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2012-13 Volunteers of the Year

This Year's volunteers of the year by school site!

Antelope Valley High School
Rochelle Garrison

Eastside High School
Carol Edmonds

Highland High School
Ann Low

Knight High School
Wendy Fullmer


Littlerock High School
Evelia Thoms

Lancaster High School
Tina Barnes

Palmdale High School
Kenneth Kochanski

Quartz Hill High School
Cristina "Tika" Burns

Last Year's Ceremony Info - May 14, 2012

The 2012 Teacher of the Year and the 2012 Classified Employee of the Year were also recognized during the November 7, 2012 Board Meeting. Thank you for stopping by to show your support for these individuals AS WELL AS ALL of our wonderful and hardworking teachers and classified employees!

Recipients of LAST YEAR'S awards were announced at the 2012 Annual Ceremony on May 14, 2012 at Eastside High School.  Guests arrived for seating at 3:45 PM with the ceremony starting at about 4 PM. Mr. Michael McCullough led the Palmdale High School Choir through the National Anthem with colors presented by the Lancaster Air Force JROTC under the direction of Chief Sidney Melvin.  Please see listing of award recipients below.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination on behalf of a colleague! Completed nominations with supporting materials and information were due to your Secretary to Principal by 2 PM, Wednesday, February 8, 2012.  The nomination period will be open for next year in early February 2013! 

The Tradition of Excellence CONTINUES!

Volunteers of the Year 2011-12

The Association of California School Administrators proudly presented the ACSA Golden Apple award for outstanding volunteer service to the following individuals!

Antelope Valley Union
High School District

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR 2012

AVHS: Kenya Johnson
EHS: Jeffrey Eaton
HHS: Ann Low

KHS: Kathleen Hill
LHS: Jeff Briggs
LNHS: Nikki Condra

PHS: Maria Tess Rabaja
RRX: Barbara Parkhurst

SOAR: Esther Maddox
QHHS: Suzi Jackson

 

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Employee Recognition

2014 Program Information


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.  


Ceremony Information:
T
he 30th Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 in the theater at Eastside High School. Seating will begin at 3:45 PM, with the ceremony beginning shortly after 4:00 PM. We will announce the actual recipients of each site-level Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year. One Employee and one Teacher from the site-level groups will be named the overall 2014 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year and the overall 2014 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year. We will announce 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 will have certificates sent to your sites beforehand, AND are encouraged to attend the ceremony too!

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 [email protected] 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 protected] 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 10 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.

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.

2014 NOMINATIONS CLOSED AS OF WEDNESDAY 2/19/14. For your convenience, CLICK HERE for all forms provided in both Word and in PDF formats. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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LAST YEAR'S 2013 PROGRAM INFORMATION

The 29th Annual Ceremony was held at Eastside High School on Monday, May 13, 2013. Seating began at 3:30 PM with the ceremony starting at 4:00PM.  The ceremony lasted for about 70 minutes. 
 
Nominees and the actual 2013 RECIPIENTS OF AWARDS were announced along with retirees (retirees must have rsvp'd beforehand to confirm their attendance on stage by April 1st),and our Years of Service benchmarks, along with the school site Volunteers of the Year.  Prior Year recipients and the ceremony presentation order are listed in the PROGRAM BOOKLET.  See more about the program and award categories by scrolling below!


Nominated by a colleague or supervisor, the following were selected by committees of teachers and classified employees from across the district.

Congratulations to all nominees and to the following recipients of awards! 
 

