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Employee Recognition

YOU ARE AT EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION www.avdistrict.org/EmployeeRecognition 

Welcome to the Employee Recognition page!   Please scroll to bottom of page for all information.  You'll find information for the current year of 2016 at the top, followed by last year of 2015, then followed by the prior year's information from 2014 at the bottom. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your current year's school site ERC representative or please feel free to send e-mail cjarrett@avhsd.org

 Posted May 10, 2016

Antelope Valley Union High School District
32nd Annual Employee Recognition Program

www.avdistrict.org/EmployeeRecognition

2016 Recipients of Awards

Nominated by colleagues or supervisors in one of four categories, the following were then selected by committees of teachers and classified employees! Congratulations to all!

 

NAME, Title:                                                  Site:                                                

Cathy Calvert                                                        Palmdale High School                                
2016 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year


Luis Valencia, Maintenance II
                             Antelope Valley High School                    
2016 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year

 

 

Distinguished Service Award

Matthew Case, Coordinator Guidance Svcs.           AVUHSD Student Services                         

Robin Stump-Whetzel, Work Experience Coor.      Littlerock High School                               

Theresa Rodriguez, Health Office Tech.                   Lancaster High School                               

Dr. David J. Vierra, Superintendent                     AVUHSD   Administrative Office               

Steve Wilson, Teacher                                               Palmdale High School                                

 

Special Service Award

Jonathon Amara, Campus Security                            Phoenix South                                             

Barbara Frazier, Guidance Counselor                        Lancaster High School                               

Tom Grady, Vice Principal                                          Phoenix South                                             

Stephanie Herrera, Vice Principal                               SOAR High School                                       

Bridget Howitt, Teacher                                              Knight High School                                     

Wendy Ihrig, Campus Security                                    Phoenix South                                             

Jeff Le Duff, Teacher                                                  Lancaster High School                               

Monica Marquez, Pupil Services Tech.                      Antelope Valley High School                    

Dayna Martinez, Campus Security                             Phoenix South                                             

Jo Morgan-Kim, Assistant Principal                           Lancaster High School                                 

 

Site-Level Classified Employee of the Year

Luis Valencia, Maintenance II                                     Antelope Valley High School                    

Tracy Tigert, Personnel Tech.                                     District Office                                              

Donna Cook, Sr. Attendance Clerk                            Eastside High School                                  

Debbie Phillips, Site Data Tech.                                  Highland High School                                 

Elizabeth Morfin, Bilingual Secretary,                       Knight High School                                      

Jason Hall, Pareducator Severe                                  Lancaster High School                               

Lilia Ornelas, Instructional Aide                                  Littlerock High School                               

Gloria Londono, Custodian II                                      Palmdale High School                                

Hugo Schraer, Media Network Tech.                        Quartz Hill High School                            

James Bigelow, Campus Security                               Alternative Education                                

 

Site-Level Teacher of the Year

Chris DeLoach                                                              Antelope Valley High School                    

Lyndsay Rouzer-Squyres                                             Eastside High School                                  

Carolyn Cardelio                                                           Highland High School                                

Lori Short                                                                      Knight High School                                     

Sue Strom                                                                     Lancaster High School                              

Joanie Haynes                                                              Littlerock High School                               

Cathy Calvert                                                                Palmdale High School                               

Rick Engstrom                                                              Quartz Hill High School                              

Allison Bravo                                                                  Alternative Education                                

 

 

The Nomination Period for 2016-17 will open in early February 2017! www.avdistrict.org/EmployeeRecognition

 

 

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2016 CURRENT YEAR EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION PROGRAM INFORMATION:
This is the 32nd year of colleagues recognizing colleagues  
    -  the Tradition of Excellence continues!


2016 CEREMONY INFO  - The 32nd Annual  Employee Recognition Ceremony will be held on MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM in the theater at  LANCASTER  HIGH  SCHOOL. Open seating will begin at 3:45 PM! 

