“It is always a pleasure walking into Mrs. Prado’s class and seeing the independence in her students as well as collaboration. Mrs. Rosie Prado is truly an asset to our school and a
remarkable individual who is a model for all of us to follow!” —David L. Silveira, Principal of Lathrop School
“Mrs. Spears is one of those teachers that has so much energy and drive to help students reached their highest potential. Jennifer is a champion for all students. She values each child and what they bring, each day.” —Sherrie Jamero, Principal of Walter Woodward School
“Mr. Dominguez-Olea is an exceptional teacher. He is passionate about science and doing what is best for kids. We feel very fortunate to have Mr. Dominguez on our staff. He is caring and compassionate to our students and goes above and beyond to make Great Valley a great place to be for our community.” —Lisa Goodwin, Vice Principal of Great Valley Annex
“Marlene Martin has an integral presence on the Sierra High campus. She is a focused and energetic instructor in the English department and works tirelessly to meet the varying needs of her students, while keeping them engaged as active participants in their own learning.” — Anne Marie Shaw, Vice Principal of Sierra High School
“Mrs. Black is the backbone that keeps the school running and our students on track. She is an advocate for students who might not otherwise have or believe in their voice. She provides students the opportunity to build confidence when their home circumstances really wouldn’t warrant that. To say Mrs. Black is an important part of the Manteca Day School community doesn’t do her justice.” —Jillian Friend, Principal of Manteca Day School
“Nora’s tenure at Sierra High School thus far has been a positive and successful demonstration of her commitment to the student body and staff. She goes above and beyond just knowing the basic skills required to do her job, and she sincerely cares for the growth and well being of the students.” — Anne Marie Shaw, Vice Principal of Sierra High School
“Mrs. Mattos’ is an exceptional Attendance Clerk because she believes, whole-heartedly, that the best place for students to be, is in school. She advocates for student learning on a daily basis.” — Lori Guzman-Alvarez, Principal of Neil Hafley school
2016-2017 Honoree Photograph
2016-2017 Honoree Dedication
Melissa King is a 2nd grade teacher at Great Valley School, and she has been nominated as the Certificated Outstanding Primary Educator of the Year by her principal, Mrs. Patricia Boutte. Melissa has been teaching for 12 years. Mrs. Boutte says that “Melissa is an excellent teacher and is often the one others choose to observe when honing their own skills or taking other’s to observe a teacher.”
Jeanette Pacheco-Seward is a 4th grade teacher at Great Valley School, and she has been nominated as the Certificated Outstanding Intermediate Educator of the Year by her principal, Mrs. Patricia Boutte. Her Vice Principal, Mrs. Lisa Goodwin, indicates that “Jeanie is passionate about education, her students and the Great Valley staff and community. Jeannie spends countless hours ensuring our students get cutting edge educational opportunities inside and outside the classroom.”
Kevin Niendorf is currently an 8th grade Math and Social Studies teacher at Great Valley Annex, and he has been nominated as the Certificated Outstanding Junior High School Educator of the Year by his principal, Mrs. Patricia Boutte. Senior Director, Mrs. Clara Schmiedt, indicates “Mr. Niendorf is an exceptional teacher, who truly cares about his middle school students. He enjoys working with middle school students and they enjoy his class. He has the respect and admiration of administration, his peers, parents, and students.”
Allison Birakos is currently the Student Activities Director and Business teacher at Lathrop High School, and she has been nominated as the Certificated Outstanding Secondary Educator of the Year by her principal, Dr. Michael Horwood. Lathrop High School Vice Principal, Mr. Greg Leland indicates “Allison does an outstanding job of leading Lathrop High School, and she is a primary reason that we have such a fabulous culture and climate on our campus. She is a positive example of everything that is good about teachers today.”
Heidi Azevedo is currently a Program Coordinator at August Knodt School and has been nominated as the Certificated Outstanding Support Services Educator of the Year by her principal, Mrs. Sherryl Price. Her Vice Principal, Mrs. Randi Souza indicates that “Mrs. Azevedo is dedicated to the staff, students and community of August Knodt. She encompasses all the positive qualities that our District stands for. Our school is successful because of Mrs. Azevedo’s positive impact. She makes our school and District proud every day.”