Gaylene Vanzijll

AVHS

AVUHSD 2013 Teacher of the Year

Barbara Kittinger

ROP

AVUHSD 2013 Classified Employee of the Year


Kathy Jarman


DO


Distinguished Service

Christine Van Allen

HHS

Distinguished Service

Ellen Coleman

LHS

Distinguished Service

Midori Foster

QHHS

Distinguished Service

Lisa Kemper

QHHS

Distinguished Service

Denise Kelso


AVHS


Site Classified Employee of the Year

Sandra Barajas

DO -Migrant Ed

Site Classified Employee of the Year

Stephanie Robison

EHS

Site Classified Employee of the Year

Lisa Chugg

HHS

Site Classified Employee of the Year

Patricia McDaniel

KHS

Site Classified Employee of the Year

Diana Martinez

LHS

Site Classified Employee of the Year

Carolina Lowe

LNHS

Site Classified Employee of the Year

Kathy Brisco

PHS

Site Classified Employee of the Year

Kathleen Hobbs

QHHS

Site Classified Employee of the Year



Morgan D'Errico



ALT ED DWHS



Site Teacher of the Year

Kathy Kavanaugh

EHS

Site Teacher of the Year

Jim Root

HHS

Site Teacher of the Year

Kara Johnson

KHS

Site Teacher of the Year

Robin Olsen

LHS

Site Teacher of the Year

Alma del Llano

LNHS

Site Teacher of the Year

Scott Hampton

PHS

Site Teacher of the Year

Mandi Nichter

QHHS

Site Teacher of the Year




Ulysses "JR" Chatman




ALT ED- CDC




Special Service

Jennifer Nieves

AVHS

Special Service

Jorge Vega

EHS

Special Service

David Hood

LNHS

Special Service

Sidney Melvin

LNHS

Special Service

Deb DiMeglio

PHS

Special Service


 

Last Year - 2012 Recipients of Awards

Annual Ceremony Program Information

2012 AVUHSD Overall Teacher of the Year
:

  Gary Holt

2012 AVUHSD Overall Classified Employee of the Year:
  Julie Mitchell


2012 Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

Jeff Cassady, Quartz Hill High School
Peggy Duffy, Knight High School
Deborah Duke, Highland High School
Laura Herman, Highland High School
Bess Silverston, Highland High School

Vickie Tulk, District Office

2012 Special Service Award Recipients:

Art Reese, Eastside High School
John Gamm, Ray Ortega, and Jonathan Jones, Desert Pathways
Lazaro Henriquez, Antelope Valley High School
James Stockdale, Knight High School
Lara Sweitzer, Littlerock High School
Carolyn Cardellio, Highland HIgh School

 2012 Site Classified Employees of the Year:

Keisha Como, Antelope Valley High School
Julie Mitchell, Alt Ed Sites- R Rex Parris

Juanita Thacker, District Office
Stephanie Garcher, Eastside High School
Ruth Lozano, Highland High School
Emma Gamez, Knight High School
Linda Brown, Lancaster High School
Karen White, Littlerock High School
Dora Frescas, Palmdale High School
Dan Fuentes, Quartz Hill High School
 

2012 SITE Teachers of the Year:

Jeff Patterson, Antelope Valley High School
Dawn Reid, Alt Ed Sites - SOAR

Joshua Patterson, Eastside High School
Gary Holt, Highland High School
James Stockdale, Knight High School
Michael Polda, Lancaster High School
Max Bautista, Littlerock High School
Angela Forbes, Palmdale High School

Gail DeGroff, Quartz Hill High School

2011 Recipients of Awards

 

2011 AVUHSD Overall Teacher of the Year:
Angela Hefter

2011 AVUHSD Overall Classified Employee of the Year:
Tracey Chainey


2011 Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

Michael Dutton, Principal, SOAR High School

Yvonne Heitz, Legal Assistant, District Office

Steve Scheper, Teacher, Knight High School

Jeff Williams, Teacher/Athletic Director, Palmdale High School

 

2011 Special Service Award Recipients:

James Diaz, Director of Security, Antelope Valley High School

Andrew Lyn, Campus Supervisor, Highland High School

Margie Maldonado, Paraeducator, Desert Pathways

Sherri Prosser, Teacher/Activities Director, Highland High School


 

2011 SITE Teachers of the Year:

Karen Hudson, Antelope Valley High School

Cheryl Young,  Eastside High School

Samuel Jeff Smith, Highland High School

Steve Scheper, Knight High School

Jennifer McElroy, Lancaster High School

Abram Pelayo, Littlerock High School

Suzanne Tigner, Quartz Hill High School

Kris Holladay,  Alt Ed R. Rex Parris High School

 

2011 Site Classified Employees of the Year:

Renee Green, Alt Ed Adult Education

Lori Hooper,  District Office

Sheyla Cooley ,  Eastside High School

Pat Curnow, Highland High School

Edith Nava, Knight High School

Tamera Baker,  Lancaster High School

Denyce Evert,  Littlerock High School

Viki Kempenaar, Palmdale High School

Dorothy Broughton, Quartz Hill High School

 

2010 Recipients of Awards

 

