2021 Classified Employees of the Year Named

NEWS RELEASE: San Diego Unified School District Names 2021 Classified Employees of the Year
Posted on 05/13/2021

Custodial Operations Supervisor, Microcomputer Training Specialist Honored as San Diego Unified Classified Employees of the Year for 2021

SAN DIEGO – Ronald Dare, a Custodial Operations Supervisor, and David Marceleno-Benavides, a Microcomputer Training Specialist, have been named San Diego Unified School District’s Classified Employees of the Year for 2021.

Coinciding with Classified School Employee Week, San Diego Unified will honor its 2021 Classified Employee of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year Runner-Up, and the site Classified Employees of the Year at a special virtual celebration on Thursday, May 20 at 5 p.m. Classified Employees of the Year from individual school sites and departments from 2020, will also be honored.

Classified school employees play crucial roles in education. From transporting and feeding students to teaching them vital skills and ensuring that schools are operating smoothly, classified employees are integral to public education. The San Diego Unified Classified Employee event honors the district's 2021 Classified Employee of the Year, the Classified Employee of the Year Runner-Up, and more than 100 classified employees from individual schools and departments. The Classified Employee of the Year celebration is a traditional event on the Board of Education calendar. All Board members and senior district staff, community leaders and elected officials are scheduled to attend.

This year’s virtual event is co-hosted by North Island Credit Union. “North Island Credit Union is honored to partner with San Diego Unified School District in this very important recognition of school employees,” said North Island Credit Union CEO Steve O’Connell. “We are proud to celebrate those who play a vital role in the day‐to‐day operations of our schools as part of our mission to serve and support the San Diego education community. We congratulate the award recipients and nominees for their outstanding work in making an essential difference in their schools and in the success of their students.”

For more information on this year’s winners and on San Diego Unified’s Classified Employee of the Year celebration, please visit this website.

Sponsors of the event are California Coast Credit Union, California Schools VEBA, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit, Mission Federal Credit Union, shoplovemo.com, San Diego Education Association, San Diego Education Fund, Encore Entertainment Events.


MEDIA CONTACT: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified Teacher of the Year Coordinator, (619) 341-2343