Amy Castillo Barron
For the past two years, Castillo Barron, a special education teacher at Patterson High School, has taken on the task of organizing and distributing Thanksgiving baskets for PHS, said teacher Valerie Jamieson, who nominated her for the award.
According to Jamieson, Castillo Barron collects the money and contacts the stores for discounts and donations, coordinates finding needy students, puts together the baskets, and delivers the food items. Castillo Barron has also started a special committee that helps to outreach to troubled or struggling students in an effort to reevaluate their own self-esteem.
Lisa Salsman, a librarian and media center specialist at Apricot Valley Elementary, is known as a kind woman who always has a smile on her face or positive things to say, said teacher Jennifer Williams. Williams and Apricot Valley Principal Jose Sanchez, both nominated Salsman for the award.
Salsman greets every child, teacher and staff member with respect and positive words when they enter the media center, said the nominators.
The children learn lessons with each book Salsman reads to them, and she constantly uses positive reinforcement to encourage the best out of everyone she interacts with, whether they are children or fellow adults.
Not only is she the school’s library media clerk, but she also takes charge of the computer lab where she monitors the school’s typing program. She can often be found preparing students for the Common Core assessments.
Additionally, Salsman fills teachers’ supply orders, monitors the students’ progress with the Accelerated Reader Program, and assists the PTO in raising money while simultaneously hosting the book fair. She is also an avid member of the School Site Council.
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