Our recipient in the Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities Category is Jimmie Jacobs. Jim is the Head Custodian II at Neil Hafley School and has been with MUSD for 37 years—32 years at Neil Hafley and 5 years at Sequoia previously. Nominated by his supervisor, Mrs. Lori Guzman-Alvarez states “Mr. Jacobs established a commitment to keeping Neil Hafley School impeccably clean and being the “go-to guy” for anything that the administration, staff, students or parents needed.”
Jim won in his category at the county level and will be moving on to the state level to represent Manteca Unified as well as San Joaquin County.
Our recipient in the Office and Technical Category is Robin Miller. Robin is the Office Manager II at August Knodt School and has been with MUSD for 20 years. Nominated by her supervisor, Mrs. Sherryl Price states, “Robin has outstanding organization skills that is combined with high work ethics. As a dedicated and meticulous individual Robin has the ability to manage all kinds of secretarial and clerical tasks efficiently.”
2015-2016 Honoree Photograph
2015-2016 Honoree Dedication
Rocio Gonzalez teaches a K/1 combination class at Brock Elliott School, and she was nominated for the Educator of the Year by her principal, Mrs. Debbie Ruger. Rocio has been teaching for 10 years. Rocio is extremely involved at her school and at the District levels, participating on a variety of committees and leading the charge as a technology champion and a math curriculum lead. She supports other professionals by working with new teachers, and training and helping co-workers. She is the true example of a lifelong learner.
Elda Rodriguez teaches 5th grade at Great Valley Elementary School, and she was nominated by her principal, Mrs. Pat Boutte. Mrs. Boutte says that “Those who know Elda know that she is inspiring! She loves learning, and her enthusiasm is contagious! Elda celebrates her students’ successes with parents, her classroom community, and with administrators. She loves to teach science, in particular, but she is also an excellent trainer for site trainings. In fact, she is doing such a good job with training that she has been named a lead NGSS Rollout Trainer for the San Joaquin County Office of Education.
Martha Martinez teaches 7th grade language arts, social studies, and elective classes, nominated by her peer Brenda Madsen and her principal. Her principal, Mrs. Sherrie Jåçamero, states that “Mrs. Martinez makes learning an adventure!” One of her peers states that Martha is an “exceptional teacher who puts her heart and soul into her lessons, embracing the technology and infusing excitement into her students.” Martha is in many activities outside of the school as well as in her community.
Stephan Unterholzner is a science teacher at Sierra High School, and he is nominated by his peer Dr. Larry Grimes and his principal, Mr. Steve Clark. Dr. Grimes states that Steve’s primary motivation is that his students not just be successful, but be innovative and independent learners.” Mr. Clark states that “Steve serves in a variety of site, district, county, and national leadership roles, and he is one of the finest teachers that he has ever known!
Our recipient in the Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities Category is Tony Barros. Tony is the Energy Education Technician in the Community Outreach & Innovative Programs Department and has been with MUSD for 17 years. Tony’s supervisor, Victoria Brunn states “Tony is always willing to go above and beyond. He is the first one to volunteer his services. He makes himself available to schools sites when needed, assists as a chaperone on school field trips, and is a volunteer for the City of Manteca Fire Department.”
Tony won in his category at the county level and will be moving on to the state level to represent Manteca Unified as well as San Joaquin County.
Our recipient in the Office and Technical Category is Katy Jarnagin. Katy is a Clerical Assistant at Sierra High School and has been with MUSD for 10 years. Katy’s supervisor, Greg Leland states “Not only is her job performance outstanding, Katy continuously goes far above and beyond for the students and staff at our school. All of the students on our campus love and adore Katy. She has appeared in school rallies, singing and dancing. She has continuously donated to our school theatre, drafting program, and photography class.
Our recipient in the Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance Category is Angie Geter. Angie is a Paraprofessional at Manteca Day School and has been with MUSD for 18 years. Angie’s supervisor, Gerald Braxton states “She connects with students through empathy, encouragement, and celebration of success. She constantly seeks to learn new procedures, techniques, and educational philosophies, through literature, presentations, trainings and conferences.”