 

2016 YEARS OF SERVICE   - A global email has been sent to all AVUHSD employees 2/26/16. If you feel your name should or should not be included on the 2016 Years of Service, OR if you wish a different spelling, you must send an e-mail to cjarrett@avhsd.org immediately and NO LATER THAN March 11, 2016.  You may review the list attached below as 2016 YEARS OF SERVICE or the email you received. Updated 2/26/16. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE INPUT!  UPDATED AND FINALIZED LIST ATTACHED 4/8/16 "YEARS OF SERVICE 2016". 

2016 RETIREE PRESENTATIONS QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE-  In the global email sent to all AVUHSD employees 2/26/16, IF YOU ARE RETIRING  anytime prior to June 30, 2016 AND wish to have a presentation on stage during the ceremony, please complete and return the attached "2016 Retirees Letter and Form" to Chris Jarrett, AVUHSD Personnel Dept no later than March 31, 2016. We will not be able to prepare a presentation if you do not respond by the deadline. Please take with you our very best wishes for a happy retirement!     For those who have ALREADY retired sometime between June 1, 2015 through to February 29, 2016 a form was mailed on March 1, 2016 through the United States mail to your home address.  Updated 3/1/16.  Retirees List who submitted forms by 3/31/16 is finalized.   
 
2016 AWARD NOMINATION FORMS for the FOUR DIFFERENT categories of awards for 2016 Year CLOSED AT 2 PM on Friday February 12, 2016 and have been removed from attachment. Thank you so very much for taking the time to nominate a deserving colleague!   The actual recipients of awards selected from the nominees for Distinguished Service, Special Service, Site Level Classified Employee of the Year and Site Level Teacher of the Year, along with the 2016 Overall recipient of each, will be announced during the annual ceremony on May 9, 2016 at Lancaster High School. Updated 2/12/16 
 

Please check back regularly for more 2016 updates!


Program History:
The Employee Recognition Program was established in 1985 as a way for the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent or designee and co-workers to honor outstanding certificated and classified employees for their service and contributions to the district.   Not all employees who are nominated will receive an award. The selection process for all committees at the sites, and at overall districtwide level, is always a difficult and arduous process as all nominated employees are truly outstanding! Regardless of outcome, it is truly considered an honor to be nominated by a peer, coworker or supervisor.   
  

 

 
 

Antelope Valley Union High School District 32nd Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony

Anticipated Program Schedule

Monday, May 9, 2016 ~ Open Seating 3:45 PM ~ Ceremony begins at 4:00 PM

 

Presentation of Colors

Lancaster High School CA-20014 AFJROTC Color Guard

Under direction of Chief Sidney Melvin, 2013 Special Service Recipient

 

 

National Anthem

Palmdale High School Choir - Under the direction of Michael McCullough, 2007 Distinguished Service Recipient,

and 2008 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year

 

 

Welcome and Introductions by Master of Ceremonies:

Brett Neal, Assistant Superintendent, Personnel Services

 

 

Recognition of Site Volunteers of the Year:

Jose Barajas, Principal, Lancaster High School  

 

 

Special Service Awards presented by:

Scott Fish, Maintenance I with Dana Coleman, Board member

 

 

20 Year and 25 Year Service Awards presented by:

Dr. Richie Romero, Principal
with
Robert “Bob” Davis, Board Member and
Shandelyn Williams, Assistant Superintendent, 2008 Special Service Recipient  

 

 

Retiree Recognition by Master of Ceremonies
(THOSE WHO RESPONDED WITH QUESTIONAIRRE FORM BY 3/31/16 - SEE RETIREE PARAGRAPH "2016 RETIREE PRESENTATIONS QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE"ABOVE)

with Jill McGrady, Board Member and Greg Nehen, Assistant Superintendent

 

 

30 Year, 35 Year, and 40 Year Service Awards presented by:

Steve Ford, Principal with Barbara Willibrand, Board Vice President

 

