As the school year winds down for students and staff, the Glendora Unified School District honored four employees this last week.
In an email to staff, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, Dominic DiGrazia praised those staff selected to receive recognition for the 2015-2016 school year.
“I am pleased to announce the recognition of four outstanding GUSD employees for their amazing efforts with our students, staff, and families on a daily basis”, DiGrazia said.
Teacher of the Year was awarded to Barbara Gautreau. She took the honor, also known as Certificated Employee of the Year, among so many dedicated district teachers. Gautreau teaches AP Calculus and Integrated Mathematics at Glendora High School. She has taught with GUSD since 1990.
One fun fact, which she may not remember, is that she was this reporter’s math teacher at Sandburg Middle School her first year teaching. Even back then, she was caring and always went the extra mile to help her students. Her impression on education is immeasurable. Way to go Mrs. Geautreau!
Phylis Johnson was named the 2016 Classified Employee of the Year. Johnson is a Special Education Instructional Aide at Goddard Middle School. Starting also in 1990, she and has been supporting our students at the highest levels beginning when she was an Instructional Aide at Cullen Elementary.
She has since been an integral part of the Goddard Middle School staff since 1995.
This year a new award was added, the “Rookie of the Year” for both classified and certificated employees. Staff must be new to the district, but not necessarily new to the field.
Eric Anderson, a custodian at La Fetra Elementary, was named the Classified Rookie of the Year.
Mentioned in the district email as “the epitome of service with a smile”, Anderson began as a substitute custodian in 2014 and secured a permanent position this last year while making a tremendous impact at La Fetra.
Joy Dunn was awareded the 2016 Certificated Rookie of the Year. Dunn is a counselor at Whitcomb High School.
She has assisted with DIS counseling services across the District this year as well. Though this is her first year at GUSD, she comes from La Cañada USD.
“Joy’s positive, “can do” attitude is contagious and her motivation of students is second to none” noted DiGrazia.
The award winners were also treated to a Dodger’s Game this last Friday night with tickets donated by Schools First Credit Union. The district selects the employees through a nomination and selection process.
Glendora City News would like to thank these staff for being such a terrific part of our district. We would also like to thank all of the staff throughout the district for a wonderful school year and always continuing to put our children first!