The 2023 Orange County Classified School Employees of the Year are nine exemplary school workers who pour their hearts into the roles and communities they serve.
On Monday, the Orange County Department of Education announced this year’s winners from a pool of 73 district level-honorees based on their work performance, leadership, dedication and involvement with their schools and communities.
“I am constantly in awe of the dedication and compassion displayed by our classified school employees, along with their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to serving our students and families,” said Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares. “From keeping our campuses clean and safe to ensuring our students receive nutritious meals, this year’s honorees perform at the highest levels of excellence day in and day out. Their commitment to supporting our schools and students is truly inspiring and deeply appreciated. On behalf of the Orange County Department of Education, I want to thank these employees for being the backbone of our educational system.”
Without further ado, here are the winners:
Clerical and Administrative Services Adriana Ponce Office Manager Jordan Elementary School Lowell Joint School District
Custodial and Maintenance Services Gene Martinez Maintenance Operations Division Lead Magnolia School District
Food and Nutrition Services Jaime Carranza Senior Warehouseman Anaheim Union High School District
Health and Student Services Emma Avalos Family and Community Engagement Specialist Anaheim Elementary Online Academy Anaheim Elementary School District
Paraprofessional Josephine Walberg Paraeducator 4 Adult Transition Program Capistrano Unified School District
Security Services Amira Hana Playground Assistant Melinda Heights Elementary School Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Skilled Trades Karin Vizcaino Skilled Maintenance – Electrician Los Alamitos Unified School District
Technical Services Manjit Kaur Charaia Senior Programmer Analyst Garden Grove Unified School District
Transportation Services Eddie Vey School Bus Driver Ocean View School District
Honoring Classified employees
The California Department of Education established the Classified School Employees of the Year program in 2008 to highlight contributions of school workers who support the education of the state’s more than six million public school students.
In Orange County, OCDE invites all local school districts to submit nominations for the program based on guidelines and timelines established by the state.
All nine Orange County Classified School Employees of the Year are set to be formally celebrated during Classified School Employee Week, which starts May 21.