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Staff Member(s) / Department Name Site/DepartmentDescription on Why the person was nominatedSubmitted ByDate Submitted
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Yasarette ValdiviaMontgomery Middle School Creating amazing opportunities and providing such meaningful services for our school community not only at Academic Career Night but throughout the year. You truly make it great to be a Mayan!Louie J. Zumstein9/15/2017
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Verenice HernandezMontgomery Middle School Creating amazing opportunities and providing such meaningful services for our school community not only at Academic Career Night but throughout the year. You truly make it great to be a Mayan!Louie J. Zumstein9/15/2017
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Maria Zamora-FelkinsMontgomery Middle School Creating amazing opportunities and providing such meaningful services for our school community not only at Academic Career Night but throughout the year. You truly make it great to be a Mayan!Louie J. Zumstein9/15/2017
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Hugo MartinezMar Vista High School Going above and beyond providing translation services at our Academic Success Night. Hugo's caring and helpful ways made a positive difference in our presentations to parents and students. Thank you for putting our school community first!Louie J. Zumstein9/15/2017
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Jonathan BerruecosEastlake High School His commitment in making our classrooms look its best. Gives It His All 100 percentDiane9/14/2017
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Margaret SedorAlternative EducationHer professionalism and dedication to support ongoing training to the Department of Alternative Education staff. Thank you!Dr. Jay Marquand9/14/2017
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Carla JacobsSpecial ServicesHer professionalism and dedication to support ongoing training to the Department of Alternative Education staff. Thank you!Dr. Jay Marquand9/14/2017
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Antonia LeivasAlternative EducationHer professionalism and passion for sharing best practices to colleagues during a professional development day. Thank you!Dr. Jay Marquand9/14/2017
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Reid BurnsAlternative EducationPresenting to the special education staff on best practices utilized in the classroom with studentsDr. Jay Marquand9/14/2017
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Dianne CorderoOlympian High SchoolOpening up your school for a Learning & Equity Walk within your first week on the job! We appreciate you and your staff for helping us grow as instructional leaders collaboratively. Thank you!Amy Illingworth9/14/2017
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Rudy TorresSouthwest Middle School Opening up your school for an AP Learning & Equity Walk! We appreciate you and your staff for helping us grow as instructional leaders and culture-builders collaboratively. Thank you!Amy Illingworth9/14/2017
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Easter FinleySouthwest Middle School Opening up your school for an AP Learning & Equity Walk! We appreciate you and your staff for helping us grow as instructional leaders and culture-builders collaboratively. Thank you!Amy Illingworth9/14/2017
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Ricardo CookeEastlake Middle School Opening up your school for an AP Learning & Equity Walk! We appreciate you and your staff for helping us grow as instructional leaders collaboratively. Thank you!Amy Illingworth9/14/2017
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Frank IssaEastlake Middle School Opening up your school for an AP Learning & Equity Walk! We appreciate you and your staff for helping us grow as instructional leaders collaboratively. Thank you!Amy Illingworth9/14/2017
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Alejandra InzunzaEastlake Middle School Opening up your school for an AP Learning & Equity Walk! We appreciate you and your staff for helping us grow as instructional leaders collaboratively. Thank you!Amy Illingworth9/14/2017
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Erin Parker Montgomery Middle School Making such a difference in bringing our math department together, leading the department with her strengths and most importantly for using her departments strengths in PLC's in order to plan amazing instruction for our students. Erin is extremely dedicated to our students and staff giving her time, efforts and talents without any hesitation. 9/13/2017
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Fredd SanchezNational City Middle School His dedication to our students and the Mariachi Program at National City Middle School. He is provides multiple opportunities to highlight our students in the community. Our students enjoy his class and truly appreciate the positive interactions in his class.Juan I. Gonzalez9/13/2017
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Jason Harney National City Middle School Being a team player and participating in all of our school activities. I love his school spirit!A. Mondragon-Zumstein9/13/2017
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Bruno ZamoranoNational City Middle School
Always going above and beyond for everyone on campus. He is a star!
A. Mondragon-Zumstein9/13/2017
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Jonathan BiongPalomar High SchoolIn the very short period of time that Mr. Jonathan Biong has been at Palomar, he was already fixed some of the major issues we had with technology. He goes above and beyond his duties and always assists staff with a friendly, professional manner. Palomar is very lucky to have him! Laura Javier9/12/2017
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Chris AlvarezBonita Vista High School Always working hard to help the school and make it a good environment to learn and growStudent9/12/2017
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Chris AlvarezBonita Vista High School Making the school a better place Student9/12/2017
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Gabriel GarciaBonita Vista High School
Being an amazing teacher and bettering the lives of many students.
