Dowagiac Starfish Story: software specialist’s work ties school with community

Published 11:38 am Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Many of you support Dowagiac Union Schools on a daily basis.

Lisa Thorne

Lisa Thorne

For some it is through volunteering; others find it best to share with us on Facebook.  Some of you tweet and re-tweet news from DUHS.  Some visit our website or PowerSchool parent portal. Our digital footprint is growing, and we appreciate the bond it helps form.

Lisa Thorne, software support specialist for Dowagiac Union Schools, oversees most aspects of our digital connection to the greater community and within our school buildings.

Her talents are many. Her dedication to supporting parents, students and teachers may sometimes go unnoticed, but never doubt its intensity.

She quietly delivers passwords and refreshes other people’s skills with software programs, all while creating programs and connecting over the Internet.

Most recently, Lisa helped build connections for DUHS juniors between their PSAT scores and Khan Academy.

Lisa’s positive effects can be seen outside the world of computers too.

She is an active sponsor of the DUHS Greenhouse Club. It is not unusual to see her with students planting seedlings for our greenhouse or decorating our courtyards for the season.

Lisa helped organize our PSAT Parent Night too. She created flowcharts and other information to support the development of this program.

Lisa is a STAR for the Dowagiac Union Schools and for our community. She uses her skills to help build bright futures and enables us to successfully connect with people.


— Kelly Millin, principal, Dowagiac Union High School