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Employee of the Year Celebration

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Hemet Unified School District held its annual Employee of the Year Celebration. Every year, each department and school site nominates a Certificated and Classified employee to be recognized for their hard work.

Nearly 70 employees were nominated for this year’s Employee of the Year celebration. Thanks to the continued support from our sponsors, these employees were recognized in front of over 200 people. Ten employees were selected to advance to the county level to compete against others in Riverside County. 

Governing Board President Jim Smith opened the night’s event by thanking the audience for their support and led everyone in the pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence. Dr. LaFaye Platter called the sponsors on stage to thank them for their overwhelming support in this program. After each site principal and department director was given an opportunity to thank their employees being recognized, Dr. Barry L. Kayrell called the ten employees advancing to county on stage. He spoke about their dedication and loyalty on an individual basis and thanked them for their hard work.

Below is the list of employees who were recognized by their department or school site. Employees were given a beautiful keepsake box, certificate of recognition signed by the Superintendent, and an additional gift from Altura Credit Union. The ten employees selected to advance were also given a plaque and a Congressional Certificate from the Office of Raul Ruiz.

Thank you to our sponsors for their continued support: Altura Credit Union, Schools First Federal Credit Union, Keenan and Associates, Balfour Beatty Construction, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud and Romo Law Corporation, and Hemet Unified School District Management Association. A big thank you to Anady’s Trophies for the lovely engraved boxes, The House of Portraits for taking pictures of the employees, Paul Schell from Sound Waves Mobile Services for entertaining the crowd throughout the event,  the Office of Raul Ruiz for the Congressional Certificates, Tahquitz High School ASB for the decorations and assistance, Maintenance and Operations department for setting up the event, Nutrition Services for providing the refreshments, Human Resources for assisting throughout the ceremony, and to the family and friends who came to show their support!

2015-2016 School Site and Department Employees of the Year

Acacia Middle School

Elias Lopez

Teacher of the Year

 

Kim Stroschein

Classified Employee

Alessandro High School/ACE

Frances Garrison

Teacher of the Year

 

LuRece Springer

Classified Employee

ASPIRE

DJ Edwards

Teacher of the Year

 

Tina Chavira

Classified Employee

Bautista Creek Elementary

Daniel Terriquez

Teacher of the Year

 

Victoria Gomez

Classified Employee

Cawston Elementary School

Kristine Farley

Teacher of the Year

 

Candee Tejeda-Baker

Classified Employee

College Prep High School

Melissa Snow

Teacher of the Year

 

Valentina Abramovich

Classified Employee

Cottonwood School

LaNett Hollenkamp

Teacher of the Year

 

Jennifer Villalobos

Classified Employee

Dartmouth Middle School

Chad Snyder

Teacher of the Year

 

Diane Armbruster

Classified Employee

Diamond Valley Middle School

Joseph Tretter

Teacher of the Year

 

Ruth Schwab

Classified Employee

District Office

Larryssa Melzer

Classified, Print Shop

 

Walter Price

Classified, Maintenance & Operations

 

Scott Genton

Classified, Nutrition Services

 

Geronimo Saenz

Classified, SAFE Program

 

Tina Canon

Classified,Professional  Development

 

Edward Ayala

Classified, Transportation

 

Loretta Bishop

Classified, Technology

Family Learning Tree/Helen Hunt Jackson

Felice Hill

Teacher of the Year

 

Rene Rosen-Rager

Teacher of the Year

Fruitvale Elementary School

Sandra Pipitt

Teacher of the Year

 

 

 

Hamilton School

Kelly Brengle

Teacher of the Year

 

Kelly Rodriguez

Classified Employee

Hamilton High School

Jane Recht

Teacher of the Year

 

Natasha Firth

Classified Employee

Harmony Elementary School

Sharon Lopez

Teacher of the Year

 

Brenda Smith

Classified Employee

Hemet High School

Abbi Smith

Teacher of the Year

 

Cheryl Ramirez

Classified Employee

Idyllwild School

Bob Leih

Teacher of the Year

 

Melissa Churchill

Classified of the Year

Jacob Wiens Elementary

Rachel Adams

Teacher of the Year

 

Noemi Vargas

Classified Employee

Little Lake Elementary

Sandra Smith

Teacher of the Year

 

Dawn Gow

Classified Employee

McSweeny Elementary School

Teshia Shubert

Teacher of the Year

 

Sabine Leavitt

Classified Employee

Preschool Programs

Julietta Martinez

Teacher of the Year

 

Cinthia Gutierrez

Classified Employee

Ramona Elementary School

Elizabeth Padilla

Teacher of the Year

 

Beatriz Duran

Classified Employee

Rancho Viejo Middle School

Alison Buckler

Teacher of the Year

 

Sean Gardner

Classified Employee

Tahquitz High School

Kari McGowan

Teacher of the Year

 

Joi Burden

Classified Employee

Valle Vista Elementary School

Kathy Apffel

Teacher of the Year

 

Joanne Urban

Classified Employee

West Valley High School

Richard Dyckman

Teacher of the Year

 

Linda Maness

Classified Employee

Western Center Academy

Brenda DeLuna

Teacher of the Year

 

Javier Jauregui

Classified Employee

Whittier Elementary School

Patricia Johnson

Teacher of the Year

 

Dolores Ortega

Classified Employee

Winchester School

Darlene Mercer

Teacher of the Year

 

Brandy Northern

Classified Employee

 

 

 

 

Trisha Palmer, Administrative Assistant II, Human Resources

Confidential Employee

 

Lisa Kemp, BARR Counselor, Hemet High School

Counselor of the Year

 

Tanisha Polidore Penick, School Psychologist, Special Education Department

Certificated Site Support

 

Alisha Fogerty, Assistant Director, Fiscal Services

Classified Administrator

 

Greg White, Assistant Principal, Dartmouth Middle School

Certificated Administrator

 

Mark Delano, Principal, Winchester Elementary

Principal of the Year

 

Brenda DeLuna, Aquatic/Biology Teacher, Western Center Academy

Teacher of the Year

 

Richard Dyckman, Educational Specialist , West Valley High School

Teacher of the Year

 

Bob Leih, Science Teacher , Idyllwild School

Teacher of the Year

 

Joi Burden, Activities Assistant, Tahquitz High School

Classified Employee of the Year

 

 
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