Diana Gregory, a teacher at Apricot Valley Elementary School and Lolita Garcia, who works at Northmead Elementary School, received certificates and gift cards for their honor.
Apricot Valley’s principal Jose Sanchez, who presented the award to Gregory, said when one walks into Gregory’s classroom it is evident that the students are receiving a great education. Gregory is someone who is always willing to learn new ways to improve student learning, Sanchez explained. She has also worked with several student teachers in the past and has mentored them to become great educators. She builds positive relationships with staff and parents and continues to show excitement for her subjects, which has become contagious towards her students, Sanchez said.
Northmead School’s principal Joe Silveira described Garcia as a dependable employee who strives for excellence each day. During her first year as an instructional aide working with intervention students, she had to learn new systems, deal with construction projects, classroom moves, and interact with struggling students who are sometimes weeks away from giving up. Garcia rolled up her sleeves and worked for the students while at the same time showing a caring attitude and wide smile. She also dedicated her time and money to move and paint so that her classroom looked great for those students next year. She then volunteered her time this summer to finish the job instead of waiting until next year.