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2015 RAVE Awards

Jennifer Moless, Teacher - Junipero Serra Elementary School

“Jennifer is an awesome teacher and colleague! She inspires the Kindergarten and first grade teachers at our school and has helped to organize several fundraisers. Jennifer is truly an inspiration to all teachers!” - Nominated 12/2015

Charyl Redding, Instructional Reform Facilitator - Glen Park Elementary School - Distinguished Service Award Winner for October 2015

“Charyl possess a spirit of humility. Her energy and focus is in student learning. She works diligently to ensure that students' progress in their academics- and they do.” - Nominated 05/2015

Gabriel de la Cruz, Teacher - Thurgood Marshall Academic High School - Special Service Award Winner for October 2015

"Gabe is the perfect embodiment of a Swiss Army Knife. Not only is he clearly well-versed in his content, but he leverages his own network of community activists to make social justice as palpable as possible for his students. He is unwaveringly dedicated to building relationships both in and out of the classroom... and is relentlessly committed to putting students first and will strongly advocate for them in conversations with educators and administrators alike.” - Nominated 05/2015

Jaime Raygoza, Custodian - Sutro Elementary School

“Jaime is kind and approachable. If there is an unexpected accident or issue to be dealth with, he is always willing to go the extra length for the betterment of his community. Jaime is so reliable and so dedicated.” - Nominated 10/2015

Tom Tomczak, Teacher - George Washington High School

“Tom cares deeply about ELL and newcomer students. He creates relevant lessons that not only build their English language skills, but also build their self-confidence. He has been repeatedly selected by his students as an honoree of the University of California's annual Teacher Recognition for inspiring them in high school.” - Nominated 10/2015

Christine Hosoda, PE Teacher - Lowell High School - Special Service Award Winner for October 2014

“Ms. Hosoda is excited and upbeat every day. Her students are engaged and she has excited the entire PE Department at Lowell to become better teachers.” - Nominated 10/2015

Research, Planning and Accountability Team - Distinguished Service Award Winner for May 2016

“There is a culture within RPA that is marked by a strong equity vision, tremendous integrity and the highest degree of professionalism. Each member of the team is accessible and responsive to the myriad of requests that come across their desks each day and all members demonstrate a deep commitment to our shared work of improving the outcomes and learning experiences for all students.” - Nominated 10/2015

Lynda Boyer, School District Nurse - George Washington High School - Distinguished Service Award Winner for September 2015

“Ms. Boyer is keenly aware of the needs of students, delivering wellness services in a sensitive, skillful manner that enables students to feel supported yet take responsibility for their health needs. She is extremely resourceful and has established important relationships with community agencies that have resulted in increased services for students.” - Nominated 01/2015

Christine Armstrong, Teacher - Alvarado Elementary School - Special RAVE Award Winner for September 2015

“We have had the good fortune to have some excellent teachers at Alvarado Elementary, but Christine Armstrong stands out as a truly outstanding educator who puts the students' education, growth and learning above all else. The children in her class love going to school and are excited to learn.” - Nominated 5 times 05/2015

Denise Soler, Special Education Teacher,Community Access Transition Program - Lowell High School - Distinguised Service Award Winner for September 2016

“Collaboratively during IEP meetings we've been able to set several goals and meet them. Ms. Soler is always accessible and always has [our child's] best interests at heart.” - Nominated 09/2015

Annette Minafo, Credential Analyst - Human Resources - Distinguished Service Award Winner for May 2016

“Annette is trusted by all members of the team to answer questions, big and small, related to her field. She never turns coworkers away, and enables all to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.” - Nominated 09/2015

Daisy Chin, Jason S. Wong, Rhonda Kreklau, Jon Kwak, JoAnn Castillo, Carrie Maloney, Martin Cameron, Eddie Ngo, Steve Lopez - Department of Technology

“This team is just fabulous!! They are dedicated to work and drill to the bottom of the issue. They are like a torch of light that guides you in the right direction, finds a solution and solves the issue together.” - Nominated 07/2015

Dina Wright, Student/ Teacher's Aide - Lincoln High School Teacher Academy to Paraprofessional Program

“As a student intern, Dina spent her summer tutoring, teaching and model learning for Special Education students and credit recovery students during summer school. She did this as part of the Teacher Academy, which paves a pathway for local talent aspiring teachers to become SFUSD paraprofessionals.” - Nominated 06/2015

Vivian Hong, Teacher - Junipero Serra Elementary School - Distinguished RAVE Award Winner for May 2015

