Turlock School employees honored for ‘making a difference’

A nurse and head janitor from the Turlock Unified School District were among seven school employees chosen to represent Stanislaus County in the statewide Employees Making a Difference program.

The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Association of California School Administrators Region VII have partnered to honor Stanislaus County Outstanding Classified (Non-Supervisory) Education Employees. Called Employees Making a Difference, school districts across the county selected their own winners and forwarded nominations to SCOE. On Wednesday, twenty-seven outstanding classified employees were honored via a virtual event and seven honorees were selected to represent Stanislaus County in the California Department of Education’s statewide recognition program. The representatives (one from each job category) announced were:

· Carl Anderson, Campus Supervisor, Modesto City Schools, Safety Services Category

· Anne Bower, Registered Professional Nurse, Turlock Unified School District, Health and Student Services Category

· Alexandra Hancock, Instructional Technology Trainer, Modesto City Schools, Technical Services Category

· Cindy Perez, Personnel Secretary IV, Modesto City Schools, Office and Administrative Services

· Humberto Rodriguez, Head Janitor, Turlock Unified School District, Care and Maintenance Services

· Yuphaa Rolicheck, Food Service Worker II, Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District, Food and Nutrition Services Category

· Salome Trujillo, ELL Resource Assistant, Riverbank Unified School District, paraprofessional category

Bowers is a full-time licensed vocational nurse at Turlock Junior High School and was nominated for the award by TJHS Deputy Principal Cynthia Velazquez.

“She is a team player and always ready to help…she is student-centered and always puts students at the forefront of everything she does.”

Velazquez said Bowers has been involved in many school district activities, including volunteering to chaperone sixth-grade camps and implementing the district’s COVID-19 protocols. She also volunteers in the community, working at pop-up health clinics and delivering meals to the elderly.

“She’s an unsung hero who makes a difference every day,” Velazquez said.

In nominating Rodriguez for the award in the Custodial and Maintenance category, Angela Freeman, Principal of Pitman High School, said, “He doesn’t just do his job, he takes pride in his job. He appreciates the people he serves and always has a positive attitude.

Also at the virtual event, Salome Trujillo of Mesa Verde Elementary School, Riverbank, received the annual Jane Johnston Civility Award for exemplifying the principles of civility both in the workplace and in her personal life.

“Teachers, principals and superintendents know that the success or failure of any school or district office depends on the skill, passion and hard work of talented support staff,” said Scott Kuykendall, Superintendent of Stanislaus County Schools. “When I was first hired as an assistant manager, a veteran manager said to me, ‘There are two people in the district who can make or break you. It’s not the superintendent or the chairman of the board. He is your secretary and guardian. Take care of them and you will succeed. It was not only true, but one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received.

Other local school employees honored on Wednesday include:

James Flippen of Turlock Unified School District

Nancy Souza of the Chatom Union School District

· Fernanda Valadao of the Denair Unified School District.

A video presentation honoring employees is available online at: https://www.stancoe.org/go/EMAD

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