The sixth annual Making a Difference event on Jan. 22 was hosted by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Association of California School Administrators Stanislaus Charter.
The ceremony at the Martin Petersen Event Center in Modesto recognized school employees who are not teachers but work with students.
Superintendent Phil Alfano said Patterson’s two honorees routinely go the extra mile.
“Becky and Eva are outstanding employees who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of our students,” Alfano said. “Both are dedicated professionals who take the time to know their students and their families and understand what motivates each individual child.”
Reeves, the attendance clerk at Creekside Middle School, wears many hats in her effort to increase Creekside’s average daily attendance, according to district officials.
During the 2011-12 school year, Creekside reached a 96.4 percent attendance rate, compared with about 94 percent before Reeves began as clerk.
Reeves motivates students to go to school by creating positive relationships with those who have a habit of truancy and by keeping her promises to follow through with them, according to former Creekside Principal Shawn Posey, who nominated her for the award.
Reeves has direct, straightforward discussions with the children’s parents to emphasize the importance of education and school attendance, Posey wrote in his nomination.
At the end of the latest school year, some eighth-grade students presented Reeves with individual thank-you notes, naming her as the adult on campus who made the greatest difference in their lives because her actions helped them find their way to school.
Guevara, known as “Miss Eva,” serves her community in many capacities at Grayson Charter School.
Guevara grew up in Westley and attended Grayson School as a child. She took part in holiday festivities, such as schoolwide Christmas events and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and has fond memories of competing in the Stanislaus County Spelling Bee.
Guevara returned to her town as a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and originally was hired to work as a special-education aide.
As the needs of the school changed, she took on other duties, said Principal Arturo Duran, who nominated Guevara.
She also serves as a district certified translator and interpreter, supervises the playground and helps with interventions and data input.
She has served as summer school office secretary, speech aide and after-school program leader at Grayson Charter, and as an attendance clerk at Patterson High School.
In addition to helping students with academics, she has participated in Patterson High School’s Kids Helping Kids charity during her free time, helping take needy children to shop for warm clothing during the winter season.