2014-15 Classified School Employees
of the Year
Our first OUSD Classified Employee of the Year (CEOY) Awards was a terrific success - the many nominations we received highlighted the remarkable contributions of remarkable individuals to our students, schools and community.
Child NutritionSilvia Fong, Kitchen ManagerKorematsu Academy/Esperanza ElementarySilvia joined the district in 1999, and manages the cheerful and efficient delivery of literally thousands of meals a week to her school community. She is described as an effective team leader, an energetic advocate for local and healthy food choices, and a beloved figure for children and staff alike for the welcoming and spotless environment she provides for meals and snacks. Dedicated to building healthy children and families – Silvia Fong is Oakland Unified!
Ana Burgos, Administrative AssistantROOTS International Middle SchoolAna recalls when she transferred to ROOTS middle school over 10 years ago, people expressed concern for her safety. She responded, “How could I be afraid? These are my people!” The ROOTS community now calls Ana theirs with pride. She is the warm demander who keeps the office operations running (described as “doing the work of 5 people”), but never loses the warm and personal touch that identifies her as the heart of ROOTS. Truly representative of the students she servies – Ana Burgos is Oakland Unified!Operations and MaintenanceEugene Augustine, Head CustodianOakland Technical High SchoolMr, Augustine is an Oakland High Graduate and the reason Tech is the showcase we see today. He not only effectively runs a very tight service team, but mentors junior staff and ensures they receive the training and example that will help their careers flourish. He is a staunch support of Bulldog sports, and facilities are always prepared for events. He is also a key role model and mentor for students, and has taken an active role in helping them secure college scholarships. Dedicated to success for his team and his students – Eugene Augustine is Oakland Unified!Security and Support ServicesTerri McIntosh, School Security OfficerOakland International High SchoolTerri McIntosh works in a school where English is almost never a student’s language of origin, and yet she communicates and connects beautifully to keep kids in transition focused and on track. As School Security Officer, she is tasked with keeping order, but she goes above and beyond, she builds and keeps peace. Even when performing the enforcement activities she must, she comes from a supportive place that inspires students to stay and try harder. Seeing the potential in all her students and insisting they live up to it – Terri McIntosh is Oakland Unified!Instructional Assistance/ ParaeducatorEllen Richardson, Special Education Instructional AssistantMcClymonds High SchoolEllen Richardson (or Ms. Kitty as they call her at McClymonds) is part of a long-standing and very successful teaching team. Her principal says, “Ms. Kitty is a quiet storm on our campus. She operates from a spirit of peace, and it's that peace that draws students to her presence. Her ownership and leadership in her Special Education classroom helps immeasurably to support meeting the varied and constantly shifting needs of individual students and the group. ” Student-focused and optimistic – Ellen Richardson is Oakland Unified!CONGRATULATIONS!