Grandview schools name employees of the year

GRANDVIEW - Last night, the Grandview School District presented staff members with employee of the year awards during the school board meeting.

Superintendent Kevin Chase said the employees are nominated by members of the district's staff and selected by past award winners.

The elementary school teacher award was given to Jared Lind. Among his many attributes, Lind was noted for his "team player" mentality and his belief that all students are capable of receiving a quality education.

Melanie Manship was the recipient of the secondary teacher award. She was chosen for the award because of her overall investment in the students she teaches in both drama and English.

The paraprofessional of the year is Judy Stanton. She was noted for being "...easy to get along with," and her ability to encourage others...students and teachers, alike.

Alonzo Maganas was recognized as a friend of the schools for his willingness to support the schools and staff members. Assistant Superintendent Minerva Morales said Maganas volunteers much of his time, ensuring opportunities for the students in Grandview.

McClure Elementary School secretary Ginger Emerson was recognized for her ability to work with both staff and parents of the school. "She makes the job of staff members easier," said McClure Elementary School Principal Jose Rivera.

The custodian of the year is Gabriel Berger, who also works at McClure. He was honored with the award for his continued willingness to create a positive atmosphere. "He does what is supposed to be done and more," Rivera read from a nomination form.

Sylvia Ledesma was recognized as secretary of the year by Grandview Middle School staff members for her warm, friendly smile. She was also honored for the many tasks she completes, including making calls to parents when a student is absent.

The transportation employee of the year is Joanne Phillips. She was recognized for her ability to be dependable and valuable as a resource. It was also said that Phillips treats each of the students who ride her bus as though they are her own children.

Janet Mecham was recognized with the award for classified support staff employee of the year. "She is a team player and strives for excellence in her job," read the nomination form.

Grandview Middle School counselor Dave Uggetti was awarded the certified support staff employee of the year award. He has been a counselor at the school for 11 years and is known for his "caring heart."

Principal Connie Davis read from Uggetti's nomination form, stating his door is always open to both students and staff members and, "...he makes the office a comfortable, warm environment...handling conflict, tears and academic issues."

Chase announced that Davis was nominated for and awarded the administrator of the year award by staff members within the school district.

"She has come to Grandview Middle School with a firm, but fair demeanor," one nomination form stated.

Chase said the staff members felt she has helped them work together, creating a positive environment. Also noted was Davis' willingness to assist where help is needed, such as when she helped serve lunch when staffing was short.

Chase concluded the awards, stating that he appreciates the quality of work each employee at the district contributes to the overall success within the schools.


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