“Employees Making a Difference” Program Recognizes Outstanding Classified School Employees

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region VII partnered to honor outstanding classified (non-supervisory) education employees in Stanislaus County. Called “Employees Making a Difference,” school districts throughout the county selected their own honorees and forwarded nominations to SCOE.  Twenty-six outstanding classified staff were honored via a virtual event on January 21, 2021, and five honorees were selected to represent Stanislaus County in the California Department of Education’s statewide recognition program. The six representatives (one from each work-category) announced were:

  • Leada Allahwerdi, Turlock Adult School, Turlock Unified School District, Para-Educator & Instructional Assistance category
  • Travis Mazorra, Hughes Elementary School, Empire Unified School District, Maintenance/Operations category
  • Adria Sanders, Mark Twain Jr. High School, Modesto City Schools, Support/Security Services category
  • Michael Jacobs, Beyer High School, Modesto City Schools, Office & Technical category
  • Isela Rosales, Chatom Union School District, Transportation category

Also at the virtual event, Jennifer Leana from Orchard Elementary, in the Sylvan Union School District, received the annual Jane Johnston Civility Award for exemplifying the principles of civility both at work and in her personal life. 

“Teachers, principals, & superintendents know that the success or failure of any school or district office depends on the competency, passion and hard work of a talented support staff,” said Scott Kuykendall, Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools. “When I was first hired as an assistant principal, I was told by a veteran principal, ‘There are two people in the district who can make or break you.  It is not the superintendent or the board president.  It is your secretary and custodian. Take care of them and you’ll be a success.’ That was not only true, but one of the best pieces of advice I ever received.”

“Classified staff are vital to the education system,” said Stanislaus Charter ACSA President Tracy Manzoni. “All of the staff recognized go the extra mile and each possess outstanding qualities to truly make a difference. Congratulations to these well deserving employees!” A video presentation honoring the employees is online: https://www.stancoe.org/go/EMAD

Stanislaus County Classified Staff Recognized for “Making a Difference

Aimee

Abshier

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Leada

Allahwerdi

Turlock Adult School/Turlock Unified

Jose

Briones

Fusion Charter School/Turlock Unified

Vicky

Brambila

Creekside Middle/Patterson Joint Unified

Michelle

Carrillo

Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy/Turlock Unified

Jose

Chavez

Patterson Joint Unified School District

Gloria

Coleman

Magnolia Elementary/Oakdale Joint Unified

Elizabeth "Liz"

Cooper

Sam Vaughn Elementary/Ceres Unified

Victoria

Hayes

Enslen Elementary/Modesto City Schools

Michael

Jacobs

Beyer High/Modesto City Schools

Jennifer

Leana

Orchard Elementary/Sylvan Union

Sherry

Leguria

Beard Elementary/Modesto City Schools

Sandra

Lewis

Waterford Unified School District

Travis

Mazorra

Hughes Elementary/Empire Union

Austin

Pimentel

Ceres Unified School District

Jill

Reeves

Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District

Hilda

Rios

Sylvan Unified School District

Isela

Rosales

Chatom Union School District

Adria

Sanders

Mark Twain Junior High/Modesto City Schools

Ruben

Silva

Westport Elementary/Ceres Unified

Greg

Smee

Oakdale High/Oakdale Joint Unified

Nancy

Soto

Prescott Junior High/Stanislaus Union

Margaret

Ulloa

Riverbank Unified School District

Lisa

Vaca

Turlock Junior High School

Raul

Verduzco

Keyes Union School District

Suzanne

Whitfield

Fox Road Elementary/Hughson Union

 

 

 

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Friday, January 22, 2021