Garden Grove Unified School District launched its Employee of the Month recognition program in September and received more than 200 nominations from students, parents, and staff. The 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. Employees of the month are recognized at a Board of Education meeting and their photos are displayed in the district office lobby.
Our Classified Employee of the Month is Elizabeth Flickinger, or Betty as she is known by her colleagues and friends. Betty joined the district in 2000, and has held many positions, including Food Service Worker, Noon Duty Supervisor, Substitute Clerk, and School Testing Assistant. Since 2007, she has worked at Garden Grove High School as Attendance Office Clerk II. Betty said what she loves most about her job are the amazing students and staff she has the pleasure of working with every day. She was nominated for this award by a colleague who said "Betty treats everyone with respect and kindness and always has a smile on her face. She makes everyone feel welcome and provides great service to students, staff, and parents."
The Certificated Employee of the Month for January is David Joseph, a music teacher at Pacifica High School. David is in his 15th year with the district, serving as a music teacher at Rancho Alamitos High School from 2000 through 2004 and at Pacifica High School since 2007. His favorite part of the job is….his students. He enjoys working with students and watching their growth as vocalists and young people. David was nominated for this recognition by one of his students who had this to say, "During my sophomore year, my father passed away and Mr. Joseph would check up on me and regularly gave me advice when he saw that I was having a hard time dealing with the situation. With the power of music, he helped me kick some bad habits and helped bring out the singer in me."