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Do you work with someone who is doing an amazing job and “Modeling the Way“?


Shout Out: Grounds Team

The team was assigned a minor project at Lynwood during the last week of June.  Today I am happy to report, they are placing the final touches on an area that can be used as an outdoor learning environment. The group was given very little design criteria and they transformed the area into a space were active learning can occur.

I appreciate the “Esprit Dé Corps” this team has shown me and the district, it is a pleasure to work with them.

Dr. Neil Rauschhuber, Interim Director of MOT

Modeling the Way is recognition for individual employees; however, we know that site or department full staff or teams often do amazing things that deserve special recognition as well.
Administrators: if your staff or team has done something exceptional …


Thank you for “Modeling the Way”

Engage.  Inspire.  Empower.

Novato Unified School District

MAY 2019

Andrew Strawbridge
Andrew StrawbridgeTeacher / Hamilton
Taking on the enormous opportunity gap that exists in our community, Andrew Strawbridge has developed a sports program that ensures all students have an opportunity to develop sports skills and be included on the team. Over the past 3 years, Andrew has built teams that include soccer, basketball, wrestling, track and cross country. Our teams compete against other middle schools in Marin. This year the girls’ basketball team finished first in their division, going undefeated and one of our 8th boys finished first in the cross country championships.

Andrew does a wonderful job of organizing these events but more importantly, he develops his students into strong athletes with strong sportsmanship attributes. Working with a team of coaches, referees, and volunteers, Andrew has narrowed the opportunity gap within our community.

Gabriel Brand
Gabriel BrandInstructional Assistant / Lynwood
* works in our Dual Immersion Spanish/English program
* always brings a solution to the table when he sees an issue or need
* is working on his own life goals by attending school himself
* engages with all students in a positive way
* effectively leads
* is a staple on campus, guiding students during class, on the playground, and in our
after-school program
Heather Arnold
Heather ArnoldTeacher / NHS
Heather is a phenomenal new teacher who is constantly trying new things to reach her students in innovative and relevant ways. She has been part of the Chemistry working group who has helped write NGSS aligned curriculum for the district chemistry classes, and is working with a local Rotary on a Water/Waste water project that involves the community. She is an example of how teachers can use Project Based Learning to make the subject matter come alive for her students. She is humble and an incredibly hard worker. She is always willing to support her colleagues and goes out of her way to be available for her students at lunch time and after school.
Cassandra Diaz
Cassandra DiazSystems Analyst / DO: IT
This year, NUSD brought on SchoolMint to digitally transform parent forms, the intradistrict transfer process and lottery. Cassandra has become the SchoolMint guru and the nexus between the District Office and School Office Managers. Her ability to collaborate and communicate with district staff and school staff has been instrumental in the transition from paper forms to digital forms. Addressing the intradistrict transfer process and lottery specifically, Cassandra worked closed with Education Services to ensure the accuracy of student transfers prior to the lottery. She was also instrumental in making the lottery on Facebook Live a success. In addition, she collaborated with HR and Business to provide information to help make student transfer decisions. Cassandra ‘models’ more than collaboration and communication. This new process required her to be a critical thinker as well as a conscientious learner. Her caring and innovative values are a cornerstone to her work. Cassandra regularly trains staff on a number of programs available to NUSD staff: MarketVolt, Edulink, website, SchoolMint, etc. She approaches training in a caring, thoughtful and patient way, making time for one-on-one trainings enabling the trainee to learn at their own pace and to answer their specific questions.

April 2019

Helen Hughes-Tome
Helen Hughes-TomeAdmin Asst III / DO: SpEd
Kathy Warren
Kathy WarrenTeacher / SMHS
Eden Thibeault
Eden ThibeaultTeacher / Lynwood
Rama Kalluri
Rama KalluriCampus Supervisor / SJMS

March 2019

Christina Hawkins
Christina HawkinsTeacher / Rancho
Stella Simon
Stella SimonTech Support Tech II / San Ramon
Tracy Pickard
Tracy PickardSchool Office Manager / Loma Verde
Mary McGurke
Mary McGurkeTeacher / Sinaloa

February 2019

Grace Cosentino
Grace CosentinoTeacher / San Jose
Karen Matson
Karen MatsonTeacher / Lu Sutton
Barbara Roddie
Barbara RoddieLibrary Media Specialist / San Ramon
Juan Real
Juan RealCustodian III / Hamilton

January 2019

Debra Mattson
Debra MattsonTeacher / Lynwood
Kelly Johnson
Kelly JohnsonDirector - Special Ed / DO
Pam Baker
Pam BakerSchool Office Manager / San Ramon
Emily Cavallero
Emily CavalleroTeacher / Loma Verde

December 2018

Tiki Martin
Tiki MartinSchool Projects-Fiscal Specialist / Loma Verde
Erin Hart
Erin HartTeacher / Hamilton
Pier Rindone
Pier RindoneSpeech-Language Therapist / Ready, Set, Grow!

