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 BrandInstructional Assistant / Lynwood
Gabriel * 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 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 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.
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