Hemet Unified School District honored four teachers and classified workers at Hamilton High School and Hamilton K-8 as this school year’s Employees of the Year recognition program held March 29 at the district offices in Hemet.
A teacher and classified employee at Cottonwood K-8 School in nearby Sage were also named as employees of the ear at the special event hosted by HUSD Superintendent Christi Barrett and governing board President Vic Scavarda and other board members.
Special education instructor Keith Gwyn was named Hamilton High School’s Teacher of the Year. The Hamilton High Classified Employee of the Year is Diane Langill who serves as a special education assistant.
Hamilton High School Principal David Farkas described his school’s employees of the year as “an absolute blessing to everyone on our campus, and without them our school would not be in the place it is.”
Hamilton K-8 Teacher of the Year is Stephanie Edwards who encourages her students and their families to read. Cindy Cornejo works at Hamilton K-8 and embraces Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports; she was named the school’s Classified Employee of the Year.
Hamilton K-8 Principal Carol Robilotta said her school’s employees of the year best exemplify the school’s motto this year to “be a hero; help everyone realize their opportunity.” She congratulated both for their efforts in helping the students take the opportunity to achieve their best.
Cottonwood Schools Teacher of the Year is Sonia Rangel who serves as the school’s English Language Development lead. Robin Miller, Cottonwood Classified Employee of the Year, is an instructional aide and also serves as a campus supervisor.
Cottonwood Principal John Wilder, while presenting his employees of the year, termed them “a dynamic duo” for encouraging students and staff to achieve success in whatever they do.
“On behalf of the governing board, congratulations to all of you for receiving this special recognition,” Scavarda said, addressing the honored teachers and staff. “Special because you have been selected by your peers for something extra that you bring to your job. You are our inspiration. Your work lights the way for all of us. Thank you so much for everything do you do for our kids in the classroom or administrator or any of the thousands of supporting jobs you help us build the future.”
Each of the employees of the year was presented a plaque in recognition of their honor and a gift bag.