November 2018

Suzi Hirshfield
Suzi HirshfieldDistrict Coordinator / DO
Emma Donovan
Emma DonovanTeacher / Olive
Shannon Dugdale
Shannon DugdaleYard Supervisor / Rancho
Kris Sargent
Kris SargentTeacher / Lu Sutton

October 2018

Steve Lamott
Steve LamottTeacher / SMHS
Miguel Rae
Miguel RaeParaeducator / Olive
Lisa Nyquist
Lisa NyquistTeacher / Loma Verde
Alex Kinnee
Alex KinneeTeacher / NHS

September 2018

Mary Pozzi
Mary PozziTeacher / San Jose
Christy Stocker
Christy StockerAssistant Principal / NHS
Julie Spaan
Julie SpaanSchool Office Manager / PV
Wes Swedlow
Wes SwedlowTeacher / SMHS

May 2018

Lisa Ferrigno
Lisa FerrignoSchool Account Clerk / SMHS
Heidi Joseph
Heidi JosephTK/K Teacher / Lu Sutton
Brenda Pfeifer
Brenda Pfeifer5th Grade Teacher / Loma Verde
Whitney McEachern
Whitney McEachernCore-AVID Teacher / San Jose

April 2018

Roberto Cordoba
Roberto CordobaCustodian / Olive
Diane Elsmore
Diane ElsmoreTeacher / San Ramon
Arthur Mendonca
Arthur MendoncaCustodian / Hill Center
Ben Knudson
Ben KnudsonTeacher / NHS

March 2018

Anna McGee
Anna McGeeCounselor / Novato Adult School
Catherine Nam
Catherine NamInstructional Coach / District Office
Teri Wack
Teri WackParaeducator / Lu Sutton
Alison McMorrow
Alison McMorrowTeacher / Loma Verde

February 2018

Judge Taylor
Judge TaylorFacilities & Custodial Supervisor / District Office
Bob Lacy
Bob LacyTeacher / SMHS
Jazmin Babendir
Jazmin BabendirCommunity Liaison / Lynwood
Kaila Budwell
Kaila BudwellTeacher / NHS

January 2018

Amanda Langford
Amanda LangfordPrincipal / San Ramon
Mary O'Keeffe
Mary O'KeeffeSchool Office Manager / Sinaloa
Carrie Lucia
Carrie LuciaParaeducator / SMHS
Marion Hickman
Marion HickmanTeacher / Hamilton

December 2017

Craig Lubey
Craig LubeyStudent Data Sys Spc / District Office
Carolyn Tagliaferri
Carolyn TagliaferriTeacher - RSP / Olive
John Matern
John MaternTeacher / Marin Oaks
Jennifer Boutet
Jennifer BoutetLibrary Media Specialist / Loma Verde

November 2017

Cindy Klinkman
Cindy KlinkmanInstructional Coach / District Office
Damaris Caro
Damaris CaroCommunity Liaison / Hamilton School
Irma Manion
Irma ManionFirst Grade Teacher / Loma Verde
Terrie Baum
Terrie BaumCounseling Technician / NHS

October 2017

Amber Hatfield
Amber HatfieldInstructional Coach / District Office
Sierra Cubley-DeBruin
Sierra Cubley-DeBruinOffice Manager / Lynwood
Stephanie Searle
Stephanie SearleTeacher / NHS
Erik Briggs
Erik BriggsTech Support Tech II / San Jose

September 2017

Carole Mencarelli
Carole MencarelliOffice Manager / Rancho
Yvette Garcia
Yvette GarciaRSP Teacher & RSG Coordinator / Rancho
Greg Fister
Greg FisterAssistant Principal / NHS
Marcia Carey
Marcia CareyAdmin Asst III / Student Services

August 2017

Darian Raras
Darian RarasParaeducator / Hamilton
Dana Luis
Dana LuisTech Support Tech II / Olive
Laura Triantafyllos
Laura TriantafyllosCounselor / SMHS
Lisa Heslip
Lisa Heslip1st Grade Teacher / Pleasant Valley

May 2017

Amy Ferhart
Amy FerhartIndependent Study Teacher / NOVA @ Hill
Gina Proffitt
Gina ProffittProgram Specialist / FANS @ Lynwood
Julie Spaan
Julie SpaanOffice Manager / Pleasant Valley
Mariah Fisher
Mariah FisherMusic Teacher / San Jose Middle School

April 2017

Dana Sarubbi
Dana SarubbiBenefits Specialist / District Office
Heather Geraci
Heather GeraciParaeducator - RSP / Early Intervention @ Hill
Marie McMahon
Marie McMahonCounselor / NHS
Theresa Cook
Theresa CookTech Support Tech II / Lynwood

March 2017

Digna Rojas
Digna Rojas3rd Grade Teacher / Lynwood
Erin Cilia
Erin CiliaFood Service Site Manager / San Jose
Vivian Lee
Vivian LeeMath Teacher / Sinaloa
Karin Jinbo
Karin JinboCoordinator of Behavioral Health / DO

February 2017

Christine Bok-Osborne
Christine Bok-OsborneFood Service Site Manager / Hamilton
Michelle Drake
Michelle DrakeFourth Grade Teacher / Lu Sutton
Glenn Dal Poggetto
Glenn Dal PoggettoSDC/Resource Teacher / SMHS
Hassan Fathi
Hassan FathiTech II / NHS

January 2017

Elizabeth Vega
Elizabeth VegaTeacher / Loma Verde
Ernesto Zamorano
Ernesto ZamoranoCustodian III / NHS
Sara Davis
Sara DavisMath Teacher / SMHS
Allison McIvor
Allison McIvorMusic Teacher / SMHS

December 2016

Jeff Packman
Jeff PackmanLeadership / PE Teacher Marin Oaks / Nexus
Arezu Iranipour
Arezu IranipourSchool Psychologist Novato High School
Alex Perez
Alex PerezData System Supervisor IT, District Office
Joanne Briggs
Joanne BriggsFinancial System Specialist - IT, DO

November 2016

Mark Silva
Mark SilvaDirector - Maintenance, Operations & Transportation
Amanda Davis
Amanda Davis5th Grade Teacher - Pleasant Valley Elementary
Peter Ornstein
Peter OrnsteinCinematic Arts Teacher, MSA Director - Novato High School
Mary Pozzi
Mary PozziLA / SS Teacher - San Jose Middle School
Kris Cosca
Kris CoscaSuperintendent
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