Student9/11/2017
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Chris AlvarezBonita Vista High School Being an amazing mentor to myself and others, for holding a bond with his students while still keeping us in check. I appreciate his hard work and hours he has put into our ASBStudent9/11/2017
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Hayley SalazarOtay Ranch High School
There are no words to describe this wonderful and amazing teacher!
Miguel Chavarin9/11/2017
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Carrie Northum San Ysidro High School Being an incredible Coach who loves each and every single one of her students, and always seeing her students each Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for 2 hours with her robotic's students to help them succeed in becoming a strong teamCameron Schiller9/11/2017
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Chris AlvarezBonita Vista High School Being kind and considerate in every aspect and always helping me be a better Baron 9/11/2017
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Chris AlvarezBonita Vista High School Caring about the school more than anyone on campus.Student9/11/2017
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Robert PirazziniBonita Vista High School Being an amazing teacher and always there supporting his students while he has gone through a rough past weeks after his father passed away.Student9/11/2017
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Christina AdaBonita Vista High School
Making sure that all of her students feel recognized as individuals
Student9/11/2017
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Jeffery RiveraBonita Vista High School
For being the most excellent and caring staff members on campus.
Student9/11/2017
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Chris AlvarezBonita Vista High School
For being the most excellent and caring staff members on campus.
Student9/11/2017
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Chris AlvarezBonita Vista High School
Serving as ASB dean with great commitment, creativity, and passion
Student9/11/2017
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Chris AlvarezBonita Vista High School Being the absolute best ASB advisor and assistant principal.Student9/11/2017
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Benjamin ChanBonita Vista High School Helping me understand super complicated mathStudent
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Jennifer EksteinBonita Vista High School
Always being supportive and helping out every student no matter what.
Student9/11/2017
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Jose VallejoBonita Vista High School His massive compassion and dedication in making sure his students are learning out of personal interest and are engaged, rather than stress and obligation (recognition for his versatility) Student9/11/2017
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Chris AlvarezBonita Vista High School Being an incredible role modelStudent9/11/2017
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George LaFigueraBonita Vista High School The guidance for students into the real world. The love and care for his students and assistance of athletes within the school Student9/11/2017
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Eileen HayBonita Vista High School
Fostering my love for history and encouraging me to strive to succeed.
Student9/11/2017
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Robert PirazziniBonita Vista High School Being incredibly funny and being an incredibly great teacherStudent9/11/2017
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Sean TessadaBonita Vista High School Making class interesting and something to look forward to. And for being helpful and understanding Student9/11/2017
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Jose VallejoBonita Vista High School Being a good teacher and a positive influenceStudent9/11/2017
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Emily GarciaSpecial ServicesEmily is the one employee in Special Services you can count to step up and offer her help and assistance if you need it. She volunteers to help EVERY time we ask. It is noted Emily - you make a difference and we as a department are lucky to have you as part of our team! Thank you Emily!Susie Randle9/8/2017
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Troy JohnsonSpecial ServicesTroy is the backbone of the Special Services Department, assisting our psychological support staff on a daily basis. He is the person to go to for staffing and allocation questions. His willingness to help each and every one in the office is noted. He is knowledgeable, professional and helpful. We couldn't do it without you Troy. Thanks for being such a great team player.Susie Randle9/8/2017
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Ulysses AndradeMaintenanceHis continued support of the Special Services Department. I can count on Uly night and day to do his best to ensure that we have custodial coverage. It is obvious to us he cares about our work environment and the cleanliness of our facility. Thanks Uly.Susie Randle9/8/2017
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Donald PrincePurchasingHis patience, professionalism, willingness to work as a team to get the job done while keeping his sense of humor each and every step of the way. Don YOU made a difference!! I thank you for your continued support and outstanding effort of the Special Services Department. Thank you!Susie Randle9/8/2017
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Sarah SanchezSouthwest Middle School Her contributions to a successful first parent meeting. She and her AVID Tech students were instrumental in assisting parents create Jupiter Grades account, Campus Portal and gmail accounts. Thank you for teaching our students.Easter Finley 9/7/2017
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Claudia Olmos Southwest Middle School Performing her duties as assistant principal secretary above and beyond what is expected. She is diligent, kind yet firm, not afraid to have tough conversations with all stakeholders and willing to learn new things. Thank you for your excellent attitude.Easter Finley 9/7/2017
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Diana TellezMar Vista High School Leading our school's first ever "Friends of Rachel's" club which has a goal of creating a safe school free of bullying. She has spent her own time and money towards keeping this club going for her members and for our school. I want her to know how important the work she is doing is and how much she is appreciated for taking the initiative by being the club adviser. Savannah Sturges9/7/2017
