Employee of the Month

Monthly Awards for Teachers and Classified Employees!

 (nominations by staff only, please)

We would like to thank our community businesses for their generosity and for wanting to recognize the work of our staff! 

 

 

Jacob Young Financial is a Financial Planning Firm located in Watsonville, specializing in retirement planning. The company sponsors and manages the Educator of the Month Award and the Classified Employee of the Month programs.  The selection committee is comprised of retired classified and certificated employees. All district employees are encouraged to participate by nominating a peer who has gone above and beyond to support students. Recipients are honored in front of their peers at their site and at a board meeting. 

 

Attached are the nomination forms with instructions for submitting a nomination, as well as information on the selection process.

 

Teacher of the Month Nomination Form/Selection Process

Classified Employee of the Month Nomination Form/Selection Process

2013-14 RECIPIENTS

FEBRUARY Recipeints

Susan Gallagher 02-2014 TOM.pngEducator: Susan Gallegher, EA Hall Middle School

Gallagher is a math teacher at Edward A Hall Middle School where you can see and feel the excitement in her student's as she teaches math to them.  Last year Gallagher's students contributed to one of the highest Algebra scores in the district. She is the model of organization and efficiency. Her students come into the classroom knowing  the objective of the day for each and every period. Susan puts her students  first and is a role model for new teachers by providing support  to them.  She is patient, caring and kind and differentiates instruction for her students in fun and innovative ways.  Not only is she an excellent  teacher, she is also on the school Leadership Team, is the Math  Department Head, PLC Data Team Leader and the union rep, as well.  Susan Gallagher never seems to tire out.

(credit: Jacob Young Financial Service)

Muir Gaye COM 02-2014.jpgClassified: Gaye Muir, Pacific Coast Charter School, Office Manager

Muir  is the Office Manager for Pacific Coast Charter School, a small school housed in the district building.  Muir  wears many hats at PCCS as the receptionist, secretary, bookkeeper, registrar, tour guide, etc... She goes above and beyond her Office Manager  duties including decorating, cleaning, moving furniture and always bringing in goodies and fresh flowers  to share with  staff and students.  Muir  is always on the move, ready to jump in and tackle a large project  making sure that every detail is covered, and that the students' best interest  is represented in all respects.   She has been described as the 'sunshine' to the school, with her positive outlook, spunky personality and pleasant smile.  Gaye Muir  is respected and appreciated by the students and staff of Pacific Coast Charter School.

(credit: Jacob Young Financial Service)

 

 

NOVEMBER Recipients

Educator: Diane Holly, Lakeview Middle School

Ms. Holly is an 8th grade math teacher at Lakeview.  She always strives to make Algebra meaningful to her students by showing them how algebera is used in real life.  She is very passionate about the subjects she teachers. Diane is also the math department chairperson.  She is very hardworking and dedicated. She brings professionalism to her role as an educator, as well as her role as a curriculum leader.

(credit: Jacob Young Financial Service)

 

Classified: Megan Fuller, Aptos Jr. High School, Librarian

Ms. Megan Fuller is teh librarian at Aptos Jr. High. She is a great inspiration to all students.  She shares her passion for reading with every student. Ms. Fuller makes the library a safe place for everyone to go before school, during break, and at lunch. She has created a reading program that has helped improve sutdents reading skills, making it fun to read. She is very dedicated to her job and is always working to improve the library.

(credit: Jacob Young Financial Service)

 

 

OCTOBER Recipients

Margie Jennings.JPGEducator: Margie Jennings, Pajaro Middle School

 

Margie Jennings has taught at Pajaro Middel School for the past sixteen years, during this time she has demonstrated over and over again her commitment not only to students, but to the district and school communities.  Ms. Jennings goes above and beyond to ensure positive experiences for all students.  Her consistent enthusiasm inspires kids to do their best.  She is also a member of the PVUSD Coordinated School Health Committee and works hard to help improve the health of students in the district.  She always has a sparkle in her eye; she has a great sense of humor and is a joy to be around.

(credit: Jacob Young Financial Service)

 

Lupe Cruz.JPGClassified: Lupe Rocha, Pajaro Middle School, Librarian

Lupe Rocha is the Librarian at Pajaro Middle School; she plays a tremendous role in fostering the love of reading among students. She is gifted at finding the right book, in the right language, at the right level, for each child.  Ms. Rocha has created a warm welcoming environment for students to spend time in the library before school and during breaks. She is a tremendous support to all teachers and staff.  Ms. Cruz is an integral part of the learning commuinty at Pajaro Middle School and an invaluable mentor and role model for students.

