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MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified To Honor Classified Employees of the Year

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified To Honor Classified Employees of the Year
Posted on 05/22/2017

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego Unified To Honor Classified Employees of the Year

WHAT: California recognizes the important contributions of classified school employees by naming the third full week of May "Classified School Employee Week" to honor these contributions. 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 2017 Classified Employee of the Year, the Classified Employee of the Year Runner Up and more than 100 classified employees from individual schools and departments.

WHEN: May 23, 2017, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Reception; 5 to 6:30 p.m. Classified Employees of the Year Celebration

WHERE: Patrick Henry High School, 6702 Wandermere Dr, 92120

ATTENDEES INCLUDE: Superintendent Cindy Marten, Board of Education members, district leadership, school administrators, families and friends of classified employees being recognized, student performers from Patrick Henry High School and entertainment by the Fat Shirley Band.

VISUALS: The district Classified Employee of the Year being honored with a video tribute, runner-up receiving special recognition and site classified employees of the year being recognized. Attendance is typically 200-250 people. Culinary students from Madison and San Diego high schools are prepping and serving food during the reception. Members of Patrick Henry High's String Quartet will play at the reception. Members of Patrick Henry's Bel Canto Ensemble will sing the National Anthem. The Fat Shirley Band will provide entertainment.

DETAILS: This year's Classified Employee of the Year is Carolina Iglesias, enrollment clerk at Marston Middle School in Clairemont. Iglesias starts her day with morning bus supervision, making sure students safely reach campus. Her job duties include handling student enrollment, transportation issues, entering behavior referrals and handling the Core Academy Supporting Student Achievement Success. She also takes on many other tasks during the school year, including coordinating Career Day and the 8th Grade Exit Exhibitions.

This year's runner up is Jeanne Stifter, school clerk at Jerabek Elementary in Scripps Ranch. For the past eight years, Stifter has served Jerabek Elementary and its school community. Stifter's work in the office is likened to her classroom. She believes in the highest quality of service to her clientele, which includes students, parents, staff and community members. She is kind and gentle in her approach to working with students who come in to the office seeking assistance. With every word and action, Stifter teaches children how to seek help and advocate with their voice.

In addition to the ceremony, there is a reception that starts at 4:15 p.m. Students from San Diego Unified's award-winning culinary arts programs at Madison and San Diego high schools will be prepping and serving appetizers and desserts. The String Quartet from Patrick Henry High School will provide music.

SPONSORS: Mission Federal Credit Union, California Coast Credit Union, The Standard, California Schools VEBA, eLiveLife.com and the San Diego Padres.

CONTACT: Jennifer Rodriguez | Communications | jcornelius@sandi.net | 619-847-6029