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Employees Recognized in Super Star Awards Recognition Program

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The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education recognized ten employees in the district’s Super Star Awards Recognition Program, which celebrates employees who demonstrate high levels of service excellence and go above and beyond expectations to make a positive and recognizable difference within our district.

Kelli Adams – Special Education Teacher

Nominated by an immensely appreciative parent, this selfless Davis Elementary School Super Star helps transform the lives of or students and their families. She has a relentless drive and motivation to ensure that all students have the abilities and knowledge to succeed and thrive. Whether writing grant proposals to secure additional items for the classroom or organizing parents to participate in fundraising walks, this dedicated, thoughtful, generous, compassionate and tireless educator is more than deserving of this award and recognition.

Kira Brogden – Receptionist

Professional, polite, kind and hardworking, this Super Star is remarkably well-suited to be the face and voice of our district. Responsible for a multitude of tasks, in frequently challenging situations, her composed character is invaluable as she works with the public and staff. Possessing an uncanny ability to anticipate the next step of any situation, she quietly and modestly provides an immensely positive impact on her coworkers and on how the district itself is perceived.

Sourin Chanlasen - Health Assistant

With a humble, kind and calm manner this Whittier Elementary School Super Star has an immensely positive impact on her school community. Despite a significant workload, she is persistently thorough, caring, and ensures that students feel comforted and valued. She supplies her office with back up clothing and personal items for students in need, at her own expense, and never hesitates to assist with regular office duties whenever there is a need. With a contagious positive attitude, this reliable, caring, diligent and kind employee improves the workplace for all at her site.

Judi Chimits - School Administrative Assistant

This Super Star has been a transformational employee in just one school year at Victoria Elementary.  Kind and energetic with a student-first philosophy, she has gone far beyond her job description, including writing a grant proposal to redesign and furnish the employee lounge and front office.  Prioritizing an attractive school environment both visually and functionally, her influence in team building has been exceptional, her relationship-building with students has been genuine and significant and her impact has been immediate and admired.

Kristine Cross - English Teacher

Having designed, improved upon and perfected grade appropriate units of literary study now used by all seventh grade language classes at Ensign Intermediate School, this Super Star has had a profound impact on students and co-workers alike. Driven, analytical, insightful and dependable, this teacher has rightly earned the reputation for being one of Ensign’s most valued instructors. From captivating unit introductions, to socratic seminars, to personal and group reflection and much more, her hard work and masterful execution in the classroom drive students to excel.

Sonya Prescott - Health Assistant

A model of kindness and empathy, this Super Star creates a feeling of importance, safety and comfort with every child. She gives each child her full attention, is an expert at quickly recognizing when issues arise, and is highly regarded by both current and former students. She is organized and always prepared, ensuring that the health office is well-stocked. She has built remarkably positive and caring relationships with students, families, and staff, and is the heart of the Killybrooke Elementary School community.

Gloria Rios - School Administrative Assistant

As the “go-to” person on the Costa Mesa High School campus, this Super Star employs a diversified approach, instantly reads situations, and appropriately assists, directs, and facilitates conversations until a positive outcome is achieved. She is caring, confident and maintains confidentiality in all her dealings. She provides personal, sensitive and caring service and guidance to every student who walks through her door. She has an uncanning ability to find a solution and a genuine desire to assist, and is an invaluable asset and highly deserving of this commendation.

Maria Santana Baiza - Lead Instructional Assistant

Coordinator of the Project Kidz Connect program at Whittier and Adams Elementary, this Super Star is responsible for training and implementation of the after-school program for more than 175 students from dismissal time until 6 p.m. She expertly guides and supports a team of nine instructional assistants in everything from classroom behavior techniques to enrichment activities, while managing a safe and productive environment for students. She encourages student leadership through a student council and being attentive to student suggestions and ideas. With her collaborative and motivating approach, the program has grown and improved tremendously under her brilliant supervision.

Claudine Steck - Inclusion Specialist

This Super Star from the Special Education Department is continually pulled in many directions. With vibrant energy and a devotion to her work that cannot be matched, she never says no when there is a request for help and always finds a way to provide assistance. Her role often involves working in tense and emotional situations, with general and special education students, however she remains calm, helpful, creative and student-centered.

Annemarie Stellman - School Psychologist

Diligent and fully invested in the success of students, this Super Star handles her workload with positivity, humor and a proactive attitude. Despite the packed schedule, she never hesitates to take on new responsibilities, such as joining the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team and launching the Sea Kings Unified Sports program at Corona del Mar High School, in which general and special education students compete with other high schools in a unified sports league. The Unified Sports program has been a complicated venture, but the joy and inclusion it brings for all students has been immeasurable. A team player, avid collaborator and strong advocate for students, this sincere, thoughtful and compassionate Super Star is a treasured member of the Corona del Mar school community.

Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:5/25/18
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