Seven people received Employees Making a Difference awards from the Stanislaus County Office of Education.
The annual honors are for classified staff members, such as custodians and cafeteria workers, who support teachers and administrators at the campuses.
A Jan. 19 online ceremony recognized the winners in seven categories, as well as 20 other nominees from around the county. The winners, who move on to the statewide competition, are:
Karl Anderson, a campus supervisor for Modesto City Schools, in the security services category
Anne Bowers, a licensed vocational nurse in the Turlock Unified School District, health and student services
Alexandra Hancock, an instructional technology trainer for MCS, technical services
Cindy Perez, a staff secretary IV for MCS, clerical and administrative services
Humberto Rodriguez, a head custodian for Turlock, custodial and maintenance services
Yuphaa Rolicheck, a food service worker II in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District, food and nutrition services
Salome Trujillo, a resource assistant for English language learners in the Riverbank Unified School District, paraprofessional.
Trujillo also received the annual Jane Johnston Civility Award. It is named for an assistant county superintendent who died suddenly in 2012.
The county office sponsors the awards with Region VII of the Association of California School Administrators.
The nominees also included:
Veronique Alexander, county office
Ashley Alldredge, Patterson Joint Unified School District
Dawn Blandino, Oakdale Joint Unified School District
Jose Diaz, Ceres Unified School District
Inez Ferro, Patterson
Judy Figgins, Stanislaus Union School District
James Flippen, Turlock
Alma Garcia, Ceres
Meg Harter, Modesto
Dustin Layne, Ceres
Michelle Lee, Sylvan Union School District
Juan Lopez, Salida Union School District
Carrie Munroe, Sylvan
Tiffany Richison, Oakdale
Norberto Saldivar, Waterford Unified School District
Sheri Singer, Empire Union School District
Jodi Smith, Hughson Unified School District
Nancy Souza, Chatom Union School District
Fernanda Valadao, Denair Unified School District
Debbie Wiggins, Hickman Community Charter District.
A video of the award ceremony is at www.stancoe.org/go/EMAD.
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