GGUSD’s Employee of the Month program is designed to recognize employees who: put others first; go above and beyond to make a difference in their role; carry out each day with a positive attitude and strong work ethic and demonstrate innovation, leadership, and passion for their job.
Brian Dawson has been with GGUSD for 14 years, serving as a special education assistant and sub custodian. Since 2013, he has served as the Athletic Equipment Attendant at La Quinta High School. Brian was nominated for this recognition by a colleague who said that Brian puts the needs of students first, making sure they have what they need for a successful athletic program. He goes above and beyond taking pride in the athletic fields he maintains. He works outside of his defined role, picking up trash on campus, to keep it clean and safe. Brian adds value to GGUSD and La Quinta High School as the Varsity Baseball Coach leading the team to a league title last year. Brian makes positive connections with all students, including those who are possibly taking the wrong path, to help them understand the importance of making good choices. Brian created a welcoming, supportive culture on his baseball team, giving a role to a student in a wheelchair showing the players that anyone can contribute and be part of the team. Brian said the best part of his job is working on a daily basis with student athletes and watching them progress from boys to young men in four years.
Amber Mueller has served as a Special Education Resource Teacher since she joined the district in September 1998. She began at Faylane Elementary School before moving to Stanley Elementary School in 2006 where she has been ever since job-sharing for 12 years in a RSP classroom and now a RSP/Mild Moderate Class. Amber was nominated for this recognition by a parent who said that “Mrs. Mueller goes out of her way to teach me exercises to help with my son’s disability and demonstrates a great deal of compassion for both students and parents.” She said that because of Amber’s help, her son has improved his ability to complete tasks with minimal frustration and he loves going to her class. Principal Jamie Shippee said Amber treats all parents as partners in the education of their children. She gets to know families because she knows every student has a story and that story will lead to being able to help the student learn. Amber leads with the heart and finds the strengths in every student. By using students' strengths, she supports the social, emotional, and academic needs of students. Amber has been instrumental in the pre-implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) by sharing effective strategies for behavioral support. Amber said the best part of her job is the look on a student’s face when he/she learns something new; knowing her class is a place where students feel safe; when former students come back to visit; and her amazing co-workers.