“She took the time to teach me even though I was very distracted with my home issues. She would make the extra time and effort to support and reteach concepts to me at lunch and after school - her own free time.” - Nominated 01/2015 and 10/2014

Philip Siu, Desktop Support – IT at 655 De Haro Street - Special RAVE Award Winner for May 2015

“Philip has been providing IT support at Denman M.S for the past 5 years.
He is always courteous, friendly, patient and very professional. He does a great job explaining what he has done and asking clarifying questions. He does a fantastic job fixing our computer problems and I know when he arrives that the problems will get addressed by him. I really appreciate his hard work and great attitude.” - Nominated 08/2013

Kevin Odle, Assistant Principal - Visitacion Valley Middle School

“All teachers and students feel comfortable approaching him for help, support or just a chat. He leads the Instructional Leadership Team and strived to bring a sense of social justice to our discussions and plans for the school. He pushes everyone to be a better person.” - Nominated 05/2015

Alice Lin-Tay, School Secretary - Tenderloin Community Elementary School

“Alice Lin-Tay is faced with a million different situations and challenges each day being in the front office at school and faces with them with a smile and always works to resolve issues. She's quick and efficient with all tasks and is very professional.” - Nominated 05/2015

Monica Lun, Kindergarten Immersion Teacher - Garfield Elementary School

“Monica is an innovative teacher who always uses engaging techniques to make learning fun and hands on for her students. In addition, she has excellent rapport with the parents, carrying over her nurturing demeanor towards the parents and her colleagues.” - Nominated 05/2015

Peter Sroka, Drama/ Music Teacher - Curriculum & Instruction/ Visual and Performing Arts, plus Multiple School Sites - Special Service Award Winner for March 2016

“He has so many songs that he has written that teach children about a range of subjects, including social studies, math, science, language arts and history based on Common Core curriculum. He worked on developing an app for his music last summer so it can now be now be accessed from an iPad.” - Nominated 05/2015

Norman Zelaya, Special Education Teacher - Buena Vista/Horace Mann

“He has many of his students at grade level and teaches well the social emotional and academic skills his students need to succeed. Stepping into his class it always seems like students are learning and on task.” - Nominated 05/2015

George Cachianes, Teacher - Abraham Lincoln High School - Distinguised Service Award Winner for January 2016

“His dedication is reflected by his interactive teaching style that promotes a strong connections with his students. It is through these connections that Mr. Cachianes is able to bestow a multitude of life lessons upon his students, who take these lessons and utilize them as they transition into adulthood.” - Nominated 05/2015

Kristina Kim and Sam Bass, Teachers - Miraloma Elementary School

“This team is dedicated to the betterment of public school education as evidences by their relentless effort in creating a strong community of families, pushing students to achieve their best academically, and a sincere focus on everyday values of generosity, acceptance/inclususion, and kindness.” - Nominated 05/2015

Desktop Support Team: Brian Falls. Mamadou Cisse, Anthony Kuan, Ralph Murillo, John Hanley, Iain Bryan, Cryscal Cheung, Leonard DeJesus, Benjamin Zhong, Craig VanSpronsen, Dave Pankenier- Information Technology Department

“Every day this team makes sure all schools are up and running in regards to their technology. They are the faces of IT at all school sites and provide excellent customer service which reflects on to the rest of the IT department working behind the scenes.” - Nominated 05/2015

Manuel Young, Band Director - Burton High School - Special Service Award Winner for February 2016

“Mr. Young has work tirelessly to bring the band at Burton to an amazing and award winning level. He is loved by students, staff and parents alike.” - Nominated 05/2015

Chris Linder, Teacher - Miraloma Elementary School

“Chris goes above and beyond in her role as a classroom teacher. She works to engage every single student and to inspire a passion of learning within them.” - Nominated 05/2015

Maria Herrera, Teacher - Alvarado Elementary School

“Ms. Herrera exemplifies what a great teacher should be - someone who not only cares about the kids she teaches, but also someone who gets involved in the community to ensure parents are involved in their kids' education.” - Nominated 05/2015

San Francisco Teacher Residency Program Team: Hossien Koch, Brian Waldman, Megan Deane, Rigoberto Barrera, Alan Calac, Amber Lancaster, Lenore Kenny, Marcel Degas, Katie Waddle, Martin Mckenzie, Lisa Cowles, Marianna Singwi-Ferrono, Anna Blake, Danielle Casimiro, TR Amsler, Geri Almanza, Loretta Torres, Vanya Cole, CIndy Cheung, Benjamin Corey, Ryan Mountford, Laura Belfiglio-Gold, Stefan Sobiek, Robert Sautter, Sara Liebert, Annie Martin, Esther Woo, Nikki Thornton - Various School Sites

