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June 25, 2013 > Newark Unified selects Classified Employee of the Year

Newark Unified selects Classified Employee of the Year

Submitted By Michele Brynjulson, Principal

Jesus Loza came to Bunker Elementary School in Newark at the start of this school year and entered a facility that had not been properly cleaned in over ten years. He brought his fantastic, positive attitude with him and got down to the business of bringing our facility up to the standard and expectation required of educational facilities. After all, these facilities serve our children and support our teachers in the important work they do each day. And, these facilities reflect the respect that we have for our students and their families. To that end, Jesus has cleaned and organized every single room in our school and made staff feel comfortable in every corner of the campus.

When an emergency happens (and they do at an elementary school), Jesus' answer to our radio call is ALWAYS, "O.k., I'll be right there!" and I've watched him run after he's received such a call. During those half-hour periods when past custodians could be seen talking on a cell phone, enjoying a snack at the break room table, or hanging out and talking with another staff member, I have NEVER once seen Jesus at rest. He is always busy - removing staples from the cafeteria walls, painting doors that have not seen a new coat of paint in twenty years, sprucing up a hallway by scraping gum off the sidewalk, or even brightening the stage with a new coat of paint. I've gone into small closets where no one has gone for years and the room has been totally organized, dusted, and is ready for use. One can always tell that Jesus has been there - his M.O. (method of operation) is tidy, organized, and attention to detail.

Jesus clearly loves working hard and doing his best. He beams when complimented, but shyly responds, "But, that's my job." Our Maintenance Department has directed each one of their employees to follow the "new expectations" for standards of cleanliness in our district. From Jesus, there is only one response, "That's the way our school should look." He is such a breath of fresh air and we are thrilled he chose Bunker as "his school!"

Employees of the Year are chosen because they exemplify the best in practice and in outcomes. Jesus Loza is quite simply a reflection of each of those. If one was to have taken a "before Jesus" and an "after Jesus" photo of Bunker, one could see evidence of this fact. A school that once received parent complaints at the school board level about cleanliness now hears praise of the changes at Bunker.

We shine! There is only one person we can point to for making that happen, Mr. Jesus Loza, our Classified Employee of the Year.

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