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2017-18 Employee of the Year Recipients

Families and Fans Applauded Employee Honorees for Their Dedication and Commitment to Helping Every Learning Student in Every Classroom in Every Subject, Every Day

ELK GROVE, Calif. – June 14, 2018 – Families and fans, many of whom wore matching T-shirts in support of an honoree, arrived en masse to support and applaud chosen employees at the annual Employee of the Year recognition ceremony during the June 12th Board Meeting. This year’s 10 outstanding employees each received a plaque and remarks for their contributions toward creating welcoming and safe learning environments for all students. Each employee was nominated and selected by their affiliated members, and these ten employees stood tall in acknowledgement of their mindfulness and mindset to help others achieve their hopes and dreams.

The 2017-18 Employees of the Year for the Elk Grove Unified School District are:

CATEGORY NAME JOB TITLE  SITE
AFSCME American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Gerald Barnes II Lead Custodian I Helen Carr Castello Elementary School
ATU Amalgamated Transit Union Chasco Foster Bus Mechanic Assistant (Fuel) Transportation Department
CSEA California School Employees Association Felix Maroney Paraeducator, SE, Moderate/Severe Laguna Creek High School
EGTEAMS Elk Grove Team for Education/Administrative Management and Support Emily Ruhnke Administrative Assistant II Research & Evaluation
EGTEAMS Elk Grove Team for Education/Administrative Management and Support Steven Aldag Programmer Analyst III Technology Services
EGTEAMS Elk Grove Team for Education/Administrative Management and Support Tony Almeida Manager Custodial Service Maintenance & Operations
NUHW National United Health Workers Lezette Azevedo Mental Health Therapist Stone Lake Elementary / SSHS
PSWA Psychologists and Social Workers Erika Crooks Psychologist,  SS & HS Samuel Jackman Middle School
Elk Grove Education Association (EGEA) Teacher of the Year Hope Weston 6th Grade Teacher Elliott Ranch Elementary
Elk Grove Education Association (EGEA) Teacher of the Year Michael Steele High School Mathematics Teacher Franklin High School


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.

For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit www.egusd.net and follow us @ElkGroveUnified on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and Eventbrite.

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