2015-16 Classified School Employees
of the YearOur second OUSD Classified Employee of the Year (CEOY) Awards was a terrific success - the many nominations we received highlighted the remarkable contributions of individuals to our students, schools, and community.
Food Services Manager
PLACE @ Prescott
As Food Services Manager for the District’s largest kitchen, Sharelette Rodgers organizes the delivery of roughly 8,000-10,000 meals a day for more than 60 schools and educational centers “with a special attention to detail and care” while making sure “everyone on staff gets along and tries to be happy.”
Sharelette stays involved with school food issues, “always speaking her mind and advocating for improvements where she sees them.” She trains her staff of about 20 employees to keep the kitchen “clean and sanitary” which “gives everyone pride in their work. We know she’s doing it for the children.”
During her more than two decades at the District, Sharelette has risen to her current role “by always being fair and caring to everyone...answering questions and being available.” For many years, Sharlette has dedicated her time to passionately designing healthy and balanced meals for school meal menus “with a close eye at which ingredients students are eating.”Office and Technical
Irma Ortiz, Attendance ClerkHoover Elementary School
Irma Ortiz, or Ms. Irma as she’s known at Hoover Elementary School, is recognized as “someone who is warm and welcoming everyone through the office doors.” Hoover staff can always count on Ms. Irma to “deliver paperwork on time and complete, making things much easier on the staff.”
During her seven years at Hoover, Ms. Irma has also served as school nurse and is consistently involved with school activities - attending “all of our Community Gardens Days.” Ms. Irma is described “as the spine of our front office, keeping everything running smoothly.” Her support for students and families is endless, as “she calls families every day and remind them of the importance of coming to school.” She also arranged home visits and does “all she can to keep students in school.”Operations and MaintenanceSara Lanham, ElectricianBuilding & Grounds
As an electrician for Building & Grounds, Sara Lanham takes great pride in her work and is known around the school sites she works as “an amazing team player with a can-do attitude who consistently does whatever it takes to overcome obstacles in order to complete her daily assignments.”
Her team members in Buildings & Grounds know Sara to be “kind, considerate and getting along well with everyone. And while she will always be seen smiling at students, she is also vigilant about doing her work quietly and without interruption to the instruction going on in the classroom.”Security and Support ServicesEddie Franklin, School Security OfficerBret Harte Middle School
Eddy Franklin is known at Bret Harte Middle School as an “excellent and highly-effective” School Security Officer who has “the perfect, calm temperament to work with middle school kids.” Eddy is someone who “intuitively implements the social and emotional learning standards, embodying restorative justice practices as a matter of course.”
Eddy, also acts as a mentor to Bret Harte’s students, dedicating his personal time to shaping the school’s detention system by guiding students with the “kind of disciplinary practices that build students up rather than being punitive. He gets to know the students and implements their academic growth.”Instructional Assistance/ ParaeducatorAnn Rugtiv, Instructional Assistant, Early Childhood EducationBella Vista Elementary School
With each passing school year, Ann Rugtiv known to go “above and beyond” to support students and teachers as an Instructional Assistant at Bella Vista Elementary School. She “has generously shared her own personal resources including arts and crafts materials, books, holiday decorations” and it’s “with a tremendous amount of love and care for children. Ann has collected these materials over 40 years.”
Ann’s “loving and caring nature” makes her one of the most-liked members of Bella Vista, as many “feel connected to Ann and comfortable to discuss their challenges and even personal difficulties in confidence.”CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU!