2016 Classified Employees of the Year

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CEOY 2016

Janice Roy

Janice Roy
Health Technician
Sequoia Elementary School

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Janice Roy has been a Health Technician at Sequoia Elementary School for 10 years. She has been an active member of the Sequoia Elementary school community ever since her children began attending the school more than 20 years ago. She has served on the PTA as a board member and has held several different offices, including PTA President. She likes helping to create a school climate where families feel welcomed and appreciated. There are very few events that have taken place at Sequoia during the past 20 years that Janice has not been a part of.

Janice is a conscientious employee who goes above and beyond the scope of her responsibilities. She is a very caring individual who works well with Sequoia Elementary families. All the children at the school know her name. She greets everyone with a smile when they come to see her in the nurse's office. She is like their mother at school and one can tell that the kids really appreciate her loving touch by the smiles, hugs, and thank you notes/drawings that she receives from the students.

"Janice is one of the most committed employees I have ever worked with at San Diego Unified," a colleague wrote in her recommendation letter. "Many staff members, parents, and students go to her first for help with issues."

The students know that she is genuine with her concern for them and they blossom in her care. When they need directions, she provides it to them. When the students need to feel special, she is compassionate to each one of them.

San Diego Unified congratulates Janice Roy and her family on her selection as 2016 Classified Employee of the Year.

2016 Classified Employee of the Year Runner-up

Cristina Serrano-Vera

Cristina Serrano-Vera
Attendance Assistance
Balboa Elementary School

Cristina Serrano-Vera has worked as an Attendance Assistance at Balboa Elementary School since October 2003. She is an exemplary worker who takes initiative and remains calm under pressure.

Cristina has been involved and responsible for many fundraising activities at Balboa Elementary. She organized a "Jump for Heart" fundraiser at which the school raised a record amount of funds. She reached out to the community for donations and handled all the event details. She is always looking out for families and has advocated for many needy people. She nominates families to the food banks and also to free uniform foundations. She has connected various associations to homeless families.

"I have had the privilege of working closely with Mrs. Serrano-Vera for two years, giving me the opportunity to see how essential she is to our academic organization," wrote Principal Hector Bravo in her recommendation letter. "Cristina's performance is thorough, she pays attention to details, is sensitive to the needs of our students, employees and the community. Furthermore, Mrs. Serrano-Vera is aware of the demands schools face and makes sure all deadlines are met."

Cristina has strong leadership skills that are used on a day-to-day basis. She is constantly taking initiative on various roles to help students at Balboa Elementary and is fully committed to helping them succeed. There is never a task that she will say no to and always makes sure that things are in the best interest of the students.

San Diego Unified congratulates Cristina Serrano-Vera and her family on her selection as 2016 Classified Employee of the Year Runner Up.