El Segundo PTAs will host the annual Honorary Service Awards celebration on May 10, 2022, in the ESHS Performing Arts Center, to recognize honorees from 2020-2022.
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 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