Tracy Manzoni, special education program specialist, nominated Kainoa, who is new to the district.
Dianne Harris, principal of Las Palmas, said although Kainoa has been at the school a short time, she has jumped in with both feet, acting as a responsible and resourceful special education instructor.
Kainoa has improved the resource program, ensuring that students with special needs are receiving the support services they need. Also, Kainoa covered another special education teacher’s caseload while that teacher was out on extended medical leave. She is described as being personable, professional, meticulous, and diligent with exemplary organization skills.
Kerry McWilliams, Creekside principal and Alysonn Cassidy, director of the District’s After School Programs, presented Garcia as a top notch after school specialist.
Cassidy explained that Garcia, who has worked in the district for 40 years, is the ‘go to’ person for all their applications. She is also known as being a tireless employee.
Like many of those who work a “day job” before coming to after school, Garcia consistently shows up with smile, and continues to work tirelessly as she embarks on her second shift day in and day out.
Working with middle schoolers is one thing, added Cassidy, but working with middle schoolers in an after school program is entirely different. It can be challenging to keep them engaged until 6 p.m., Cassidy explained.
Garcia was able to pick up the pace and was also described as being flexible despite how much the program had evolved throughout the course of its progression. She has been integral in obtaining its highest attendance level yet, administrators explained.
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