Each year, nominations are submitted to honor selected classified employees at each school site within the District in the following categories: para-educators, office and technical employees, child nutrition, and maintenance, operations and facilities. ESUSD has many employees worthy of recognition at all ESUSD schools. The following 2019-2020 Classified Employees of the Year are recognized for their outstanding service to our schools, staff, and students:
Brenda Gronhagen, Instructional Aid, El Segundo High School
Brenda has worked at ESHS since 1999 and is an aide to Social Studies Teacher Craig Gast. She shows tremendous respect to the students she works with and goes above and beyond in her work. She comes in on her own time to determine the best way to support students and to ensure everything runs smoothly in the classroom. “I have never had an aide who cares more about the work than she does. She has been amazing and a true blessing to have in my classroom!” said Craig Gast.
Estella Acevedo, Food Services Staff, Richmond Street School
Servicing students at Richmond Street School for 20 years, Estella extends a warm and welcoming demeanor to students when they enter the cafeteria. She knows students by name and works with fellow staff members to create a positive environment. She has an excellent work ethic and displays enthusiasm for her position every day. Estella ensures meals meet the technical serving requirements, combined with an understanding of the kinds of foods students enjoy. She is a wonderful representative for the ESUSD Food Services Department.
Rosy Reyes, Senior Office Assistant, Richmond Street School
Rosy is a staff and student favorite who has worked at Richmond Street School since 2016. She greets the entire RSS family every morning with a huge smile and engaging conversation. She is well regarded and students, teachers and parents alike have expressed their appreciation for Rosy. She is hard-working and her sense of humor and ready smile truly brighten up Richmond Street School. One parent conveyed, “Ms. Rosy’s presence has made our time at RSS an experience my son and I will never forget.”
Ruben Mora, Night Lead Custodian, Center Street School
Ruben is a positive force on the Center Street School staff. He is appreciated by the school community for his excellent work ethic and “can-do” attitude. When the CSS custodial lead was unable to work, Ruben jumped right in and took on the leadership role. He is universally liked and respected by staff and he can always be relied on to go the extra mile for the students, families and staff at Center Street School. His can do attitude makes him an asset to our school and students. One PTA parent commented, “When I have brought a challenge up to him, he never turns away and often comes up with a better solution than what I had in mind. Ruben is an asset not only to Center Street, but to ESUSD as a whole.”
Carlos Gutierrez, School Technology Specialist II, ESUSD
Carlos serves as an instructional technology coach among other duties and has worked at ESUSD since 2014. He is extremely dedicated and ensures that technology is working correctly and efficiently for teachers and students so they can be innovative. He is also happy to work with parents to address questions and concerns. His position requires him to work many nights and weekends, taking him away from his family, yet, he always maintains a cheerful attitude and delivers high quality work. His friendliness and calm demeanor provide a safe work environment where no one is afraid to ask questions and they know they will get the assistance they need.