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Employees of the Year

LEUSD 'Employees of the Year' 2017 Announced (view our video tributes)

District hosts Appreciation Reception event for all honorees on May 9, 2017
LEUSD is proud to announce its Employees of the Year for 2017. “Positive, professional relationships underlie our success and impact on student college and career readiness,” said Superintendent Dr. Doug Kimberly. “Our employees of the year exemplify LEUSD’s commitment and values for a 21st Century education.”
 
The District's annual Appreciation and Awards Reception will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 3 p.m., at Pins ‘n Pockets, in Lake Elsinore for honorees and guests. District retirees and five recipients of LEUSD’s Citizen Award will also be recognized. There is no admission charge to attend this recognition event.

 

Ten honorees have been selected as Employees of the Year from the district; as finalists, they are now eligible to apply to the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) for recognition at the county level:

 

Genie Kelley,* Elementary Teacher (Rice Canyon Elementary).............................. Teacher of the Year-Elem.

Jackie Powell,* Science (Elsinore Middle School)..................................................... Teacher of the Year-MS

Crystal Hofmann,** English (Elsinore High School)................................................... Teacher of the Year-HS

Genie Stearns, Speech/Language Pathologist (Donald Graham ES)...................... Site Support Employee

Karen Koski, Administrative Secretary (Admin. & Fiscal Support Services).......... Confidential Employee

Donna Wolter, Director of Special Education, Student & Instructional SS............ Certificated Administrator

Nick Powers, Principal (Canyon Lake Middle School)............................................... Principal of the Year

Bill Fruin, Counselor (Elsinore Middle School)............................................................ Counselor of the Year

Julie Scranton, Supervisor, Safety and Risk Services (Risk & Safety)...................... Classified Administrator

Cindy Close, Campus & Study Hall Supervisor (KMA/Ortega HS)............................ Classified Employee

Seven of the District honorees above will be invited to RCOE’s annual Celebrating Educators program in May, but because of the timing of county and state Teacher awards, Teachers of the Year honorees with an asterisk (*) are selected a year in advance of RCOE’s recognition event in 2018. ** denotes RCOE 'Teacher of the Year' semifinalist.

 

District school and site Employees of the Year and Teachers of the Year were determined by a vote of their peers, or, in some cases, were selected by administrators. The District's Site Employees of the Year listed below will also be celebrated at LEUSD’s annual Appreciation Reception on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., at Pins ‘n Pockets, 32250 Mission Trail, Lake Elsinore.

 

Site Employees of the Year

School or District Site

Employees & Teachers of the Year (E.O.Y., T.O.Y.)

Categories

Cottonwood Canyon Elementary

Lisa Araneda, Elementary

Debbie Arguello, Para ed. II

Celeste Solomon, Speech/ Language Pathologist

Marcie Coon, Counselor

Teacher

Classified

Site Support

 

Counselor

Donald Graham Elementary

Kristin DuCharme, Elementary

Denise Swoope, Library/Media Asst. II

Genie Stearns, Speech/Language Pathologist

Teacher

Classified

 

Site Support/E.O.Y.

Elsinore Elementary

Gloria Fuentes, Elementary

Teresa Turner, Secretary III

Teacher

Classified

Earl Warren Elementary

Lisa Birt-Landro, Elementary

Cindy Gerard, Custodian II

Teacher

Classified

Machado Elementary

Leonore Bentley, Elementary

Gloria Tanahuvia, Health Tech

Elizabeth Rosenkrantz, Nurse

Teacher

Classified

Site Support

Rice Canyon Elementary

Genie Kelley*, Elementary

Joyce Menendez, Para Ed. II Bilingual

Teacher/Dist. T.O.Y.

Classified

Railroad Canyon Elementary

Donald Craig, Elementary

Teacher

Ronald Reagan Elementary

Robert Kent, Elementary

Crystal Simioli, Para Ed. II Spec Ed

Julie Berg, Nurse

Teacher

Classified

Site Support

Tuscany Hills Elementary

Lori Schiavon, Elementary

Maggie Castellanos, Childcare Asst.

Teacher

Classified

William Collier Elementary

Jennifer Davis, Elementary

Guy Taylor, Custodian II

Lisa Winslow, Speech/Language Pathologist

Teacher

Classified

Site Support

Wildomar Elementary

Melissa Engelhart, Library/Media Asst. II

Classified

 

Withrow Elementary

Sally Bergmann, Elementary

Maria Gomez, Paraeducator II/Bilingual

Teacher

Classified

 

Lakeland Village School K-8

Monique Poldberg, 2nd Grade

Kathy Monteleone, Paraeducator II/Special Education

Mandy Murphy, Speech/Language Pathologist

Megan Roberts, Counselor

Teacher

Classified

 

Site Support

 

Counselor

Luiseño School K-8

Nancy August, 1st Grade

Crystal Sullivan, Secretary III

Kim Mantong, Speech/Language Pathologist

Teacher

Classified

Site Support

 

Canyon Lake Middle School

Dawna Gatrost, 7th Grade, AVID

Deanna Roach, Health Technician

Mireya Escalante-Torres, Behavior Intervention Specialist

Ed Surman, Counselor

Teacher

Classified

Site Support

 

Counselor

David A Brown Middle School

Carolyn Berry, ELD

Catrina Thomas, Campus & Study Hall Supervisor

Carol Neilsen, Psychologist

Robert Sutten, Counselor

Teacher

Classified

 

Site Support

Counselor

Elsinore Middle School

Jackie Powell, Science

Debbie Briggs, Clerk III: Assignment

Lily Carter, Nurse

Bill Fruin, Counselor

Teacher/Dist. T.O.Y.

Classified

 

Site Support

Counselor/E.O.Y.

Terra Cotta Middle School

Ruth Metzger, RSP

William Mileham, Custodian II

Katherine Daugherty, Psychologist

Maria Finazzo, Counselor

Teacher

Classified

Site Support

 

Counselor

Elsinore High School

Crystal Hofmann,* English

Amanda Castello, Campus & Study Hall Supervisor

Jennifer Edquist, Nurse

Laura Sanchez, Counselor

Teacher/Dist. T.O.Y.

Classified

 

Site Support

Counselor

Lakeside High School

Mike Kerber, Algebra

Daniell Marcello, Paraeducator II/Special Education

Lily Carter, Nurse

Valerie Geason, Counselor

Teacher

Classified

 

Site Support

Counselor

Temescal Canyon High School

Neal Post, AP World History

Gonzalo Martin Sanchez, Grounds Worker

Natalia Barraza, Psychologist

Kebra Deckert, Counselor

Teacher

Classified

 

Site Support

Counselor

Ortega High School

Adam Read, Math, Biology

Cindy Close, Campus & Study Hall Supervisor

Teacher

Classified

 

Keith McCarthy Academy

Amanda Klopp, English

Cindy Close, Campus & Study Hall Supervisor

Teacher

Classified/E.O.Y.

Participating Departmental Recognitions

Children & Family Services

Sheri Shelter-Wood, Secretary II

Classified

Maintenance & Operations

Kellen Allen, Grounds Worker

Classified

Personnel Support Services

Irene Miller, Sr. Personnel Clerk

Classified

Student Support Services

Rachel Carroll, Job Coach/ Developer

Classified

Transportation

Jose Danny Perez, Lead Mechanic

Classified

Download the full News Release and Awards Ceremony Poster (list of honorees)