PUSD recognize employee excellence
by PI Staff
Jun 20, 2013 | 869 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Patterson Joint Unified School District honored Teresa Murillo and Jackie Kreagor as employees of the month for April, Tiffany Hood and William Lee for May and Deyanira Lopez and Ofelia Aguilar for June at the April 15, May 13 and June 3 school board meetings. Each received a certificate and gift card for their efforts.

Murillo, a teacher and club coordinator at Patterson High School, was honored for her work with English Learner students and for keeping in contact with the students’ families. She keeps track of students’ progress as they become fluent in English and serves on the English Language Advisory Committee. Murillo also helps with student testing and even orders testing materials, according to fellow teacher Mary Solorio-Brandt who nominated her. Murillo also finds time to coordinate the Mexican American Student Association also known as MASA Club.

Kreagor, who works in the child nutrition department, helps other employees and is described as kind and hard working. School employee Judy Dodd, who nominated her, said Kreagor has a smile for her students and co-workers alike each day.

A “go to” person with a “can do” attitude his how Dianne Harris, Las Palmas School principal, describes Tiffany Hood. Harris, and fellow teacher Julie Du Priest, nominated Hood because she is a dedicated teacher who provides full attention to the students and is sure their needs are met academically, socially and emotionally. Hood is also an after-school tutor. Hood’s classroom door is always open to current and past students.

Apricot Valley Elementary school Principal Jose Sanchez describes Lee as a great role model for the children and adults. Lee is the first person children and adults see each morning has he greets families at the beginning of the day. Lee has taken on challenges to make a difference in children’s lives. He is a great problem solver and works with the students to solve playground conflicts. Lee has also given various classroom presentations in the past few years about coins and history. He does all this with a huge smile, according to Sanchez.

Co-worker Maribel Arreola nominated Lopez, a Grayson Charter School teacher who is dedicated to her students and collaborates daily with her partner teacher. Lopez is always willing to help colleagues and has often spent time helping them fill out forms and paperwork. Lopez is also on the school’s yearbook committee.

Aguilar, health outreach specialist at the Grayson Family Resource Center, facilitates pregnancy support groups with residents of Grayson and Westley. Aguilar provides families with education, support and resources to prepare for and nurture newborns, according to Maria Rosales, a co-worker who nominated her for the award. Aguliar is considered a health and wellness advocate by the parents she serves. Aguilar makes the parents feel comfortable enough to reach out for services and resources and to participate in Grayson School and the surrounding communities.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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