2010 Award Recipients  
 

2010 AVUHSD TEACHER OF THE YEAR
(overall):

Shawna Simmons-Clark, Ag Sci, Palmdale HS


2010 AVUHSD EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
(overall):

Melody Centonze, Pupil Services Tech, Knight HS 

 
2010 Distinguished Service Recipients: Laurie Brown,  Cheryl Holt,  Beth Kieffer,  H. Reid Wagner


2010 Special Service Recipients: Mark Cook, Gil Gomez, Yvonne Jaramillo, Thomas Jones, Cynthia Lockard, Andrew Lyn, Joseph Mauldin, Mauro Ramirez, Michelle Ross, Sam Vaiana, Jeff Wilson, Wendy Ihrig, John Kleespies, Dan Hubler



2010 SITE LEVEL Employees of the Year
(one per school)
Monica Garcia,  Antelope Valley HS
Rachel  Orosco,  District Office
Marta Novoa,  Eastside HS
Arturo  Reese,  Highland HS
Melody Centonze, Knight HS
Susan Churchill,  Lancaster HS
Richard Parsons, Littlerock HS
Edward La Chance, Palmdale HS
Lenora Anderson, Quartz Hill HS
Susan Yslas-Gonzales, R. Rex Parris HS for Alt Ed Sites


2010 SITE-LEVEL Teachers of the Year
(one per school)
Marci Perez, Antelope Valley HS
Sam Vaiana, Desert Winds HS for Alt Ed Sites
Gilbert Gomez, Eastside HS
Ellen Coleman, Highland HS
Lala Markosian, Knight HS
Deepak Dhillonn, Lancaster HS
James Keily, Littlerock HSs
Shawna Simmons-Clark, Palmdale HS
Patricia Reed,   Quartz Hill HS
 

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Service Year Awards

 Congratulations to the following for their dedication throughout the years!

35 Years:
DE ANDA, SANDRA
30 Years:
AGNEW, JULIE
COLTIN,JANET
DONNELLY, JOHN
EARLE, DEBRA
MCNAUGHTON, JAMES
SCHRIER,DIANE
VERNOR, TERRENCE
YOUNG, ROBYN
25 Years:
AUTRAND, DONALD
BACCHUS, JOHN
BEESON,KAREN
BELLAVIA, MICHAEL
BETTES-MILLS,PAMELA
DUKE, DEBORAH
HEITZ,YVONNE
HOGAINS,MARIA
KREITZ, CHERI
KREITZ, GREG
LARA, GILBERT
LINTEMOOT, RANDY
MACHAC, MICHELLE
MAYTON, THOMAS
OTIS, DAVID
RAMIREZ, LARRY
REMY, MICHAEL
ROBERTS, GARY
ROOT, JAMES
STEWART,JAMES
SVEIVEN, SHANE
WILLIAMS, JEFFREY
WISEHART, ROBERT
20 Years:
ALLEN, GARY
BOOP, LYNDON
CHAPLEAU, LISA
CHILTON, THOMAS
DEGROFF, GAIL
GUYOVICH, DEBRA
HARPER,SEAN
HEGRE, THOMAS
HIGUERA,ANA L
HUFFMAN,JANET
JARRETT,CHRIS
LYON, PAUL
MCCARTHER,CYNTHIA
MCCLINTON,SABRINA
MCKINSTRY, ELIZABETH
MCMILLAN, MICHAEL
MILBURN, JULI
NICHTER, BERNARD
NICHTER, MANDI
REMY, JUDY
REYES,RACHEL 
RODRIGUEZ,ROBERT 
SATTERFIELD, LETHA
SCHERICH, WARREN
SHY, DANIEL
SIMPSON, TERI
SIMPSON, TIMOTHY
SMITH-DAVIS, MICHELE
VALDEZ,SONIA L.

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 [email protected] 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 aAVUHSD 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  

 

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From our 2011 Teacher of the Year!

May 11, 2011  

To My Fellow Colleagues,

For the first time in my life, on Monday [during the recognition ceremony May 2011], I did not know what to say…..but now that this honorable award of recognition has sunk in a little…..and I say this from my heart…..it is an honor to be selected as AVHSD teacher of the year.  I know that I have the best job in the world and to have the opportunity to work alongside all of you is truly a blessing.  I stand together with a wonderful group of people that are respectful, proud, and knowledgeable and have passion for making our society the best it can be, and there it starts with the kids.   I will continue to do the job I have been recognized for and please accept this thank you to you all personally for this honor to serve as your AVHSD teacher of the year.

Sincerely,
Angela Hefter