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December Employees of the Month

Ms. Angela Block
Paraprofessional
SPED – Sonoran Trails Middle School

Angela is always willing to help and provide support. Her positive attitude and compassion is so inspiring!  She tirelessly advocates for her students to ensure that they receive the best possible resources and assistance. They have greatly benefitted from her dedication and achieved successes that at one time seemed unforeseeable. SPED and Sonoran Trails Middle School is very fortunate to have such a devoted person as Angela on staff!

The words best used to describe Angela are reliable, compassionate, and self-motivated.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Angela for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Angela Braude
Falcon P.R.I.D.E. Academy
Cactus Shadows High School

Angela has brought such great ideas, resources, and enthusiasm to Falcon P.R.I.D.E. Academy.  Her dedication is having a tremendous impact on students and their grateful parents. The time that students spend in P.R.I.D.E. truly transforms the way they think about their immediate future. She helps them to reflect on choices and see themselves more objectively.  She expertly mentors, yet remains relatable, and this had made Falcon P.R.I.D.E. Academy successful. Cactus Shadows High School is so lucky to have Angela!

The words best used to describe Angela are positive, dedicated, and kind.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Angela for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Sharon Coil
Administrative Assistant to the Associate Superintendent
Teaching & Learning

Sharon is simply outstanding!  She smiles through the good and the bad and always remains positive. She models excellent work ethics, provides exemplary customer service, and her professionalism is beyond reproach She is preemptive and has improved protocols and is constantly striving for operational efficiencies.  No job is too small or too large, and she can always be counted on in time of need. CCUSD is so grateful for all that Sharon does!

The words best used to describe Sharon are perfect, special, and the best ever.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Sharon for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Berta Ordonez Cortes
Teacher
Black Mountain Elementary School

Berta exudes a passion for drama and teaching that is irrepressible. She strives for her students to grow through the many aspects of drama. She believes in them so that they can believe in themselves.  Through countless hours of rehearsals, she shares so much of her time and expertise and allows all students to shine and experience the magic of being part of special performances.  Keep up the great work, Berta! Black Mountain Elementary School is better because of her and her efforts.

The words best used to describe Berta are caring, passionate, and strong.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Berta for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Wendy Gazo
Teacher
Desert Willow Elementary School

Wendy has been a fantastic addition to the DWES Team!  Students truly enjoy her class because she greets them with a smile, creates engaging academic lessons, and shares her passion and enthusiasm for music.  She has also built a wonderful community through extracurricular musical programs. Wendy is a talented choir director and a respected teacher.  Staff, parents, and students at Desert Willow Elementary School sing her praises!

The words best used to describe Wendy are kind, creative, and happy.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Wendy for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Krystal Hansen
KC Program Manager
Education & Community Services
Black Mountain Elementary School

Krystal consistently displays all of the qualities of a great manager.  She is professional, supportive, understanding, and provides constructive feedback. She includes others in decision making and values their opinions. She has also gone the extra mile to reach out to all of the managers at the other elementary schools to create relationships that have fostered respect, teamwork, collaboration, and unity between each club. Krystal is the epitome of what a project manager should be!  ECS and Black Mountain Elementary School are so thankful for all that she does every day.

The words best used to describe Krystal are caring, understanding, and funny.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Krystal for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Kathleen Lawson
Paraprofessional
SPED – Cactus Shadows High School

Kathleen gives her all every day and in everything that she does! She strives to do whatever it takes to accommodate her students, make them comfortable, and help them learn and thrive.  She also takes the time to get to know them and understand their individual needs, and this means so much.  Despite the challenges, Kathleen takes things in stride.  She is a team player with a motivating attitude.  She is such a positive influence at Cactus Shadows High School and SPED!

The words best used to describe Kathleen are compassionate, relevant, and brilliant.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Kathleen for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.


Ms. Carrie White
Teacher
Cactus Shadows High School

Carrie is an exemplary teacher! She truly cares about her students and supports them in their efforts to learn the content, not just for the grade or final score, but for the knowledge gained.  She is a team player who is accommodating and encouraging. She is also an excellent problem solver who constantly improves her curriculum. In addition, she voluntarily teaches higher level courses despite the extra work. Cactus Shadows High School rises above because of teachers like Carrie!

The words best used to describe Carrie are excellent, caring, and dedicated.  She truly exemplifies excellence in our schools.  Thank you, Carrie for who you are and all you are doing for students, staff, parents and the community.