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EUSD Honors 2016–2017 Employees of the Year

Every year, EUSD honors some of our amazing teachers and classified staff. Here are the Employee of the Year honorees for the 2016–2017 school year:

District Teachers of the Year

Dave Peterson

After working in the business sector, Dave Peterson taught in Orange County for 6 years. He then relocated to San Diego and began his career with EUSD. He has taught 4th and 5th grade at Juniper Elementary school for nearly two decades — and remains at Juniper today as a 5th grade teacher.

Over the years, Dave has mentored student teachers and made long-lasting community connections. He has been involved in EUSD’s most innovative programs: iREAD and Project LIVE. These programs gave his students increased access to classroom technology and earned them countless awards as young filmmakers.

A philosophy Dave teaches his students is that effort and attitude are within our control and will take us a long way toward reaching our goals. If you ask him how things are going, the response will invariably be “everything is fantastic!”

Lana Albertson

Lana Albertson is currently a science teacher at Bear Valley Middle School, with experience teaching both regular and special education across many grade levels. She has taken on several leadership roles throughout her career, including: mentoring new teachers, participating in EUSD’s grant-funded STEM Initiative, and serving as the science department chair. She pursues innovation, recently integrating a student-choice-centered genius hour routine in her classroom.

Lana has her teaching philosophy posted on her door:

“We are becoming lifelong learners. I believe that each student in this class is entitled to a learning environment that allows students to be risk takers, to make mistakes and try again.”

Lana wants students to have fun learning, so they love coming to class. She is most excited to hear when students consider science as a possible career.

District Classified Employee of the Year

Bulmaro Vigil

Bulmaro Vigil demonstrates on a daily basis his dedication as a professional and works cooperatively with fellow workers, faculty and administrative staff. He is always willing to accomplish any task assigned to him and to help anyone who requires assistance. He is the first to volunteer for the toughest assignments and always follows any directives by saying “It begins with me.” He has the respect of the entire custodial and maintenance staff and treats everyone with respect and professionalism. His customer service is top notch.

Bulmaro is self-motivated and shows great interest in not only his job, but at any school site he works at. He is frequently requested by his coworkers and sites for assistance, in which he lends his skills and expertise to accomplish the goals required to complete the job on time. He serves as a mentor to new permanent employees and substitute employees, and is often asked to not only train new employees but also fill in for day custodians at the sites when emergencies pop up. He has volunteered to work overtime, on his scheduled days off, and to stay late to complete a task, and never has complained about going the extra mile. His work ethic is superb, the quality of his work is excellent, his attitude and attendance outstanding, and he is admired by all the school sites, his fellow coworkers, and the supervisory staff in Maintenance and Operations.

School Site Teachers of the Year

Elementary Schools

  • Bernardo:
    Crystal Hanel
  • Central:
    Anna Clark
  • Conway:
    George Williams
  • Farr Avenue:
    Rosalinda Amador
  • Felicita:
    Katie Lyon
  • Glen View:
    Karla Garduno
  • Juniper:
    Dave Peterson
  • Lincoln:
    Shira Sandell
  • LR Green:
    Terri Kard
  • Miller:
    Stephanie Higginbotham
  • North Broadway:
    Sheralynne Taylor
  • Oak Hill:
    Kristen Moss
  • Orange Glen:
    Heather Bruder
  • Pioneer:
    Kathy Johns
  • Quantum Academy:
    Susan McKeon
  • Reidy Creek:
    Alisa Cordova
  • Rock Springs:
    Donna Watson-Baier
  • Rose:
    Lebrac Fletes

Middle Schools

  • Bear Valley:
    Lana Albertson
  • Del Dios:
    Tim O’Brien
  • Hidden Valley:
    Rob Steward
  • Mission:
    Gary Kirshen
  • Rincon:
    Dena Moore
  • District Office:
    Krystle Miller