(credit: Jacob Young Financial Service)

2012-2013 RECIPIENTS

May Recipients:

Educator: Kathy Corcoran, Pajaro Middle SchoolEducator of the Month - May

Corcoran is a teacher at Pajaro Middle  School. She is dedicated to teaching her students,and  listening to them as they seek her advice on personalmatters. Corcoran is always fine tuning her lesson plans to fit the needs of her class. She is described by Lynette Galindo as being very helpful to others;she's creative, hardworking and a mentor to many. She is a delight to work with.

 

 

 

Classified: Gigi Rodriguez, Transportation Department

May Classified Employee of the Month

Rodriguez is the office manager in the transportation department at PVUSD. Her nominator Mary Hoagland says this title doesn't even begin to describe what she does, nor how valuable she is to the department. Rodriguez is the glue that holds the transportation team together. She makes sure drivers get paid,mechanics get parts,dispatchers and instructors  have supplies. She does all this with a great attitude and sense of humor. She is well respected by all throughout the district.

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April Recipients:

Classified: Janet Linney, Purchasing Specialist, District Office

Classified Employee of the Monty April 2013

Linney is the senior buyer for the purchasing department at PVUSD.  She can always be counted on to make it a priority to assist everyone. She goes out of her way to assist with all purchasing requests no matter how challenging.  Linney never keeps one waiting, her response time is excpetional.  She is very knowledgeable and makes sure all purchase needs are met.  She is always professional, courteous and very pleasant to work with.  Linney is an exemplary employee who takes great pride in her work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Recipients:

Educator: Colleen Riggen, Mar Vista Elementary

Educator of the Month March

 

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District has named Colleen Riggen as Educator of the month and Denee Sereano as Classified Employee of the month. Both were nominated by their colleagues.

Riggen is a third grade teacher at Mar Vista Elementary. She was nominated by second grade teacher Risa Schwartz who says she has always felt confident placing her second grade students in Riggen’s class, she know they will be challenged and supported as needed. Riggen is admired for bringing her passion for writing into the classroom and igniting it in her students. She is described as a stellar teacher and well deserving of this accomplishment.

 

 

 

 

Classified employee:Denee Sereano, Librarian, Starlight Elementary

Classified of the Month MarchSereano has been the librarian at Starlight Elementary for the last eight years. She is described as being a very skilled, dedicated, and knowledgeable librarian. She is very dedicated to her students and teachers. She tries to make a connection with every single student and supports them in building their success as independent readers.   She is loved by all for her hard work and dedication, often going above and beyond her job requirements.

The recognition from PVUSD, which includes a $50 honorarium, is sponsored by Jacob Young Financial Services, an investment counselor that works with district staff.

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February Recipients:

Educator: John Simms, Aptos Jr. High School

 Educator of the Month Award Feb13

 Classified Employee: Rich Arellano, Textbook Media Specialist, DO Warehouse

Classified of the Month Feb12

The following is an article about Mr. Simms and Mr. Arellano that appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on Sunday, March 17, 2013:

ABOVE AND BEYOND

John Simms and Rich Arellano are the February employees of the month at Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

Simms has taught math at Aptos Junior High for 12 years.  Se serves as the department chair and data team leader for the math department, and is also the main tech support person on campus.

"John is an incredible asset to AJHS," stated Principal Brian Saxton.  "From his wonderful classroom teaching to his willingness to serve, he reaches all corners of and helps improve the learning for all students."

Arellano is in charge of the inventory and distribution of textbooks to all school sites in PVUSD. Nominator Monica Cesarello is astounded at how effeciently Arellano does his job, which is essential to quality teaching and learning.

The recognition from PVUSD, which includes a $50 honorarium, is sponsored by Jacob Young Financial Services, an investment counselor that works with district staff.  By: Justine DaCosta

2012 RECIPIENTS

November Recipients:

Educator: Shireen Goudarzi, HA Hyde Elementary School

Classified Employee: Marina Candor, ESL Registrar, Adult Educaiton 

 

October Recipients:

Educator: Veronica Hernandez, MacQuiddy Elementary School

Classified Employee: Betz Olivares, Registration Specialist, Language Arts Resource Center (LARC)

 

May Recipients:

Educator: Joel Amrani, Renaissance High School

Classified Employee: Debbie Lerma, Attendance Specialist, Adult Education 

 

April Recipients:

Educator: Sydnie Moore, MacQuiddy Elementary School

Classified Employee: Carrie Marquez, Attendance Clerk, Pacific Coast Charter School

 

March Recipients:

On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, the Board of Education and administration recognized the following two employees.