Distinguished Service Awards presented by:

Raymond Hart, Head Counselor, 2006 Distinguished Service Recipient

with Barbara Willibrand, Board Vice President, 1993 Distinguished Service Recipient and

Jeff Foster, Deputy Superintendent, 2003 Distinguished Service Recipient

 

 

Site-Level Classified Employees of the Year presented by:

Alice Rice, 2014 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year and

Chris Jarrett, 2009 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year

with Michael Dutton, Board President, 2011 Distinguished Service Recipient, and

Dr. David Vierra, Superintendent, 2008 Special Service Recipient 


 

2016 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year presented by:

John Keough, 2015 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year

 

 

   Site-Level Teachers of the Year presented by:

Robyn Young, 2015 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year, and Jessica Owen, Teacher

with Michael Dutton, Board President, 2011 Distinguished Service Recipient, and

Dr. David Vierra, Superintendent, 2008 Special Service Recipient

 

 

2016 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year presented by:

Robyn Young, 2015 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year

 

 

Adjournment by Master of Ceremonies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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LAST YEAR - 2015 31st ANNUAL CEREMONY INFORMATIONThe 31st 2015 Recognition Ceremony was held on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Eastside High School Theater with the ceremony starting at 4:00 PM and ending at 5:30 PM.   A big THANKS to Palmdale Trophy again this year for their work on our beautiful plaques!  The 2015 Program Booklet is attached below along with a 2015 overview in wmv format. 

Pictured at right:  John Keough, 2015 AVUHSD Overall Classified Employee of the Year and Robyn Young, 2015 AVUHSD Overall Teacher of the Year!  Photographs courtesy of O'Connor Photography.

Congratulations to all!

Name:                                             Site:                                                 Award Category:

Robyn Young                              Eastside High School                                   2015 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year
John Keough                               Maintenance & Operations                       2015 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year

Marie Godde                              Highland High School                                  Distinguished Service
Timothy Green                           Palmdale High School                                 Distinguished Service
Cumby Jones                              Lancaster High School                                Distinguished Service
Ruth Simonds                             Quartz Hill High School                               Distinguished Service
Nancy Speaks                             SOAR High School                                     Distinguished Service

Desiree Heller                          Antelope Valley High School                        Special Service
Jennifer Montalto                     Eastside High School                                    Special Service
Richard Montalto                      Eastside High School                                   Special Service
Mat Havens                                District Office M&O                                     Special Service
Lemuel Galvao                           Highland High School                                 Special Service
William Curzi                              Knight High School                                     Special Service
Austin Brady                               Lancaster High School                               Special Service
Kyle Frazier                                 Lancaster High School                              Special Service
Duane Robertson                      Lancaster High School                                Special Service
Tim Klein                                      Palmdale High School                              Special Service
Jeff Stock                                      Palmdale High School                             Special Service
Jeff Culver                                   Quartz Hill High School                              Special Service
Ruth Simonds                             Quartz Hill High School                               Special Service
Christina Stover                         Quartz Hill High School                               Special Service

Marco Reyes                              Antelope Valley High School                     Site Teacher of the Year
Robyn Young                              Eastside High School                                   Site Teacher of the Year
Conrad Hernandez                    Highland High School                                  Site Teacher of the Year
Shawn S. Johnson                      Knight High School                                      Site Teacher of the Year
Duane Robertson                      Lancaster High School                                Site Teacher of the Year
Ronald DeWalt                           Littlerock High School                                Site Teacher of the Year
Steven Calzada                           Palmdale High School                                 Site Teacher of the Year
Jennifer James                           Quartz Hill High School                               Site Teacher of the Year
Erin Jones                                    Alt Ed Virtual Academy                               Site Teacher of the Year


