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 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 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 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 DugganBond Project Coordinator / DO
Caroline PurtellSchool Office Manager / NHS
Melanie GutierrezTeacher / Lynwood
Robin NostiTeacher / Olive
Graciela NavarroNight Custodian / Hamilton
Lucia AvalosPlayground Supervisor / Loma Verde
Janna MorbitzTeacher / San Jose
Irene HowardTeacher / Rancho
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