Educator of the Month:  Christine Kopecky, a teacher at Watsonville School, was nominated by her peer to receive the Educator of the Month Award. Ms. Kopecky is a model for outstanding teaching.  The letter nominating her states, “Her classroom routines provide a learning frame for students which helps measure their own growth over time…. Her relationships with students have been profound in many cases and memorable for most of the rest due to her ability to listen and push in the gentlest manner.”  In attendance at the meeting were Elaine Legorreta, Principal, as well as her proud parents. 

Classified Employee of the Month: Diana Martinez, Attendance Specialist at EA Hall Middle School, was nominated by her peers to receive the Classified Employee of the Month award. Ms. Martinez received many letters nominating her; in one of the letters, Ms. Martinez was described as a “hard working employee who goes over and above anything required of her and has a deep commitment to CSEA (California State Employees Association.  She is always professional and objective and can be counted on to see all versions before she makes a decision.”  In addition, it was noted that Ms. Martinez is a school volunteer, an active member of Relay for Life, and an involved member of the employees’ union.   EA Hall’s Assistant Principal, Matt Levy, was in attendance at the meeting along with many of her peers and family members. 

February Recipients:

On Wednesday, March 14, the Board of Education and administration of Pajaro Valley Unified School District recognized the following employees:

Educator of the Month: Gerardo Palafox, a teacher at Radcliff Elementary School, was nominated by his peer to receive the Educator of the Month Award. Creating a welcoming classroom, effective organizing skills and a positive disposition defines Mr. Palafox's character.  The letter nominating him states, “Mr. Palafox is an example of what all teachers should be.  Not only does he love his job, he is someone who truly cares about his students and the staff here at Radcliff.  He always goes the extra mile to help the children, their families and the staff.”  In attendance at the meeting were Ulli Kummerow, Principal, as well as some of his peers. 

Classified Employee of the Month: Vince Cendejas, Head Custodian at Watsonville High School, was nominated by his peer to receive the Classified Employee of the Month award.  In the nominating letter, Mr. Cendejas was described as a “constant light of [professionalism], courtesy and industry.”  WHS principal, Elaine Legorretta, was in attendance at the meeting and noted that Mr. Cendejas always managed to have a professional and positive attitude with staff and students alike.  She noted that he would be retiring and that the award is a great way to acknowledge his work. 

2011 Recipients

November 2011 Recipients

On Wednesday, November 16, the Board of Education and administration of Pajaro Valley Unified School District recognized the following employees:

Educator of the Month: Lanny Leighton, a teacher at Mintie White Elementary School, was nominated by her peer to receive the Educator of the Month Award. Creating a welcoming classroom, effective organizing skills and a positive disposition defines Ms. Leighton’s character.  The letter nominating her states, “I nominate Ms. Leighton for this honor because she is hard-working, innovative, and inspirational…. Trying new things is one reason why Ms. Leighton is always improving as a teacher. Watching a colleague grow like this is an inspiration.”  In attendance at the meeting were Bertha Torres, Principal, as well as some of her peers. 

Classified Employee of the Month: Perri Johnson, an Instructional Assistant at MacQuiddy Elementary School, was nominated by her peer to receive the Classified Employee of the Month award.  In the nominating letter, Ms. Johnson was described as an inspirational role model who “exudes positive energy…. She also finds time to plan fun and motivational events for the kids and fundraisers for the school.”  She was described as possessing the will and desire to do great things in small ways simply for the sake of the happiness that comes from making others happy. In attendance were her peers who were very proud to be part of the team. 

October 2011 Recipients

On Wednesday, October 12, the Board of Education and administration of Pajaro Valley Unified School District recognized the following employees:

Educator of the Month: Mike Donegan, a teacher at Rolling Hills Middle School, was nominated by his peers for his devotion to students. Mr. Rick Ito, principal, remarked that “Mr. Donegan is a teacher who does everything: yearbook editing, works with English Language Learners, works in the after school programs and offers technology support.”  He added that Mr. Donegan develops great relationships with students and staff and that he was honored to be part of giving him the award.

Classified Employee of the Month: Herlindo Fernandez, Energy Management Technician in the Maintenance and Operations department, was nominated by his peers and selected by the committee for his dedication to his work.  Mr. Steve Okamura, Energy Education Manager, spoke of Mr. Fernandez’ willingness to learn and help the team out whenever it was necessary.  Mr. Okamura stated that Mr. Fernandez learned the responsibilities of his position quickly and is a committed employee.  Also in attendance to witness his award were his family and Rick Mullikin, Director of the M&O department.