EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION www.avdistrict.org/EmployeeRecognition
PLEASE SCROLL TO BOTTOM FOR ALL INFO! You'll find information for the current year of 2015 followed by last year's information from 2014 at the bottom.
2015 THIS YEAR'S CEREMONY INFORMATION: The 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.
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
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
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
Pictured at right: John Keough, 2015 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year and Robyn Young, 2015 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year! Photographs courtesy of O'Connor Photography.
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!
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.
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.
LAST 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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!
Sandra De Anda
Julie Agnew, Janet Coltin, John Donnelly, Debra Earle,James McNaughton, Diane Schrier, Terrence Vernor, Robyn Young
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!