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Amy HuntHuman ResourcesProviding professional development to our awesome Department of Alternative Education classified staff members. Thank you.Dr. Jay Marquand9/7/2017
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Wendy CassaniAlternative Education Otay Ranch High School Learning Center Supporting the needs of our Sweetwater families, particularly as new students enroll into our services. Dr. Jay Marquand9/7/2017
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Mariaelena MarquezMar Vista High School Math Teach Marielena Marquez. Arriving early to school, I overheard two 9th grade students talking about a math topic. They were so animated about how they had easily picked up a concept that I had to stop and ask them who their teacher was because I told them that the teacher would love to hear about their success. That teacher was Miss Marquez. I have rarely heard students speak so excitedly about being able to understand a topic in math - I am certain the success of these students and their positive feelings about their experience are a reflection of Miss Marquez's hardwork, dedication and creative approach in her classroom. Bravo Miss Marquez! Exciting, motivating and helping students find success in mathematics. John Ashley 9/7/2017
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Dean TroppAlternative Education Eastlake High School Learning Center Head Football CoachCONGRATULATIONS!!! on receiving a $1000 scholarship because of your efforts with student athletes awarded by the Chargers professional football team as being the "Coach of the Week" for San Diego County. Way to go Dean!Dr. Jay Marquand9/7/2017
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Allison MendozaMontgomery High School Open House presentation and is enthusiastic about preparing students for college. Oustanding AVID teacher who is VERY qualified, a Harvard graduate, and encourages my son to focus...thanks so much!Veronica Johnson 9/6/2017
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Donald SharkeyMontgomery High School Open House presentation and strives to challenge my son so he's better prepared for the AP test. Great teacher who engages students and makes it fun too!Veronica Johnson 9/6/2017
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Tiffany HowertonMontgomery High School Open House presentation and opportunity given to improve grade including being available for my son to meet with her especially since it's a challenging AP class. Great teacher and rapport with students!Veronica Johnson 9/6/2017
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Julia AnkerMontgomery High School Open House presentation and opportunities for grade improvement including availability for my son to meet with her. Great use of technology with math!Veronica Johnson 9/6/2017
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Montgomery High School Aztec For a Day Event!Veronica Johnson 9/6/2017
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Lorraine AlmendarezEastlake High School Learning CenterRelentless determination to ensure that all students receive quality education congenial counseling assistance college information community service opportunities and a dynamite spirit of caring, doing all so effortlessly while putting students first! Anthony Todd9/6/2017
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Art LopezSweetwater High School We are so grateful for Art Lopez's dynamic leadership, captivating vision, and unparalleled work ethic in the area of Computer Science! Because of his unrelenting belief that all students can learn computer science principles, Art Lopez partnered our district with organizations including CS-CaVE, the SD Super Computer Center and CREATE. Through these partnerships, Art Lopez has been instrumental in answering the national call for "CS for all" by inspiring district personnel and teachers to support the implementation of computer science courses in many of our high schools and middle schools. As a result of his inexorable spirit, our district is now recognized as a national leader and role model for CS implementation for all students. Thank you, Art Lopez!Sandra Hodge9/6/2017
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Heather Abaroa-BassetChula Vista High School Presenting a Chemistry lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Dawn CastilloRancho del Rey Middle Presenting a GS2 lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Paul Osuna Rancho del Rey Middle Presenting a GS 2 lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Richard AndersonRancho del Rey Middle Presenting a GS 2 lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Maria CanalesBonita Vista MiddlePresenting a GS 2 lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Kate KleespiesMar Vista AcademyPresenting a GS 2 lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Julie WalkerRancho del Rey Middle Presenting a GS 2 lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Dr. Michelle Mardahl-DumesnilBonita Vista High School Presenting a Biology lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Ausberto CisnerosGranger Jr. HighPresenting a GS 2 lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Danielle MesaOlympian High School Presenting a Chemistry lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Dr. Ben Fabian Olympian High School Presenting a Chemistry lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated! and for serving as the science materials manager for the NMSI grant 2017.Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Pete BishopHilltop High School Presenting a Physics lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Maureen RymerSweetwater High School Presenting a Physics lab demonstration at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Lauren PetersenMontgomery High School Leading the Biology PD at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Antonio Gutierrez Jr. Granger Jr. High School Leading the Biology PD at the 2017 "Sweetwater Back to School Day" Your help was greatly appreciated!Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Dr. Rachel MeisnerCastle Park High School Leading a Chemistry presentation at MOH " Back to school" Sweetwater Day 2017. Your help and support was appreciated by all.Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Eileen BigorniaAlternative Education Her expertise in training over 25 schools on science safety, her role on the district science safety committee and for driving to Irvine to bring back donated lab supplies to our science teachers.Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Cesar CanizalesFacilities & OperationsConducting over 25 science safety presentations to all middle and high schools in 2016-2017 and for his assistance and expertise with the Science Safety Team.Melanie Brown9/5/2017
