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Classified School Employees of the Year Honored

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Pictured clockwise from left: honorees Elizabeth Collins, Sara Douglas, Yolanda Williges, Tammy Shurte, Similoni Filikitonga, Francie Campbell, Debbie Valladao, Laura Pare. Not pictured are Bonnie Marques, and Kim Gilliland.
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Established in 2008 by the California Department of Education, the Classified School Employees of the Year program highlights the contributions of employees who have performed exceptionally in support of public school students, from preschool through grade 12.

This year, ten classified school employees, representing all Western Nevada County school districts, were honored at a special breakfast hosted at the historic Stone House in Nevada City.

County Superintendent of Schools Scott W. Lay and School District Superintendents express their heartfelt appreciation for the dedicated work that classified employees perform behind the scenes and in the classroom for the betterment of Nevada County students. The following school employees were honored with this special recognition for school year 2018-19:

Office & Technical

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Tammy Shurte – Nevada Union High School, Nevada Joint Union High School District, as well as Countywide Employee of the Year

Laura Pare – Chicago Park School, Chicago Park School District

Francie Campbell – Magnolia Intermediate, Pleasant Ridge Union School District 

Sara Douglas – Williams Ranch, Penn Valley Union School District

Bonnie Marques – Grizzly Hill School and Twin Ridges School District

Debbie Valladao – Union Hill School District

Para-Educator & Instructional Assistance

Elizabeth Collins – Bell Hill Academy, Grass Valley School District, as well as Countywide Employee of the Year

Kim Gilliland – Clear Creek School, Clear Creek School District

Yolanda Williges – Deer Creek School, Nevada City School District

Maintenance, Operations and Facilities

Similoni Filikitonga – Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, as well as Countywide Employee of the Year

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