High school district salutes teachers, staff

By Hannah Totte

Special to the Almanac

As the 2010-2011 school year shifts into gear, the Sequoia Union High School District has announced its annual awards to top teachers, staff and parent volunteers.

Rachel Andres, a math teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School, was honored as Certificated Employee of the Year, in part due to her work as coordinator of a program that helps prepare students to achieve four-year college eligibility. Many of the students are the first in their families to go to college.

Given a Classified Employee of the Year award was Eddy Marroquin, a campus aide at Woodside High School who was recognized for his commitment to maintaining a safe campus environment and for his "work ethic, positive attitude, and grace under pressure," the district said.

Tina Basler, a parent-volunteer at Woodside High, was named a Volunteer of the Year for her endeavors to enhance communication at the school.

Employees who reach milestone anniversaries in the 2010 school year were also recognized.

Applauded for 30 years of service were Janet Elliot, math teacher at Menlo-Atherton, and Charlotte Mansfield-Murphy, senior instructional associate at Woodside High.

Recognized for 20 years of service were Donna Allen, guidance information specialist at Woodside High; Richard De Francisco, English learner teacher at Woodside High; Lynn Emrick, business teacher at Woodside High; Mona Klein, consumer home economics teacher at Menlo-Atherton; Maricela Medina, school secretary at Woodside High; Sue Rhodehouse, academies teacher at Woodside High; and Susan Wilson, special education/resource teacher at Woodside High.


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Posted by District Parent
a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I'm surprised the district did not recognize at least one of the many outstanding teachers at Summit Preparatory High School, recently named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the Top 100 high schools in the nation.

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Posted by not surprised
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Can we get over this charter fixation?
If the charter schools are PART of the district, then they get all that comes with it.
These honorees for the most part were getting recognition for years of service. I hope that we can do that for the Charter School teachers after a decade.
I'd be happier if this was all ONE district. The charter school teachers and administrators were not at this assembly of all the district employees... because they are a charter. Let's just make them part of the district!! (I have a feeling they would be opposed)
It is supposedly a GREAT thing that they are not run by the district. You can't have it both ways.

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Posted by BoarderMom
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm

What about Sequoia HS and their recipients. The article almost gives the impression that no one at Sequoia received an award. Sequoia HS has 700 incoming freshman this year, many from within the Almanac's coverage area.

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Posted by Rachel Andres
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Sep 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

This article leaves out other Employee/Volunteer of the Year Award Winners:
Terri Ignaitis: College & Career Guidance Advisor, Sequoia High School
Julio Calles: Computer Technician, Sequoia High School
Barbara Hooper: Teacher for English Learners & Coordinator of the English Learner Program, Sequoia District Adult school
Lorene Lederer: Parent Volunteer, Carlmont High School
Please do a more thorough job of reporting in the future. Each and everyone of these award winners deserves to be honored.

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