Patterson Joint Unified School District Employees of the Month were honored at the trustee’s Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 meetings. They received a certificate and gift cards. Brandee Nanney and Steve Porras were honored in October and Sarita Ibarra and Nicole Chandler were honored in November.
Brandee Nanney, classroom aide, is working in the special education classroom at Las Palmas Elementary School with teacher Julie Du Priest. Dianne Harris, Las Palmas School principal who nominated Nanney for the award, said one would think a second credentialed teacher was in the room. Nanney has learned the curriculum, is able to reach students with some of the best teaching strategies and has developed new one-on-one strategies for an autistic student. Harris describes Nanney as creative, hard working and a go-getter. In addition to being a classroom aide, Nanney is a supervisor, nurse, secretary and anything else she finds to do. Sitting idle is not Nanney’s norm and she is always looking to help in any way she can, Harris explained.
Walnut Grove principal Alma Romo nominated Steve Porras, a Walnut Gove eighth-grade teacher, for the employee of the month award. Porras has gone above and beyond his duties by volunteering to teach an elective computer class, where students learn how to create Prezi presentations. Also, Porras has donated his time to create the Walnut Grove School Yearbook. Porras has also taken over the role of the school’s athletics director, a position that has been vacant since June. Porras is always willing to help in any way possible, Romo added.
Grayson Charter School Principal Arturo Duran presented the award to Ibarra, who Duran said has distinguished herself as being a very reliable employee. Ibarra goes out of her way to attend to those children who need help to complete the task at hand, said Sandra Silva-Cisneros, who nominated Ibarra. Ibarra is there to cheer students on to achieve their goals.
Joe Silveira, principal at Northmead Elementary School, nominated teacher Nicolle Chandler, who he described as an exceptional teacher who consistently pushes herself, her students and her principal to achieve more. Silveira said her planning is exemplary and her objectives are some of the most consistent and well written on the Northmead campus. Outside of the classroom, Chandler assisted with creation of the student council and led in the March of Dimes fundraising efforts. As a result of her efforts, Northmead raised more money per pupil than any other school in the district. Chandler is an exemplary teacher who puts forth extra effort to improve the lives of the children in the local district, Silveira added.
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