Marina Flores                             Antelope Valley High School                     Site Classified Employee of the Year
John Keough                               DO Maintenance & Operations                Site Classified Employee of the Year
Lucille Davis                                Eastside High School                               Site Classified Employee of the Year
Joe Banaga                                 Highland High School                               Site Classified Employee of the Year
Barbara White                            Knight High School                                    Site Classified Employee of the Year
Michele Polizzi                           Lancaster High School                              Site Classified Employee of the Year
Adela Morales                            Littlerock High School                                Site Classified Employee of the Year
Sylvia Mendoza                          Palmdale High School                               Site Classified Employee of the Year
Laura Calderon                          Quartz Hill High School                             Site Classified Employee of the Year
Karen Beeson                             Alt Ed Adult Education                              Site Classified Employee of the Year
 

2015 AWARDS PRESENTATIONS:  Awardees selected from a list of outstanding nominees were announced at the ceremony on May 11, 2015 in the categories of Special Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Site-Level Classified Employees of the Year, Site-Level Teachers of the Year, along with the overall recipients of the 2015 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year AND the 2015 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year. The 2015 Nomination period closed as of February 18, 2015.   Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving employee!  

2015 YEARS OF SERVICE RECOGNITIONS: The full list of all 35, 30, 25 , 20, 15 and 10 Year service groups will be printed in the 2015 Program Booklet, available below and during the ceremony on Monday, May 11, 2015.  Congratulations to the following for their 35, 30 and 25 years of dedicated service to education!

35 Years:
Rick Engstrom, John McQuilkin
30 Years:  Teresa Carbo,  Karen Harrell,  Beth Kieffer, Cindy Lintemoot, Sharron Mora, Thomas Shepardson, Sharon Weisenberger, Gary Williams
25 Years:  Suzanne Ankerstrom, Nancy Bradberry, Laurie Brown, David Calvert, Judith Coleman-Levy, Pat Curnow, Karen Devoll, Robert Fields, Lemuel Galvao, Gail Garrett, Kathy Givens, Aminda Herrera, Kathy Jarman, Patricia Jones, Denise Kelso, Timothy Knight, Jeffrey Le Duff, Susana Leonetti, Renald Manetti, Robin Manjarrez, Sheila Mann, Dayna Martinez, Mary Jane Miller, Daniel Morrow,  Brett Neal, Scott Nevison, Anthony Rigoni, Paul Ringhofer, Virginia Schafer, Bess Silverston, Nancy Speaks, Carmelina Sportato-Rocca, Teresa Van Zandt, Steve Vose, Darla Wagner, Deborah Weilbacher, Pamela Ziemann

2015 RETIREE PRESENTATIONS:  If you retired/will retire between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 AND IF you wish to have a presentation on stage during the ceremony - PLEASE complete the attached Retiree Questionnaire.  Please return it to Chris Jarrett, Personnel Department by April 24, 2015. 

 


 
 
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PRIOR YEAR'S PROGRAM INFORMATION 2014 - 30TH ANNUAL CEREMONY

2014 Ceremony Information:
The 30th Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony was held on Monday, May 12, 2014 in the theater at Eastside High School. The ceremony began shortly after 4:00 PM. The
actual recipients of each site-level Employee of the Year and site-level Teacher of the Year were announced. One Employee and one Teacher, chosen from the site-level groups, were named as the Overall 2014 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year and the Overall 2014 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year. Announced also were the recipients of Distinguished Service Awards, Special Service Awards, AND Years of Service Awards of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 year benchmarks on stage! All 10 and 15 Years of Service recipients had certificates sent to their sites beforehand, AND were also encouraged to attend the ceremony too!
 
Special thanks to Schools First Credit Union for their generous donations to award recipients during last year's 30TH ANNUAL 2014 Employee Recognition Program!  Gift cards of $100 were awarded to each Site Level Employee of the Year and each Site Level Teacher of the Year, ALONG with $400 gift cards to our Overall Teacher of the Year and Classified of the Year recipients.  It was such a nice surprise for our very special 30TH ANNUAL Recognition Ceremony in 2014!   A big THANKS to Palmdale Trophy again this year for their work on our beautiful plaques!
 
