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August 10, 2010 > Hayward Hero Award recipients 2010

Hayward Hero Award recipients 2010

Submitted By Hayward Education Foundation

This year, HEF chose to recognize and honor individuals, organizations and businesses that made selfless and significant contributions to the improvement of education in Hayward schools.

All the nominations were submitted by school principals and approved by the HEF Board of Directors. We are truly fortunate to have such outstanding individuals and organizations serving our students.

Alejandro Pena of Upward Bound - CSUEB
Nominated by Principal Donald West, Winton Middle School
Alejandro Pena has contacted Winton over the past three years and facilitated community service projects. With the assistance of his students, four bathrooms have been re-opened after 10 years, a school garden has been planted and records have been archived. Additionally, they helped us create and organize a storage facility for our emergency supplies and have made a significant contribution to the improvement of our campus' overall appearance. Their efforts inspired our students to assume more improvement projects themselves and maintain them. Mr. Pena reached out to us; we appreciate him for always thinking of Winton as he gives back to our community.

Peggy Apperson - Administrative Assistant
Nominated by Principal Lissa Taylor, Brenkwitz High School
Mrs. Apperson is the Administrative Secretary at Brenkwitz High School. She performs her job with pride and precision and takes the time to learn every student's name. She welcomes each parent and community member with a smile. If she cannot answer a question, she will find the answer before sending someone away. Mr. and Mrs. Apperson use their own time and money to decorate the office during holidays, important events, in recognition of student achievement and staff members' special days. The cards, flowers and goodies are always signed "from the Brenkwitz Staff." She has never taken credit for what she has done, as she would prefer the school to be recognized. Mrs. Apperson also provides holiday baskets for students who might otherwise go without. We at Brenkwitz appreciate both Mr. and Mrs. Apperson and everything they do for us.

Carleen Purchio - Parent Volunteer
Nominated by Principal George Bullis, Hayward High School
Mrs. Carleen Purchio is a tireless volunteer working with Hayward High staff for the good of all students. For more than 10 years, she has been involved at HHS serving as a member or president of almost every parent group from the PTSA to Athletic Boosters. After her youngest child graduates, we shall miss Mrs. Purchio's dedication, spirit and Farmer Pride!

Susan Geiger
Nominated by Asst Principal Michael Aquino, Moreau Catholic High School
Susan Geiger has embodied and modeled the concept of "Lifelong Learner" for students, faculty/staff and the wider Moreau community. She re-defined the role of librarian by actively incorporating technology and 21st century skills into her own practices and shared her knowledge with colleagues as they integrated technology into their own. She blazed a trail in Moreau's transition to 1:1 laptop school. She maintained the library's relevance and developed it as a cutting-edge resource when other schools and communities were cutting back or closing libraries. With her help and inspiration, teachers have made technology a ubiquitous part of their teaching and learning. Susan is more than the school's librarian, she touches all aspects of support for students, staff and is a key technology support for the entire community.

Trevor Vonnegut and Thomas Spiller - Hayward Police Department School Resource Officers
Nominated by Principal Marie Wlliams, Mt. Eden High School
Trevor and Thomas are outstanding School Resource Officers who work tirelessly to provide a safe and productive learning environment for students and staff at Mt. Eden High School. They have worked with Mt. Eden High School to increase attendance and reduce the incidence of campus disturbances. They are the first responders when dealing CPS reports and help to expedite the process of protecting students in their homes. They also attend sporting events and support coaches, teachers, campus supervisors and administration. They exemplify professionalism and work with a diverse group of students and their needs. They work collaboratively with Mt. Eden High School administrators and have a solution-focused approach to their work in our school.

For more information about the non-profit Hayward Education Foundation or to make a donation, visit, call (510) 881-0890 or email

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