Our drivers are always looking out for the safety of our students. One driver in particular made a great choice with assisting a student when he noticed she wasn’t looking right and sat on the curb when she got off the bus. He didn’t drive away, nor did he just think she was being silly. He proceeded to see if she was okay and helped her out by waiting for her parents to come get her. This student actually has a congenital heart defect and she was blacking out. Thankfully our driver noticed something was off and went to assist with the student. The parents are over the moon with what the driver did and says that he saved her life. I cannot begin to say thanks to our driver for this awesome action.
Thank you Claude Elia & our whole Transportation Team!
“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 …
Graciela “Models the Way” every day in the way she cares for those around her and in her incredible work ethic. She goes the extra mile to ensure that our campus is spotless every day for our staff and students. Graciela leads by example taking on projects simply because it needs to get done. She is an absolute pleasure to have on campus and a gift to our school.
Lucia AvalosPlayground Supervisor / Loma Verde
Lucia Avalos is a yard supervisor and a parent in our school community. This year she has been leading the way and modeling inclusiveness by taking many risks in bridging gaps between our various communities on campus. She has been meeting with and participating more by attending and contributing to staff meetings and professional development normally only attended by certificated staff. Lucia has developed a playful connectedness with students on the yard and has become a liaison between Hispanic parents and the teachers at our school who do not speak Spanish. Lucia’s spirit in modeling the way is leading to other classified staff joining in the professional community of our school, making it a better place!
Janna MorbitzTeacher / San Jose
Janna is a .8 employee who feels like 2.0. Her unquenchable desire to serve kids is visible in everything she does. She sits on the COST team which helps to “triage” our information about students who are not thriving. She gives up her prep every week for this work and is always prepared with information about a student that has aroused her concern. She takes the time to form deep relationships with students AND their parents, calling home often for positive reasons as well as to discuss areas demanding attention. She voraciously reads and questions everything that we are considering as a staff and is a full (yet respectful) participant in the discussions and decisions that affect the life of the school. She uses every possible moment to get to know kids, so almost every time a student’s name is mentioned, Janna knows something about the student.
Her deep level of caring and her commitment to student success makes her a valuable member of our team.
Irene HowardTeacher / Rancho
Irene has created an warm loving environment in her classroom. She has spent countless hours teaching the children about inclusion, kindness and how to be a good friend. She allows the kids to grow and gives them comfort and warmth as they push through some tough challenges that come with any growth. Children feel loved and valued in her presence.
Andrew StrawbridgeTeacher / Hamilton
Gabriel BrandInstructional Assistant / Lynwood
Heather ArnoldTeacher / NHS
Cassandra DiazSystems Analyst / DO: IT
Helen Hughes-TomeAdmin Asst III / DO: SpEd
Kathy WarrenTeacher / SMHS
Eden ThibeaultTeacher / Lynwood
Rama KalluriCampus Supervisor / SJMS
Christina HawkinsTeacher / Rancho
Stella SimonTech Support Tech II / San Ramon
Tracy PickardSchool Office Manager / Loma Verde
Mary McGurkeTeacher / Sinaloa
Grace CosentinoTeacher / San Jose
Karen MatsonTeacher / Lu Sutton
Barbara RoddieLibrary Media Specialist / San Ramon
Juan RealCustodian III / Hamilton
Debra MattsonTeacher / Lynwood
Kelly JohnsonDirector - Special Ed / DO
Pam BakerSchool Office Manager / San Ramon
Emily CavalleroTeacher / Loma Verde
Tiki MartinSchool Projects-Fiscal Specialist / Loma Verde