Bill Bartholome, Teacher of the Year
Mr. Bartholome is an outstanding teacher and instructional leader. In the classroom, he connects with all kinds of students and is equally great at working with highly motivated students in Algebra 2 as he is at working with reluctant learners in Algebra 1 Support. His calm personality lowers kids affective filters so that they can focus on learning math. He has been a champion of finding and trying new instructional strategies in his classroom and in supporting his colleagues to do the same. According to his principal, Ms. Thomasian, “A little over a year ago when discussing the large number of Algebra 1 failures, he said, ‘What we're doing isn't working and I want to help us find what will.’ This indicated to me personally Bill's drive to help every student understand math. It also showed me that he didn't just care about the kids in his class, but in every math class at Paloma.” He routinely uses words like "team" when talking about his colleagues. It is in his role as an instructional lead that he really shines. He comes along side his peers and works with them to examine instructional practices. He is relentless in hunting tools that will help all teachers to teach and all students to learn.
Melanie Woodard, Teacher of the Year
Ms. Woodard is an AVID and Social Studies teacher at Perris High School. She is kind and brightens the lives of our students every single day. According to Mr. Santos, her principal, Ms. Woodard is an exceptional teacher who is student-centered and goes the extra mile to connect with students. She is an advocate for students' success and involves herself in ways to improve the culture of the school. She establishes great relationships with all of those that come in contact with her and empowers students and other staff members to be better. In addition to being an awesome teacher, Ms. Woodard is actively involved in the Perris Secondary Educators Association (PSEA) and has been instrumental in helping to maintain an outstanding working relationship between PSEA and PUHSD.
Victor Murillo, Counselor of the Year
Mr. Murillo is a counselor at CMI. He is responsible for the academic placement and progress of over 500 students. He listens, respects, and honors all students, parents, and staff. Mr. Murillo has distinguished himself as a student advocate for the students who live in poverty and whose parents never went to college. He's not afraid to tell students they need to work hard, and he's not afraid to challenge his colleagues to do more for it demonstrates King Skills in identifying underlying conditions affecting students' behavior that negatively impact academics. He is a sympathetic and understanding listener. Mr. Murillo has a firm grasp of facts, understanding that there are times external factors negatively impact students socially and academically. His greatest strength is his ability to build relationships within a highly diverse community. His interpersonal relationships with peers, students, parent committee members, and fellow administrators are exceptional. He is helping ensure that CMI has a 100% graduation rate! As an Airman, he was a recipient of the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal and Humanitarian Medal. He supported humanitarian missions in Rwanda, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. Most recently, when the Camp Fires destroyed California communities, Mr. Murillo was on the ground working to provide shelter to thousands of displaced residents.
Charles Tippie, Certificated Administrator of the Year
Mr. Tippie is our Director of Learning Support Services, which means he oversees the districts assessment and accountability program, as well as services for English Learners. However, he is so much more than his title. He has an incredible dedication to the Educational Administration Profession. He is an extremely hard worker and has a high standard for his work as well as his team. Mr. Tippie is extremely adept and invaluable when it comes to State Testing he led the district in transition to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The amount of planning, training and implementation for the SBAC could have been daunting for the District, but Mr. Tippie is the consummate planner and had solutions at every step. Mr. Tippie is also responsible for coordinating our annual district-wide professional development. He ensures that over 1,000 employees in the Perris Union High School District are provided high-quality professional development that specifically relates to how they provide services to our students. Although he does not work directly with students, Mr. Tippie has a positive impact on students in our District every single day!
Bevy Escobar, Site Support Employee of the Year
Ms. Escobar has been the District nurse in PUHSD for over three years. It is amazing how many medical questions arise on a daily basis, but whatever the situation, Ms. Escobar knows how to treat it, handle it, or deal with it. She just knows her stuff! All nurses need to know medicine, but in addition to medicine, district nurses need to understand how to treat students medical needs, as well as school law, and school practices/procedures. Ms. Escobar has been instrumental in rewriting our policies and procedures for our District to help make our students safer. She also makes sure that our health technicians and schools are operating within the law and utilizing best practices. At the end of the day, Ms. Escobar is a nurse through and through. She is a nurse in the sense that she has a genuine nurturing and selfless spirit. She cares about the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all our students!
Joseph Williams, Classified Administrator of the Year
Mr. Williams is a rock star! He began his career within the (PUHSD) as an English teacher at PVHS. As Executive Director of Information Technology, he may no longer be in the classroom; however, he is still a teacher at heart. He possesses the unique ability to understand technology from both a technical and an educational perspective. Among his many responsibilities, he oversees Scholar+ a nationally-acclaimed program within the PUHSD, where every single student receives his or her own Chromebook. The bigger part of Scholar+ is the infrastructure, training, and support that are needed to ensure that all students and staff have access to the technology they need to ensure turn high-quality instruction and 21st-century learning skills. Mr. Williams has also been instrumental in the development of maker-spaces throughout the District, where students have the opportunity of developing Hands-On experiences that directly impact their real-world learning. Mr. Bennett said, “Mr. Williams is not resting on his laurels nor relying only on his past accomplishments.” He continues to strive to do what is best for staff, students, and families. Mr. Williams consistently advocates for PUHSD to continue advancements in educational technology, opening up even more opportunities for students. He looks at existing structures with a critical eye, questioning if these systems will make sense for students tomorrow. He pushes his colleagues to prepare students for the world they will grow in, when immersed in technology. He promotes new models of instruction, such as a hybrid and flipped learning, to capitalize on instructional time and the tools we have available. The PUHSD is very fortunate to have him on our team and working for the benefit of the students within our District.”
Xochitl Trujillo, Confidential Employee of the Year
Mrs. Trujillo has worked for the PUHSD since September 1999 and has held varying positions, each as a promotion, and taking on more responsibilities. She has worked as a Paraeducator, Senior Clerk, Secretary II, Professional Development Technician, and the last two years as the Administrative Assistant in the Technology department. She is always warm, welcoming, and professional. She has a myriad of responsibilities in her job and she's integral in how things get done in the Technology department. According to our superintendent, “Our District strives to provide sizzling customer service to staff, students, and parents, and Xochitl exceeds the expectation on a daily basis. Her patience, kindness, and ability to listen to and meet the needs of our teachers and staff is admirable. She frequently receives phone calls and emails from teachers regarding technology needs. She responds quickly with thorough information to ensure that they have a positive experience and are able to meet the needs of our students.”
Slobodan Stevanovic, Classified Employee of the Year
Mr. Stevanovic (or fondly “Sloba”) is a Programmer Analyst with the Technology department. Sloba has been instrumental in helping oversee the Scholar+ program by guaranteeing that all 10,000 students within the PUHSD have a working Chromebook. He also helps to manage all of their accounts. In addition to being a technology guru, Sloba exemplifies our District philosophy that everyone is an educator. On his own, he has gone to several school sites to assist students and use the maker-spaces where students can demonstrate their learning in creative ways. He also works with students during our summer maker camps. Additionally, he has presented at Edcamps and during our district-wide professional development. Sloba is a wonderful example of the best of PUHSD. According to Mr. Bennett, “He is such a kind and caring person that is respected throughout the District. His customer service is excellent and his drive to do what's right is outstanding.” In fact, the technology department has a mantra that they use for customer service that is “What would Sloba do?”