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Employees of the Year

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 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. 

Over 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 attendees. Ten of these employees were selected to advance to the county level to compete against other educators and classified staff in Riverside County. 

Governing Board President Vic Scavarda 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 then took the stage and recognized all of the sponsors to thank them for their continued support of this program. After each site principal and department director was given an opportunity to thank their employees for their hard work, Superintendent Christi Barrett called the ten employees advancing to county on stage. She spoke about their dedication and loyalty on an individual basis and thanked them for their dedication to the students within Hemet Unified. 

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. 

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, Tahquitz High School ASB for the decorations and assistance, Maintenance and Operations department for setting up the event, Nutrition Services for providing refreshments, Human Resources for assisting throughout the ceremony, and to the family and friends who came to show their support!

 

2016-2017 School Site and Department Employees of the Year

Acacia Middle School

Anthony Blake

Teacher of the Year

 

Tammy Acevez

Classified Employee

Alessandro High School/ACE

Kristina Killien-Ward

Teacher of the Year

 

Ann Raish

Classified Employee

ASPIRE

Robert Oliver

Teacher of the Year

 

Carolina Hernandez

Classified Employee

Bautista Creek Elementary

Patricia Maddox

Teacher of the Year

 

David Major

Classified Employee

Cawston Elementary School

Lori Hulsey

Teacher of the Year

 

Melinda Cunningham

Classified Employee

Cottonwood School

Sonia Rangel

Teacher of the Year

 

Robin Miller

Classified Employee

Dartmouth Middle School

Suzette Mazza

Teacher of the Year

 

Cheri Lopez

Classified Employee

Diamond Valley Middle School

Melissa Torres

Teacher of the Year

 

Helena Albright

Classified Employee

District Office

Sara Garcia

Classified, Child Welfare and Attendance

 

Mary Mikolaycik

Certficated, Health Services

 

Yolanda Duran

Classified, Educational Services

 

Lisa Apodaca

Classified, Fiscal Services

 

Jesus Rodriguez

Classified, Maintenance & Operations

 

Adriane McCoy-Wilson

Classified, Nutrition Services

 

Shirley Aggasid

Classified, Purchasing

 

Karie Heier

Classified, SAFE Program

 

Joan Cole

Classified, Special Education

 

Darla Williams

Classified, Transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

FTLC/HHJCPHS Helen Hunt Jackson

Karen Pinneo

Teacher of the Year

Family Tree Learning Center

Debi Marcuson

Teacher of the Year

Helen Hunt Jackson

Dana Mitchell

Classified Employee

Fruitvale Elementary School

Aaron Coyle

Teacher of the Year

 

Bobbi Walck

Classified Employee

Hamilton School

Stephanie Edwards

Teacher of the Year

 

Cindy Cornejo

Classified Employee

Hamilton High School

Keith Gwyn

Teacher of the Year

 

Diane Langill

Classified Employee

Harmony Elementary School

Joe Pollock

Teacher of the Year

 

Shirley Myers

Classified Employee

Hemet High School

Rodney Kemp

Teacher of the Year

 

Chatele Clark

Classified Employee

Idyllwild School

Brennen Priefer

Teacher of the Year

 

Bethany Swanson

Classified of the Year

Jacob Wiens Elementary

Laura Azpeitia

Teacher of the Year

 

Maria Griselda Alvarez

Classified Employee

Little Lake Elementary

Lilia Andersen

Teacher of the Year

 

Dana Mitchell

Classified Employee

McSweeny Elementary School

Matt Huff

Teacher of the Year

 

Tanya Barnett

Classified Employee

Preschool Programs

Rebecca Sims

Teacher of the Year

 

Lori Hartigan

Classified Employee

Ramona Elementary School

Mark Gruntz

Teacher of the Year

 

Kelly Smith

Classified Employee

Rancho Viejo Middle School

Israel Marshall

Teacher of the Year

 

Victoria Bremner

Classified Employee

 

Jonathon Workman

Principal of the Year

Tahquitz High School

Jill Sugita

Teacher of the Year

 

Tonia Gonzalez

Classified Employee

Valle Vista Elementary School

Danelle Nagy

Teacher of the Year

 

Candace La Chappa

Classified Employee

West Valley High School

John Campbell

Teacher of the Year

 

Martha Opferman

Classified Employee

Western Center Academy

Kimberley Kemmis

Teacher of the Year

 

Holly Necochea

Classified Employee

Whittier Elementary School

Sandra Carranza

Teacher of the Year

 

Elaine Cooper

Classified Employee

Winchester School

Caryn Pastorius

Teacher of the Year

 

Daniel Marquez

Classified Employee

 

 

 

County Employees

Eloise Nungaray, Human Resources Technician

Confidential Employee

 

Susan Breyer, Instructional Coach, Professional Development

Certificated Site Support

 

Stephanie Mitchell, District BARR Implementation Counselor, COSA, Ed Services

Counselor of the Year

 

Hans Twardowski, Director of Facilities

Classified Administrator

 

Dennis Massey, Child Welfare and Attendance Coordinator

Certificated Administrator

 

Jonathon Workman, Principal, Rancho Viejo Middle School

Principal of the Year

 

Yolanda Duran, District Language Evaluator, Educational Services

Classified Employee of the Year

 

 

Sandra Mendez Carranza,

Kindergarten Teacher, Whittier Elementary School

Teacher of the Year

 

Israel Marshall, Language Arts Teacher, Rancho Viejo Middle School

Teacher of the Year

 

Rodney Kemp, Math Teacher, Hemet High School

Teacher of the Year