Lidia Buriel, one of the bilingual school psychologists in the local district, was nominated by Tracy Manzoni, program specialist for special education. Manzoni said in her 24 years of experience in special education, Buriel is by far the best school psychologist she has had the privilege of working with.
Buriel works diligently to establish positive relationships with students, staff and parents, she stressed. Buriel conducts home visits, makes phone calls after hours to families, stays late and finishes whatever she needs to do. Her professionalism is exemplary and she has a calm, positive and effective manner in working with people that maintain respect for all, Manzoni explained.
Tony Olvera, the Classified Employee of the Month for January, was recognized for his honesty and trustworthiness when he found and turned in a lost valuable wedding ring on the campus at Northmead Elementary School. Christina Garcia, After School Program coordinator, nominated Olvera for the award.
Jose Sanchez, Apricot Valley Elementary School principal, nominated third-grade teacher Kathy Molina for February recognition. Molina has played an important role as a leadership team member at Apricot Valley, Sanchez explained. She is part of the No Excuses team that has attended several conferences in Indian Wells, Chicago, Seattle and San Antonio. As part of the No Excuses Committee for Apricot Valley she has recommended effective strategies to be used at the school site.
This year, Molina—along with two other teachers—took a classroom management system for discipline implemented in a middle school in Amarillo, Texas and made changes to it. Then, with the collaboration of the school’s administration, she implemented the plan school-wide. She has also played an integral part of applying instructional technology at the school.
As a grade level lead for third-grade district wide, she has attended several training sessions on the application of Common Core testing system. Along with all these duties, Sanchez said Molina excels as a classroom teacher, noting that her students are exposed to high quality instruction.
Juan Navarro, assistant principal of Walnut Grove School and Lori Hay, school attendance clerk, nominated Angela Warenas for the employee award. Warenas wears many different hats and Walnut Grove students jut love her, said Alma Romo, the school’s principal, who presented Warenas with the award.
Romo added that Warenas, campus supervisor, is the first person students see in the morning. “Miss Angie,” as she is known at Walnut Grove, exemplifies her professionalism at all times with her good-natured character. She carries herself in a spritely demeanor day-in and day-out, bringing out the best in everyone around her, Navarro wrote in his nomination.
Students, staff and parents respect her and she maintains an open line of communication with students, staff, teachers and administrators. Warenas stays late, volunteers for school functions such as dances, PTO events, and school fundraisers that are held on the weekends. Hay adds that Warenas is always there to lend a helping hand and is a room mother for any teacher that needs a hand. She always has a “yes” for anything that is asked of her. Wildcats love Miss Angie, Hay said.
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