ESUSD Classified Staff of the Year honored by the El Segundo Unified School District Board of Education (BOE), (front row, from left) Laurie Meyer, Enrique Barron, Wahyu Bridge, and Araceli Reyes; (back row, from left) Student Representative Matthew Tritasavit, BOE Vice President Jeanie Nishime, BOE Clerk Tracey Miller-Zarneke, BOE Member Paulette Caudill, ESUSD Superintendent Melissa Moore, BOE Member Emilee Layne, BOE President Nancy Cobb, and ESUSD HR Executive Director Dylan Farris.
Nominations were submitted for classified employees at school sites throughout the District in the categories of Para-educators, Office and Technical Employees, Child Nutrition, and Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities. We have many employees worthy of recognition at all sites in our District, and this year we are recognizing the following people for their outstanding service to our schools, staff, and students.
Student Safety Assistant at El Segundo Middle School
Although Enrique Barron has only served as the Security Assistant at ESMS for about a year, he is considered an asset to the school since he first arrived. Within the first two weeks of the school year Barron was greeting students by first name during morning drop-off. Students are comfortable coming to him with issues and the ESMS staff feel confident in his ability to investigate and deal with any situation.
Barron goes out of his way to build relationships with students and is always willing to take on any task aimed at the betterment of the school. Former ESMS principal Melissa Gooden described him as, “a natural leader who puts 110% into his job every day, and is very well respected by staff and students.” Barron enhances the sense of safety at ESMS.
Cafeteria Worker and TLC Employee at Center Street School
For more than 25 years, Wahyu Bridge has been a dedicated employee at Center Street School, working as a cafeteria worker and a TLC employee (after school daycare). Bridge assists the cafeteria manager with important tasks to ensure students get the best lunches possible. She always greets students warmly and assists them in any way she can, even helping to carry their plates if they are having trouble.
A dependable coworker and committed employee, Bridge takes initiative and takes pride in her work. She is well liked and respected by her coworkers, as well as the parents and students. CSS Principal Martha Monahan speaks highly of Bridge, “She quietly leads by example with seemingly limitless patience. She is a true asset to our school and the entire community, and entirely deserving of this award and so much more.”
Senior Custodian at Richmond Street School
RSS’s own “McGyver,” (as described by his coworker) Francisco Gonzalez, has worked to maintain, repair and improve the physical environment at RSS for nearly 20 years. Gonzalez fixes various issues such as maintaining cleanliness of restrooms, cafeteria power needs, and dealing with a bird trapped in a classroom. He always takes pride in his work and is quick to address any needs in the interest of helping the school.
Principal Alice Lee had many positive things to say about Gonzalez, including, “He is ready with action to help all teachers, staff and students’ needs. He is kind hearted and warm and is a valued member of our school community.”
Administrative Assistant for ESUSD Educational Services
Laurie Meyer has worked at ESUSD for six years and is the district registrar, which means she is the first interaction every single family new to the district has with ESUSD. She goes above and beyond to be kind and welcoming, spending as much time as possible to walk parents through the enrollment process and welcome them to ESUSD with a smile and assurance that they are in great hands. Meyer takes on any new challenge, often finding a more effective way of completing tasks. She has helped with input and editing of district communications on more than on occasion.
“Laurie Meyer has been nothing short of exceptional in every way,” said ESUSD Executive Director of Educational Services Maris Janicek. “Mrs. Meyer is caring, professional, reliable, and completely dedicated to making our school district the best it can be for students, parents, and employees.”
Special Education Instructional Aide at Richmond Street School
Araceli Reyes has spent the past seven years helping her colleagues and supporting her students in every way she can. Reyes works with special education students in grades TK-5 and has faced many challenges, but always faces challenges head on with a smile and caring manner. The academic and social emotional progress of the students Reyes works with makes it clear that she has created a supportive relationship with the students that truly benefits them.
Reyes’ colleagues describe her as a kind and caring individual with true concern for all of her coworkers and love for all students. She interacts in a professional manner with students and staff and is always ready to help when needed.