Congratulations to all nominees and to all recipients of awards last year in 2014!

Name Site Award
John McQuilkin Quartz Hill HS 2014 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year
Alice Rice Antelope Valley HS 2014 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year
Jeff Culver Quartz Hill HS Distinguished Service
James Diaz Antelope Valley HS Distinguished Service
Jamie Goodreau Lancaster HS Distinguished Service
Bill Mahoney Lancaster HS Distinguished Service
John McQuilkin Quartz Hill HS Distinguished Service
Ann Robins Highland HS Distinguished Service
Ulysses Chatman Jr. Phoenix CDC Special Service
Tom Grady Phoenix CDC Special Service
Susan McDougal Phoenix CDC Special Service
Jan Medema District Office Special Service
Kathleen Weber Desert Pathways Special Service
Kevin Wassner Desert Pathways Special Service
Alice Rice Antelope Valley HS Special Service
Luis Valencia Antelope Valley HS Special Service
Richard Parsons Maintenance & Operations Special Service
John Johnston Highland HS Special Service
John Kleespies Highland HS Special Service
Priscilla Pedrow Knight HS Special Service
Jamie Goodreau Lancaster HS Special Service
Pete Kornoff District Office Special Service
Drew Bledsoe Palmdale HS Special Service
Kevin Nadonza Palmdale HS Special Service
Kevin Duhart Palmdale HS Special Service
Dale Carlson Quartz Hill HS Special Service
Christopher Niemeyer Quartz Hill HS Special Service
Formeka Dent Alternative Education Sites  Site Level Classified Employee of the Year
Elver Albizures District Office Site Level Classified Employee of the Year
Arturo Reese Eastside High School Site Level Classified Employee of the Year
Doreen Corkill Highland High School Site Level Classified Employee of the Year
Klaus Richter Knight High School Site Level Classified Employee of the Year
Leonard Cockrell Lancaster High School Site Level Classified Employee of the Year
Jennifer Harmon-Grieve Littlerock High School Site Level Classified Employee of the Year
Jeannie Blackwell Palmdale High School Site Level Classified Employee of the Year
Terri Naston Quartz Hill High School Site Level Classified Employee of the Year
Rachel Thibault Alternative Education Sites Site Level Teacher of the Year
Ray Butterfield Antelope Valley High School Site Level Teacher of the Year
Sam Perez Jr. Eastside High School Site Level Teacher of the Year
Thomas Jones Highland High School Site Level Teacher of the Year
Bridget Howitt Knight High School Site Level Teacher of the Year
Jamie Goodreau Lancaster High School Site Level Teacher of the Year
Glen Miller Littlerock High School Site Level Teacher of the Year
Tim Klein Palmdale High School Site Level Teacher of the Year
 
We will also recognize the retirees from this school year who advise that they wish to be recognized on stage. If you are retiring by 6/30/14 and wish to be recognized on stage, please email cjarrett@avhsd.org AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND ABSOLUTELY NO LATER THAN APRIL 30, 2014 so a brief presentation may be prepared in-advance on your behalf. Send an email to cjarrett@avhsd.org and include it is in regards to “RETIREE PRESENTATION”.
 
Award Categories:  There are four different award categories which are described below. Not all employees who are nominated will receive an award. The selection process for all committees at the sites, and at overall districtwide level, is always a difficult and arduous process as all nominated employees are truly outstanding! Regardless of outcome, it is truly considered an honor to be nominated by a peer, coworker or supervisor! 

An employee must have at least 15* years of service credit to be eligible to receive a Distinguished Service Award . Various criteria including long term, outstanding contributions to the district, students or profession are required to be nominated. The award may be presented only once to an employee. A special vote is required by the committee present more than a total of 4 awards each year.  Minimum years of service updated by Employee Recognition Committee for 2014/15 year and forward.  