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Andy HigdonInformation TechnologyAndy is working with the Science Curriculum Department to install programs that will run new science tools. Thank you Andy for your contribution to SUHSD Science Melanie Brown9/1/2017
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Dr. Louise WalkerOlympian High School Her leadership and tireless effort to ensure Olympian High School's expanded recycling program is successful. Thanks to her OHS will truly "go green".Alicia Pentz-Lopez 8/31/2017
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Stephanie KinnamonMar Vista High School A huge thank you to the amazing Stephanie Kinnamon for the personalized instruction she provides for students, her servant-leadership within her school and community, and her selfless service in a variety of volunteer activities! Stephanie's service over the years has ranged from involvement in local civic events to PTA president and from robotics Team Mom and tournament judge to bringing smiles to the hearts of many through individual acts of kindness. Her unparalleled organizational skills, captivating personality, and "second mile" work ethic have endeared her to many! She is truly one of the most delightful personalities on this planet!Sandra Hodge8/30/2017
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Ruben BaezaMar Vista High School His continued service and high level of commitment to Mar Vista High School. Mr. Baeza has willingly placed himself in different leadership positions on campus to allow himself to grow. Thank you Ruben for your leadership.Rich Carreon8/29/2017
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Ligaya QuitilenHuman ResourcesHer support and service that she provides to MVH. She is professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable with her work. It is not uncommon for Mrs. Quitilen to respond to emails well beyond her duty day. Simply put, Ligaya Rocks! Much appreciation for your kind service and great sense of humor.Rich Carreon8/29/2017
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Norma OrtegaNational City Middle School Always having a positive attitude when working with students in the library. She goes above and beyond daily.A. Mondragon-Zumstein8/29/2017
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Alejandra InzunzaEastlake Middle SchoolAlejandra Inzunza is a ray of sunshine, a powerhouse of positive energy, and a light that brightens hearts! Her warm smile, hand of outreach, and words that recognize excellence, have endeared her to the hearts of many! We are heart-warmed by the personal phone calls she makes to parents, colleagues and community members with words of commendation. We are grateful for the selfless service she renders as a mentor administrator, her work with the TOYS, and her amazing networking and organizational skills in planning and hosting events -- even on a day's notice! And we smile with gladness as she shares stories and experiences that inspire hope and promote kindness. She is indeed a rising star whose light of influence grows brighter with each passing day.David and Sandra Hodge8/29/2017
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Karly GamezNational City MiddleOutstanding support to parents and community members of NCM. You bring compassion, empathy and support to our team and we are lucky to have you!Tessa Walkup8/28/2017
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Angela VasquezNational City MiddleOutstanding support to at-risk students by providing afterschool tutorials to ensure students have additional support with meeting course competencies. We are lucky to have you as part of our team!Tessa Walkup8/28/2017
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Joseph BennetNational City MiddleOutstanding support to at-risk students by providing afterschool tutorials to ensure students have additional support with meeting course competencies. We are lucky to have you as part of our team!Tessa Walkup8/28/2017
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Joanne HernandezNational City MiddleOutstanding support to at-risk students by providing afterschool tutorials to ensure students have additional support with meeting course competencies. We are lucky to have you as part of our team!Tessa Walkup8/28/2017
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Roy "Mack" KutznerMar Vista High School Always going above and beyond to help get venues ready for athletics. He is always prompt and does a professional job to ensure our facilities are set up properly for our student-athletes. Tyler Arciaga8/27/2017
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Anthony ToddEastlake High School always going above and beyond. I appreciate all of the help that you give our Learning Center students. Thanks for all you do. Your dedication to the EHSLC does not go unnoticed.Lorraine Almendarez8/23/2017
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Claudia PetersonEastlake High School Your hard work and dedication to Eastlake High School. Thanks for all you do.Lorraine Almendarez8/23/2017
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Alex HernandezEastlake High School Eastlake High School Gardener- he takes a lot of pride in his work. He does an outstanding job and I just wanted to say THANK YOU. Our school looks much better because of you.Lorraine Almendarez8/23/2017
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Elena EstradaOlympian High School her outstanding work in support of Olympian ELD students.Alicia Pentz-Lopez & Jessica Skinner8/22/2017
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Esmeralda CameonNational City Middle School always helping anyone and everyone with their needs, he does it all! She is wonderful!!! A. Mondragon-Zumstein8/21/2017
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Marianne PlaceyNational City Middle School Keeping our students and staff healthy and going above and beyond daily. We are fortunate to have her as our school nurse.A. Mondragon-Zumstein8/21/2017
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Claudia SaenzNational City Middle School Being such a hard working, efficient and professional registrar. She facilitates the registration process for our parents and students. Huge asset to NCMS.A. Mondragon-Zumstein8/21/2017
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Laura TommaNational City Middle School Always having a positive attitude while working with students, parents and staff. Mrs.Tomma brightens up NCM daily. Thank you for all that you do!A. Mondragon-Zumstein8/21/2017
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