Six classified employees from San Bernardino County schools were recently honored as the 2022 San Bernardino County Classified School Employees of the Year.
This year’s honorees are from the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, the Chino Valley Unified School District and the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.
Since 2008, the California Department of Education has offered the Classified School Employees of the Year program to highlight exemplary employees. School districts nominate employees for the award, and a countywide judging panel chooses the winners, according to a news release.
The San Bernardino County recipients are automatically submitted for consideration at the state level.
At the awards ceremony, held June 15 at the Dorothy Inghram Learning Center in San Bernardino, each honoree received a $250 check from the event’s corporate sponsor, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. The awards ceremony was also livestreamed on the San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools YouTube channel.
Following are the 2022 San Bernardino County Classified School Employees of the Year, chosen in six categories.
The award in the paraprofessional category went to Julie Maloney, a library media technician at Yucaipa’s Valley Elementary School in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.
Maloney has served in that position for six years, and in their nomination her colleagues wrote that she is a positive, energetic force who inspires students to challenge themselves in their reading efforts, according to the news release.
During the summer of 2021, Maloney created a mobile library that allowed parents drive-through access to check out reading materials and textbooks. When COVID-19 restrictions resulted in a library closure, she revamped the library, which allowed teachers to have easy access to multiple levels of small-group intervention reading materials. She was instrumental in receiving hundreds of books for the students.
The award in the clerical and administrative services category went to Stacy Gillespie, the assistant principal secretary at Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills, part of the Chino Valley Unified School District.
Gillespie, who has served in that position for eight years, has been a student advocate, a club adviser and the school’s spirit adviser for six years. She leads the school’s Advanced Placement testing by organizing and executing the testing season each school year and she volunteers to assist and support events and organizations that benefit the students and community, according to the news release.
The award in the food and nutrition services category went to Jeffrey Jungnickel, who has been a child nutrition delivery driver for seven years with the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.
He is always there to meet the needs of all 12 kitchens, according to his peers and co-workers, and has been quick to adjust his personal time to receive calls to check on equipment. Staff members have praised him for being cheerful, positive, cooperative and supportive, according to the news release, and he has been effective in explaining and providing insight on policy and procedures.
The award in the custodial and maintenance services category went to Joseph Davis, the lead custodian at Yucaipa’s Park View Middle School in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District. He has held that position for seven years.
Davis takes pride in keeping the campus clean and ready for students, according to his team members, and provides ongoing training and support to his team. His colleagues describe him as a creative problem solver and a leader, and he is respected by the members of the custodial staff and the entire school, according to the news release.
The award in the health and student services category went to Brandy Osborn, a health technician at Competitive Edge Charter Academy in Yucaipa, part of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.
In her nomination, team members wrote that while Osborn may be called a school nurse, a better description would be “school mom,” according to the news release. Osborn is calm and confident and maintains a positive attitude when dealing with difficult situations, even when she may be facing an angry parent or scared student, according to the news release.
The award in the technical services category went to Jon Duncan, an information technology support specialist at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, part of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.
Duncan’s co-workers and peers have said that he is a hard worker and have commented on how much they appreciate him and what he does daily, according to the news release. He is also patient with people, regardless of their tech level or ability. During the pandemic and remote learning, Duncan’s job increased exponentially, with all teachers and students relying on technology.