“We would like them to be recognized for their dedication, their humility, their service to their students, their schools, and the district. As SFTR cooperating teachers, they are leaders in teacher education. We want them to be recognized for stepping up and taking responsibility for preparing the next generation of excellent teachers for hard to staff schools in SFUSD.” - Nominated 05/2015

Kristen DeAndreis, Midle School Physical Education Content Specialist - Academic and Professional Development, Learning Support and Equity - Distinguished RAVE Award Winner for April 2015

“Her professionalism and work ethic have brought our middle school physical education departments so much closer with enthusiasm and encouragement. I am proud to work in a district that has such a professional person working as middle school physical education content specialist like Kristen DeAndreis. ” - Nominated 01/2014

Sarah Van Velsor, Instructional Reform Facilitator – Bryant Elementary School - Special RAVE Award Winner for April 2015

“Sarah is all about closing the achievement gap for the underserved students! She works tirelessly with teachers; coaching, modeling and mentoring. The lens she relies on always is student achievement. ” - Nominated 05/2013

Jing, Custodian - Custodial Services

“We appreciate everything Jing does for our students and families, and always appreciate Jing's commitment and proactive attitude. Thank you Jing!” - Nominated 04/2015

Renee Vargas, Administrative Assistant - Pupil Services - Distinguished Service Award Winner for February 2016

“Renee does' everything she can to talk with families and translate for the team. Renee always puts families and children first in her work and it would be impossible to another person who can be any more professional.” - Nominated 04/2015

Kathleen Shushtar, Senior Clerk Typist - Claire Lilienthal Elementary School

“Mrs. Shushtar makes sick students feel better, bandages up ouches, fields parent questions, makes sure each teacher gets what s/he needs, and supports our administration. We are truly lucky to have her expertise.” - Nominated 04/2015

Yvonne Kawasaki, Clerk Typist - Abraham Lincoln High School

“Yvonne has a willingness to go beyond her required duties...” - Nominated 04/2015

Tammy Tsang, Clerk Typist - Francisco Middle School - Special Service Award Winner for January 2016

“No matter what is happening, Tammy is kind, patient, and professional. She is helpful to parents and families and is a friendly face for anyone who comes into the office.” - Nominated 2 times 04/2015

MPD Support Staff, Sylvia Romano, Alfonso Santos, Kan Kan, Jack Banouvong - C&I Cabrillo Campus

“These 4 individuals bring amazing talents and skills to the Multilingual Pathways Department. They are the constant gardeners, tending to every imaginable detail, keeping systems organized, supporting administrators and TSAs, going above and beyond what's required of them to make sure our students--through our schools and departments--receive the world-class education envisioned by our amazing district.” - Nominated 04/2015

Chun Yin Li, Family Liaison - Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

“Chun successfully formed the school's first English Learner Advisory Committee to help bridge the cultural and language gap between English learners and school staff.” - Nominated 04/2015

Paulette Cauthorn, Senior Clerk Typist - Ruth Asawa SOTA

“Paulette Cauthorn is ready to take any challenge that comes on the way. It does not matter the size of the problem or challenge, she is there with the right energy and a big smile.” - Nominated 04/2015

Karen Hadley, Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher - Claire Lilienthal - Scott Campus

“Every day Karen,... makes a difference in students' lives. She is highly organized, a visionary, has an awesome rapport with her students, creates amazing school spirit, and alumni from Claire Lilienthal continually stay in contact with Ms. Hadley even into their college days.” - Nominated 04/2015

Corina Herdashe, Senior Clerk Typist - Special Education Services

“She has a strong work ethic and an excellent memory, and she always thinks of the best interest of the special education team and the students we serve.” - Nominated 04/2015

Lanelle Patton-Yancy, Senior Clerk Typist - Visitacion Valley Middle School

“Ms. Patton-Yancy is continuously pulled in every direction, multi-tasking, wearing the hats of many people... all the while with a positive and upbeat energy that never wavers.” - Nominated 04/2015

Michelle Chang, Principal - Dianne Feinstein Elementary School

“Michelle Chang is a secret superhero. She is strong, brave and single-minded in her drive to help the kids who need the most help. While balancing the high expectations and demands of a west side middle class school...” - Nominated 04/2015

Miriam Martinez, Secretary - State and Federal Programs

“Ms. Martinez is diligent, patient, supportive, gracious, prompt, responsive, polite and professional... It is people like her who make our district a better place to learn and work.” - Nominated 04/2015

