Six Workers Named 2020 California Classified School Employees of the Year

Six public education workers have been recognized by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond for their outstanding service and dedication to students.

The Classified School Employees of the Year awards are given annually. But 2020 was a year of particular significance.

“This has been an extremely difficult year, and meeting students’ basic needs as well as their social and emotional needs has been more important than ever,” said Thurmond. “Thankfully our classified employees have made heroic efforts to step up and support California’s students so they can continue to learn. These dedicated employees make sure that kids have healthy meals, safe transportation on school buses, and have someone to talk to during difficult and unexpected changes—helping them stay safe and supported in their lives and in their education.”

This year’s six recipients are:

  • Phillip Burns, Food Service Sous Chef at the Anaheim Union High School District
  • Joel Magallon, Tradesman ll at the Monterey County Office of Education
  • Estella Ramirez, Office Clerk of the San Lucas School in the San Lucas Union School District
  • Dario Gonzalez, Academic Intervention Specialist, Bilingual Sr. at the Twin Rivers Unified School District
  • Jacqueline Simon, School Security Officer l at Frick Impact Academy in the Oakland Unified School District
  • William Taylor Jr., Truck Driver l for the Oakland Unified School District

Read more about these professionals and how they have gone above and beyond for their students here.



Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

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