School employees are recognized
by Maddy Houk
Sep 27, 2012 | 888 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four school employees were honored by Patterson Joint Unified School District as employees of the month at the district board meeting Sept. 17.

Jayme Gray and Diane Dougherty were honored for August and Jennifer Williams and Kelly White for September. They received gift cards , key chains and framed certificates.

Tonya Bibbins, the principal of Del Puerto High School, said Gray is a great asset to the school.

“Del Puerto has a small tight staff, and everyone goes above and beyond,” Bibbins said. “Jayme is the guru of special education and adult education — I don’t know when she sleeps.”

Gray, who also runs a business in Patterson, works with students who need extra help and special services. Bibbins said Gray helps any student in need, whether the student is in her caseload for the day or not.

Dougherty, a job developer at Patterson and Del Puerto High schools, helps adult transition students find jobs. She also puts in many hours to develop curriculum, according to Tracy Manzoni, district special education program specialist, who presented her with the award.

“Given our challenging economic times and rural community, she has the difficult responsibility of finding jobs for our adult students, preparing our students for employment opportunities,” Manzoni said. “She tirelessly works with potential employers, developing curriculum to promote students skills and meeting with families.”

Sara Michelena recognized Williams, a first-grade teacher at Apricot Valley Elementary School. She praised Williams’ work as Student Success Team leader and a member of intervention task force for No Excuses University at Apricot Valley.

Williams has completed a master’s degree in education curriculum coursework and helped with the writing of a $26,000 grant to pilot a new writing program and purchase classroom technology for Apricot Valley.

“She is an amazing teacher, does all of these things, and her classroom is amazing to walk into,” Michelena said.

Steve Menge, assistant superintendent of administrative services, presented the award to White, who runs the district print shop and also works in the payroll department. He said she delivers printed materials quickly and has held together the department in an era of budget cuts.

“We are now operating the payroll department with 33 percent less staff, in addition to running the district print shop full time,” Menge said. “We have been sailing along smoothly, even with all the adjustments. Kelly has been support to all sites with her hard work and patience.”

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