John Muratet, Teacher - Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy

“Mr. Muratet brings his youth, humor, tech-savvy energy into the classroom every day. He makes himself available after school with an "open door" policy.” - Nominated 04/2015

Tracy Thompson, Teacher – George Washington High School - Distinguished RAVE Award Winner for March 2015

“Tracy's teaching is innovative, and her outside-the-box lessons encourage each student to reach and surpass their own potential, and foster a love of learning.” - Nominated 03/2013

Denman SOAR Team (Latrice Bennett, Dre Mackie, Tiara Rogers, Eric Boston) - James Denman Middle School - Special RAVE Award Winner for March 2015

“This team gives 120% EVERYDAY! They are working with our students who need them the most. This amazing team shows up everyday provides a rigorous education to all of our students. They work with the students to raise their academic skills, but also their social emotional skills.” - Nominated 03/2014

Lissette Deleon, Noon Monitor - Cleveland Elementary School

“Lissette is loving, hardworking, friendly and cares for others. She is very affectionate and parents always look to her for help...” - Nominated 03/2015

Theresa Breault, Teacher - Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

“She cares a lot about her students and spends a lot of time making lesson plans. Even though, this is only her 2nd year at MLK, she was an amazing teacher and made every class fun for the students.” - Nominated 03/2015

Manas Kulkarni, Teacher - Thurgood Marshall High School

“Mr. Kulkarni creates all of his lessons from scratch, paying special attention to the unique needs of his students. He easily builds rapport and creates a cooperative learning environment with his students. He's a natural leader in his grade level team meetings, is incredibly professional and always makes time to support his coworkers.” - Nominated 03/2015

Rosemary Kamkar, Student Activities Coordinator - Lincoln High School - Distinguised Service Award Winner for March 2016

“Rosemary is one of the most unassuming, humble, quiet, caring, loving, intelligent, insightful people on this planet. She gives her all and asks for nothing in return.” - Nominated 03/2015

Silvia Cordero, Principal, Ben Klaus, Assistant Principal, Maria Trinidad Orozco, Family Liaison, Rex Ridgeway, Volunteer and Grandparent, Team - El Dorado Elementary School

“The El Dorado team has demonstrated incredible innovation and commitment to supporting and strengthening family engagement, specifically around implementation of the School Quality Improvement Index Family Culture/Climate survey.” - Nominated 03/2015

Whitney Marsh, Teacher, Roosevelt Middle School - Special RAVE Award Winner for February 2015

“Ms. Marsh is an amazing, caring teacher who works to get the kids in shape, teach them good health habits, to respect themselves and truly is a model to our kids. She goes above and beyond to be a friend to ALL students at our school.” - Nominated 10/2013

Mr. Brian, Teacher Shell, Mrs. Courtney, Team - Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

“These 3 educators work tirelessly to make the preschoolers feel confident, have fun, and have a safe learning environment. They communicate extremely well with the parents and help the children achieve their maximum learning potential.” - Nominated 02/2015

Anastasia Shattner, Principal - Tenderloin Community School

“She holds monthly principal's chats that are open to all parents/guardians. She actively solicits input, ideas, questions, and concerns from everyone in attendance - and reaches out to those who are unable to attend.” - Nominated 02/2015

Nancy Hawkins, Teacher - Alvarado Elementary School - Distinguished RAVE Award Winner for January 2015

“Ms. Hawkins is always looking for extra opportunities for the children to learn. She actively encouraged the children in her class to participate in Google's Hour of Code and Beyond the Hour of Code. As far as I know, she was the only teacher at Alvarado to do this.” - Nominated 05/2014

Leslie Garner, Executive Director, IISJ - Special RAVE Award Winner for January 2015

“Leslie does many things to move the district forward. Recently she helped organize the School Planning Retreat for school teams to discuss the components of their Balances Scorecard. Her work ethic is strong and she is committed to moving our district forward. She gently hold us accountable for upholding the district's Strategic Plan: Impact Lives, Impact Learning.” - Nominated 04/2014

Jack Huang, IS Business Analyst Principal - IT

“Jack provides seamless support to the operations of Payroll, HR, Budget, Labor and IT in his role. No matter how busy he is, he has a professionalism and "can-do" attitude that is exceptional to experience. Jack deserves to be celebrated because he is amazing at what he does!” - Nominated 01/2015, Special RAVE Award Winner for August 2009

Rosa Cheung, Teacher - Claire Lilienthal Elementary School

“Mrs. Cheung encourages every student and makes sure they do their work completely without shortcuts. She is very devoted to teaching, and never tries to miss a day of school for her students. She is very disciplined with her students, and I'm very grateful for what she does.” - Nominated 01/2015