Jose Sanchez, principal of Apricot Valley Elementary School, and Lisa Salsman, a school parent, nominated William “Bill” Lee, campus supervisor, for the award. They said “Mr. Bill” has been a great role model for the staff and children at Apricot Valley.
Each morning Mr. Bill gives “high fives” to students and provides encouraging words. At the end of the day, he reminds the students to complete their homework and remain safe.
Mr. Bill also helps keep the students safe by directing traffic and monitoring the crosswalk at the school. He is on the school’s safety committee and has worked with the district’s maintenance department to control the flow of traffic throughout the school parking lot.
Lee, a coin collector, also showcases his knowledge of coins to students in the classroom. He is also involved in many Patterson services within the community, including Little League, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Alysonn Cassidy, after school program director for the school district, and Alma Romo, Walnut Grove principal, nominated Nichole Pinedo for the award. Cassidy describes Pinedo as a person whose organizational skills are “top-shelf” and who plays a large role in how successfully she manages the after school program.
Pinedo strives for excellence for herself, employees, volunteers, students and the school faculty, while at the same time having a playful attitude, Cassidy explains. Romo said Pinedo takes her work very seriously and has a large hand in ensuring the daily operations of the after school program.
The after school program at Walnut Grove also provides support and intervention for students struggling in English and for students who are struggling in the Spanish Immersion Program.
During the Jan. 21 event in Modesto, five classified staff of the 26 nominated from throughout the county schools were selected to represent Stanislaus County in the California School Employee of the Year program later this spring.
For the second year, the Education Foundation of Stanislaus Co. presented the Jane Johnston Civility award to one nominee for exemplifying the principles of civility at her school.
The honor was named for assistant superintendent Jane Johnston, who died in 2012. Johnston helped launch the countywide school initiative Choose Civility.