2021-2022 El Segundo PTA Honorary Service Award Recipients Announced

The El Segundo PTAs will host the annual Honorary Service Awards celebration on May 10, 2022, in the ESHS Performing Arts Center, located at 640 Main Street, El Segundo, CA. This year, the PTAs will honor and welcome on stage all of the Honorary Service Award recipients from 2020, 2021, and 2022, since we have not been able to gather for celebrations during the last two years. In addition, there will be two PTA volunteers honored with the Golden Oak Award, which is similar to a lifetime achievement award.


Each year the four school PTAs and the El Segundo Council PTA recognize individuals and/or organizations for outstanding service to students and youth in El Segundo, specifically looking to honor those who go above and beyond what is asked of them. The Honorary Service Awards were created by the National PTA. For the ESUSD community, the PTAs typically announce the recipients in late April at the El Segundo Council PTA’s Founder’s Day Tea. At this event, representatives from each school and ESUSD come together for one afternoon to celebrate our amazing volunteers. 


The process begins each January when the school site PTAs begin the process of soliciting nominations from staff and parents. Once the nominations are received, then the real challenge begins – having to narrow down the selection of amazing nominees to just five per school. The committee reviews all nominations and deliberates until the final recipients are selected.


El Segundo PTAs would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of its volunteers! Thousands of hours of volunteer time are given freely to each one of ESUSD’s school sites. Without this devotion to the students, teachers, staff, and schools, ESUSD would not be the robust and exceptional educational institution that it is. It is truly a team effort that comes together in support of support ESUSD students – one that is supported by parents, teachers, staff, administration, and community.


The categories that an awardee can be honored with are:

  • The Honorary Service Award is given to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding service to children and youth in your community, going above and beyond what is asked of them.
  • The Continuing Service Award is given to recognize an individual or organization for ongoing or long-time service to children and youth, providing support year after year.
  • The Outstanding Teacher Award may be given to recognize a teacher for outstanding service to children and youth through PTA, school, or community.
  • The Outstanding Administrator Award may be given to recognize an administrator for outstanding service to children and youth through PTA, school, or the community. 
  • The Very Special Person Award is given to recognize an individual or organization for their service to PTA.


The PTA Service Award honorees for 2021-2022 are:


El Segundo High School

Lauren Turner                  Outstanding Teacher Award

Danielle Busse                Honorary Service Award

Daniel Slack                     Honorary Service Award

James Whalen                  Outstanding Teacher Award

Jessica Davis                    Very Special Person Award


El Segundo Middle School

Cheryl Smith                     Continuing Service Award

Susi Flores                        Honorary Service Award

Shawna Gibson                Honorary Service Award

Mary Pacquin                    Honorary Service Award

Mary February Cotrufo      Honorary Service Award


Center Street School

James Williams                 Very Special Person Award

Tina Vergara                      Very Special Person Award

Heather Sutherland           Honorary Service Award

Juan Rodriguez                 Very Special Person Award

Samantha Lee                   Outstanding Teacher Award


Richmond Street School

Mariah Cooley                   Continuing Service Award

Shawna Lopez-Bartha       Honorary Service Award

Kirsten Kneipp                   Honorary Service Award

Carolyn Elder                     Outstanding Teacher Award

Stuft Pizza                          Very Special Person Award


PTA Council

*PTA Council chose to honor the entire ESUSD Leadership Team this year.


Guadalupe Grijalva             Outstanding Administrator Award

Densie Azcuna                    Outstanding Administrator Award

Martha Monahan                 Outstanding Administrator Award

Luke Olesiuk                       Outstanding Administrator Award

Alice Lee                             Outstanding Administrator Award

Carie Oulashian                  Outstanding Administrator Award

Adam Wright                       Outstanding Administrator Award

Bridget Frederickson           Outstanding Administrator Award

Ali Rabiei                             Outstanding Administrator Award

Sarah Davlantis                   Outstanding Administrator Award

Seyi Awoleye                       Outstanding Administrator Award

Danny Gauna                      Outstanding Administrator Award

Jack Plotkin                         Outstanding Administrator Award

Melissa Gooden                  Outstanding Administrator Award

Marisa Janicek                    Outstanding Administrator Award

Kim Linz                              Outstanding Administrator Award

Melissa Moore                    Outstanding Administrator Award

Anna Pham                         Honorary Service Award

Debbie Gabrielson             Golden Oak Award

Emilee Layne                     Golden Oak Award

Roxanne Vollmer                Very Special Person Award

Tori Davis                            Honorary Service Award



PTA Honorary Service Award Recipients Master List through 2022