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May 20, 2009 > Sunol school secretary selected for state honor

Sunol school secretary selected for state honor

Submitted By Rebecca J. Lawrie

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell named six exemplary school employees as California's 2009 Classified School Employees of the Year.

"California's classified school employees provide important academic support and are essential to securing the safety, health, and well-being of our state's children," said O'Connell. "They provide the services and support that our schools need to function properly and efficiently. They clean our buildings, cook nutritious meals, repair and maintain our facilities, transport our students, ensure school safety, operate our computers, and maintain key records and information.

"It was my pleasure to call six outstanding members of our education family and personally acknowledge their work and inform them of their selection for this prestigious award. They were proud, excited, and very happy."

Included in the list of 2009 Classified School Employees of the Year is recognition for Office and Technical support awarded to Michelle Whitfield at Sunol Glen School, Sunol Glen Unified School District. Ms. Whitfield has worked for the school and the district for 10 years and is the School Secretary. She also serves as both the school's and district's registrar, attendance clerk, school calendar coordinator, weekly newsletter coordinator, and is in charge of student awards and eighth grade graduation. She oversees student data systems, ensuring student data are accurate, and that the district is in compliance with state and federal laws. She is in charge of school's Web site, monitors the special education department, and serves as the Standardized Testing and Reporting coordinator by training staff and coordinating test schedules and logistics.

Eighty-four applicants from 24 counties competed for the awards. Each of the awardees underwent a county and state review process. At the state level, applications were reviewed by a team of job category experts, including at least one member representing local educational agency administration, one member representing employee job-alike groups, and one member provided by the California Department of Education who reviewed the candidates on the basis of at least five years of service in their nomination category.

Candidate evaluation was organized around four themes: work performance, school/community involvement, leadership and commitment, and service above and beyond.

O'Connell formally honored the six award recipients on May 19, 2009, at a recognition luncheon in Sacramento. The luncheon coincided with California's observation of Classified School Employee Week, May 18-24.

For more information on the California Classified School Employee of the Year Program, please visit:

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