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For thirty years Tracy Penski has given to the Vail School District (VSD) through times of challenge and times of calm. Tracy is thought of as being devoted, caring, loyal, and down to earth country fun. And that aptly describes Tracy.

Tracy’s career in the VSD began in 1990 when she was hired by then Principal Donna Belk as a second grade parapro at Acacia Elementary School.

 “I have been given so many opportunities throughout the years in Vail that I am very thankful for. I think I have done a little bit of everything,” Tracy said.

Tracy may have started out as a parapro, but her career was just beginning. She did clerical work for ELP, worked in community services, drove a bus for three years, painted classrooms through a couple of summers, helped custodial staff redo the gym floor at Old Vail Middle School and in 1995 became Administrative Assistant in Facilities.

 “Tracy Penski, the heart of the Facilities Department. The first voice you hear when requesting assistance and the one that takes care of everyone’s needs. She was my right hand. I could not have been successful without her. I would call her a Pillar of the District,” said Al Flores now retired Director of Facilities and Transportation for the VSD 1995-2017.

Among her favorite memories is the year the crew put together the fun bus for Vail Pride Day and then watched the kids having so much fun on it year after year.

“It is with great pride and admiration that I congratulate you on this service anniversary milestones. It takes a person of strong character, willpower, and true grit to stay dedicated and loyal at his or her job even after so many years of service. And Tracy, you are that person! Best wishes to you on your 30th work anniversary with the Vail School District. I applaud you, my friend!” wrote Janet Collins Kunkel VSD Retired Educator 1987-2017.

Truly the Vail School District applauds Tracy!

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