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

Shout Out: 
"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"

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Novato Unified School District


Jennifer Valerius
Jennifer ValeriusAdult Ed Teacher / Hill Center
Jennifer teaches HSE prep (GED prep) to students in both English and Spanish. She works tirelessly to ensure her students are ready to pass the very rigorous and challenging GED test. She works with students who are new comers, English language learners, aging out youth, Foster youth, mature learners, displaced workers, displaced home makers, single parents and the list goes on and on. Through her work she ensures these students will have an equal opportunity to those who would otherwise be locked out of the ability to seek financial aid for college, or to advance in careers that require a high school diploma.

All students feel welcomed and valued in her classroom. She is a shining example of what a caring, compassion and dedication can and does accomplish for these students. She helps close the equity gap for all.

Dana Sadan
Dana SadanPrincipal / Pleasant Valley
While I believe Dana has always been a thought leader, recently she has also been effective at modeling communication to the entire PV Community. It is Youth Truth Survey time again, and instead of just urging parents to fill it out, she is modeling its strength by sharing what was done last year from the feedback and communicating how important it is to continue to grow and make changes each year.

Last year Dana held a Youth Truth Summit and invited parents to be a part of it. Parents poured over the results and gave feedback. And, while sometimes people feel feedback goes nowhere (substantiated or not), it was not the case in this instance. Dana follows up with parents at the PTA meetings, Principal Coffee, PV Newsletter and other special meeting opportunities to give back information. She just sent out a letter today to the PV community, again sharing what was accomplished regarding Youth Truth last year and asking parents to reengage in this year's progress.

I would like to nominate her for this award as I feel she has modeled a few of the Graduate Profile goals fantastically.

Jose Rosales
Jose RosalesNight Custodian / DO
Jose exemplifies service. He proactively contacted me the mornings of all the School Board meetings to see if there were any special needs for the night. He would check with me again after the Board meetings, in the evening, to see if there was anything else he could do.

This year he has helped Special Ed by setting up for our monthly trainings, which includes setting 107 up for 70+ people with tables and chairs. He also sets up for the various larger trainings we have here. He is very conscientious and cares about his work and his service. I nominate him based on his collaboration. Jose proactively communicates on a regular basis to assess our needs.

We appreciate Jose!

Brian Khoury
Brian KhourySDC Teacher / SMHS
Mr. Khoury helps students gain confidence. He teaches them about themselves and how to overcome the obstacles they face. He believes in his students' abilities and encourages them. He has a supportive teaching style and sets his students up for success. His own students share about the impact that Mr. Khoury has had in their lives.


Melissa Duggan
Melissa DugganBond Project Coordinator / DO
Caroline Purtell
Caroline PurtellSchool Office Manager / NHS
Melanie Gutierrez
Melanie GutierrezTeacher / Lynwood
Robin Nosti
Robin NostiTeacher / Olive


Graciela Navarro
Graciela NavarroNight Custodian / Hamilton
Lucia Avalos
Lucia AvalosPlayground Supervisor / Loma Verde
Janna Morbitz
Janna MorbitzTeacher / San Jose
Irene Howard
Irene HowardTeacher / Rancho

May 2019

Andrew StrawbridgeTeacher / Hamilton
Gabriel BrandInstructional Assistant / Lynwood
Heather ArnoldTeacher / NHS
Cassandra DiazSystems Analyst / DO: IT

April 2019

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

March 2019

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

February 2019

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

January 2019

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

December 2018

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

November 2018

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

October 2018

Steve LamottTeacher / SMHS
Miguel RaeParaeducator / Olive
Lisa NyquistTeacher / Loma Verde
Alex KinneeTeacher / NHS

September 2018

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

May 2018

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

April 2018

Roberto CordobaCustodian / Olive
Diane ElsmoreTeacher / San Ramon
Arthur MendoncaCustodian / Hill Center
Ben KnudsonTeacher / NHS

March 2018

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

February 2018

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

January 2018

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

December 2017

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

November 2017

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

October 2017

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

September 2017

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

August 2017

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

May 2017

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

April 2017

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

March 2017

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

February 2017

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

January 2017

Elizabeth VegaTeacher / Loma Verde
Ernesto ZamoranoCustodian III / NHS
Sara DavisMath Teacher / SMHS
Allison McIvorMusic Teacher / SMHS

December 2016

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

November 2016

Mark SilvaDirector - Maintenance, Operations & Transportation
Amanda Davis5th Grade Teacher - Pleasant Valley Elementary
Peter OrnsteinCinematic Arts Teacher, MSA Director - Novato High School
Mary PozziLA / SS Teacher - San Jose Middle School
Jonathan Ferrer
Jonathan FerrerAssistant Superintendent, Human Resources
Kris Cosca
Kris CoscaSuperintendent
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