Coinciding with Classified School Employee Week, the San Diego Unified School District will honor its 2022 Classified Employee of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year runner-up, and the site Classified Employees of the Year at a special virtual celebration on Tuesday, May 17 while honoring all classified employees throughout the week.

During this week, we invite everyone to honor classified employees by sharing a post, image or video of a special public school worker in their life. We encourage everyone to Thank a Classified Employee either in-person, or on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok) using the hashtag #ThankASchoolEmployeeSD.

Classified school employees play crucial roles in education. From transporting and feeding students to teaching them vital skills and ensuring that schools are operating smoothly, classified employees are integral to public education. The San Diego Unified Classified Employee event honors the district's 2022 Classified Employee of the Year, the Classified Employee of the Year Runner-Up, and more than 30 classified employees from individual schools and departments.

Classified Employee of the Year virtual Ceremony

May 17, 2022

Thank you to Our Co-Host & Sponsors

2021 CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR ANNOUCED

NEWS RELEASE

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED NAMES 2021 CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR

SAN DIEGO – Ronald Dare, a Custodial Operations Supervisor and David Marceleno-Benavides, a Microcomputer Training Specialist have been named San Diego Unified School District’s Classified Employees of the Year for 2021.

Coinciding with Classified School Employee Week, the San Diego Unified School District will honor its 2021 Classified Employee of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year runner-up, and the site Classified Employees of the Year at a special virtual celebration on Thursday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. Classified Employees of the Year from individual school sites and departments from 2020, will also be honored.

Classified school employees play crucial roles in education. From transporting and feeding students to teaching them vital skills and ensuring that schools are operating smoothly, classified employees are integral to public education. The San Diego Unified Classified Employee event honors the district's 2021 Classified Employee of the Year, the Classified Employee of the Year Runner-Up, and more than 100 classified employees from individual schools and departments. The Classified Employee of the Year celebration is a traditional event on the Board of Education calendar. All Board members and senior district staff, community leaders and elected officials are scheduled to attend.


This year’s virtual event is co-hosted by North Island Credit Union. “North Island Credit Union is honored to partner with San Diego Unified School District in this very important recognition of school employees,” said North Island Credit Union CEO Steve O’Connell. “We are proud to celebrate those who play a vital role in the day‐to‐day operations of our schools as part of our mission to serve and support the San Diego education community. We congratulate the award recipients and nominees for their outstanding work in making an essential difference in their schools and in the success of their students.”


For more information on this year’s winners and on San Diego Unified’s Classified Employee of the Year celebration, please visit: https://cutt.ly/CEOY2021.


Sponsors of the event are California Coast Credit Union, California Schools VEBA, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit, Mission Federal Credit Union, shoplovemo.com,Encore Entertainment Events.

MEDIA CONTACT: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified, Teacher of the Year Coordinator, 619-341-2343



The road to District Classified Employee of the Year begins at your school site. Use the nomination forms on this website to nominate a classified employee you deem worthy of being honored.

ABOUT THE CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR PROGRAM


Each year, San Diego Unified honors its classified employees during Classified School Employees Week, which is designated by the California Legislature each May. San Diego Unified has honored its classified employees every year since 1983.

The Classified School Employees of the Year (CEOY) Program highlights contributions of classified school employees who support the education of San Diego Unified's more than 100,000 public school students from preschool through grade twelve. The CEOY Program pays tribute to the tireless efforts of our district's outstanding classified school employees. From school bus drivers to cafeteria workers to instructional aides, these employees are the unsung heroes who play key roles in creating a school environment that contributes to the whole child by promoting student achievement, safety, and health. San Diego Unified's Classified Employees of the Year are recognized at a special award ceremony during Classified School Employee Week, the third full week of May each year.



ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING 2020 CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR INCLUSION IN 2021 RECOGNITION CEREMONY

As you know, the Classified employee of the Year recognition event honoring winners for the 2019-2020

academic year was suspended. While the winners were named, as a result of the

school closures, we were unfortunately unable to recognize all 52 Classified employees with the traditional accolades awarded to all site Classified employees of the year.


In an effort to make up for the missed recognition, this year in addition to the 2021

Classified employees of the Year, we will be honoring the 2019-2020 Classified employees of the Year during the ceremony on May 20, 2021. We look forward to recognizing you in front of

your peers and district leaders, as well as presenting you with your certificate and congratulatory gift.


Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines this year’s event will be held online. Although the

event will not be celebrated in person there will be virtual engagement opportunities

incorporated into the program. Further details regarding the virtual celebration will be emailed the 2019-2020 Classified employees of the year in the coming weeks.