Places to Work in Milwaukee for 2017. This is the second year in a row that DSHA has won this award, after becoming the first high school to ever receive the recognition in 2016.
“There is an ever-growing sense of pride at DSHA that you can sense as soon as you walk in the door,” said Director of Human Resources Brook Mayborne. “It is a wonderful feeling to work with employees who love their job and appreciate their employer.”
The Business Journal awards institutions for establishing a top culture and trust in leadership where staff feel engaged in their work and appreciated by the people around them. Ann Runnells, Accounting Assistant, has no doubt that is the case at DSHA. “When employees feel valued, they become invested in the well-being of an organization, and that is certainly true here. DSHA cares about its employees and fosters a strong sense of community. I enjoy my work at DSHA, and I am happy to be a part of such a forward-thinking and compassionate workplace,” said Runnells.
Maria-Christina Thiele, DSHA’s head Librarian, works alongside her husband Jose Hurtado who teaches Spanish, and her daughter Mae Hurtado-Thiele, DSHA ‘19. Still, she says her family at DSHA extends beyond her blood. “I appreciate knowing that with each new day I will be working for an extraordinary institution and a group of caring students and staff which I consider my extended family,” said Thiele, who will begin her seventh year at DSHA in the fall of 2017.
The Business Journal bases its decision partly on employee feedback regarding teamwork and trust with co-workers, both of which Jamie Lemminger of the Science Department says DSHA fosters with flying colors. “Through collaboration with astute colleagues we guide and prepare students, and help motivate and challenge them to obtain their true potential,” said Lemminger. “Sustaining and developing these connections with the people in the DSHA community is truly fulfilling. I couldn’t ask for anything more in the place I work.”
On Friday, August 18, four members of the TSC represented DSHA at the Buiness Journal’s celebration lunch at Harley Davidson’s Chrome along with other recognized winners. Mayborne joined colleagues Nellie Martens-Murphy, Data Services & Prospect Research Manager; Dr. Heather Mansfield, Academic Dean; and World Languages Faculty Coleen Ayudan.
DSHA is grateful to its outstanding faculty and staff for this accomplishment and thanks the Milwaukee Business Journal for its recognition.