Another category is the Special Service Award which may be granted more than once to an employee and do not require a minimum of service years. Criteria to nominate an employee for Special Service Award includes: unusual competence, courage or performance in an emergency situation or under unusual difficulties, and/or original suggestions, developments or major improvements in methods, organization or procedures, or for work on a particular project which resulted in a substantial benefit to the District.

A highlight of the activities, is recognition of the AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year . Employees are nominated at each site. From that group, site level committees select one employee to serve as each Site Classified Employee of the Year. A district level committee comprised of employees from various fields such as clerical, maintenance, food service, computer/technical, and paraprofessionals then selects the overall AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year from the group of site recipients. The AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year may participate further at the Los Angeles County level. Recipients of the Los Angeles County level award may proceed to State and National levels. Nominate a deserving non-teaching employee who went above and beyond this past school year!

In conjunction with Employee Recognition Activities, the AVUHSD District participates in the Teacher of the Year Program . One teacher is selected from each site as a Site Teacher of the Year. From this group, one is chosen as the overall annual AVUHSD Teacher of the Year. The AVUHSD Teacher of the Year will participate further at the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year Program. Recipients of the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year award may proceed to State and National levels.

The  2014 NOMINATIONS CLOSED AS OF WEDNESDAY 2/19/14. ALL NOMINATIONS WERE DUE TO YOUR SECRETARY TO PRINCIPAL BY 2 PM WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2014! If you are nominating an employee for a site other than your own, be sure to send the completed form to THAT SCHOOL's Secretary to Principal.

 
Last Year =  2014 Years of Service Awards:
Please read to bottom for ERC Program Criteria for Service Years.
 

Congratulations to the following for their dedication throughout the years!
 
35 Years
Sandra De Anda
30 Years
Julie Agnew, Janet Coltin, John Donnelly, Debra Earle,James McNaughton, Diane Schrier, Terrence Vernor, Robyn Young
25 Years
Donald Autrand, John Bacchus, Karen Beeson, Michael Bellavia, Pamela Bettes-Mills, Deborah Duke, Yvonne Heitz, Maria Hogains, Cheri Kreitz, Greg Kreitz, Gilbert Lara, Randy Lintemoot, Michelle Machac, Thomas Mayton, David Otis, Larry Ramirez, Michael Remy, Gary Roberts, James Root, Shane Sveiven, Jeffrey Williams, Robert Wisehart
20 Years
Gary Allen, Lyndon Boop, Lisa Chapleau, Thomas Chilton, Gail DeGroff, Debra Guyovich, Sean Harper, Thomas Hegre, Ana Higuera, Janet Huffman, Chris Jarrett, Paul Lyon, Cynthia McCarther, Sabrina McClinton, Elizabeth McKinstry, Michael McMillan, Juli Milburn, Bernard Nichter, Mandi Nichter, Judy  Remy, Rachel Reyes, Robert Rodriguez, Letha Satterfield,   Warren Scherich, Dan Shy, Teri Simpson, Timothy Simpson, Michele Smith-Davis, Sonia Valdez
 
 
 
The District Email was sent to all recipients including those above and for the ten and fifteen year recipients. If you feel your name should or should not be included in the listings, please email cjarrett@avhsd.org no later than Friday, March 18, 2014!
  
 
Service year awards are given as determined appropriate by the Employee Recognition Committee.  For service year awards, a full year of service may be granted for paid status of 75% or more of a standard school year. Substitute employment is not counted as ER service credit. Time accrued during inactive status due to unpaid leave, resignation, lay-off or placement on a reemployment list will NOT be counted as service credit for ER.   Time worked for another employer is not counted. Employees must be in paid active status 75% of a standard school year at AVUHSD in a regular position to  accrue an  Employee     Recognition Service Year.
Please note, the above criteria cover service year accrual for Employee Recognition Purposes nd do NOT represent placement used for salary, retirement, or any other official district record! 

 
Congratulations to all the outstanding certificated and classified employees at AVUHSD!