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Classified employees honored

Each year, the California Department of Education promotes a program to honor classified employees that culminates during Classified School Employee Week, May 20-24. This year, nine Nevada County school districts have each chosen a Classified School Employee of the Year. These people represent the contributions of classified school employees who support the education of California’s public school students from preschool through grade 12.

The goal of the program is to identify exemplary classified school employees in the categories of child nutrition; maintenance, operations and facilities; office and technical; para-educator and instructional assistance; support services and security; and transportation. Each person selected goes above and beyond the call of duty, from raising canines for special needs to being life-long learners in order to better serve the school population.

The following school employees were honored with this special recognition for school year 2012-13:



Para-educator and instructional assistance — Lisa McLelland, Pleasant Valley School District; and Robin Fields, Chicago Park School District.

Maintenance, operations and facilities — Barbara Watkins, Ready Springs School District; and Robert Karbowski, Union Hill School District.




Office and technical — Vicky DeLaVega, Grass Valley School District; Jennifer Vierra, Clear Creek School District; Annette McTighe, Nevada City School District; and Diana S. Ely, NCSOS office.

Support services and security — Chris Espedal, NJUHSD.

Through a panel of judges, the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office is allowed to send one person from each category to the state level as a countywide Employee of the Year, to be considered as a California State Classified Employee of the Year. Nevada County’s countywide Classified Employees of the Year are Lisa McLelland, Barbara Watkins, Vicky DeLaVega and Chris Espedal.

Nielsen is the assistant to the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services


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