November 2019 Employees of the Month

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.

Theresa Miguel


Theresa joined the district in 2004 as a teacher at Brookhurst Elementary. With the exception of one year at Carver, Theresa has spent the majority of her time in GGUSD at Marshall Elementary and currently teaches fifth grade.  She was nominated for this award by a colleague who said that Theresa epitomizes what it means to create a warm and welcoming classroom, and said Theresa dedicates her own time to writing cards to every single student and mailing them to their houses. She is known for her positive outlook and enthusiastic support for students, parents, and colleagues. She also models the philosophy of being a lifelong learner, serving as a demo teacher, a pilot teacher, a master teacher, and serving as a member of the school’s leadership team as well as on district consults.  Theresa said, “My absolute favorite thing about my job is my students. They are what motivate me and continue to drive my passion for this profession. There is nothing greater than being able to positively impact the lives of children, watch them achieve their goals, empower them to be the best version of themselves, and have a joy for learning.”

Tammy Starr


Tammy joined the district in 1995 serving GGUSD for nearly 25 years as a school office clerk, school secretary, assistant buyer, buyer, and now purchasing supervisor. It’s not surprising that she is described as an extremely hard worker, and the first person people go to when they are having a bad day.  She is often sought out for advice or a listening ear, providing kindness and compassion to everyone around her. When a co-worker was in between places to live, Tammy offered her home without hesitation and she consistently goes out of her way to help people in need. Tammy says she can’t describe how proud she is to be part of GGUSD. She and her children are homegrown, and now her grandsons attend Barker Elementary.  She said it didn’t take her long before knowing she wanted to be part of this family that truly cares about the students and their community.  She said, “I have met so many wonderful people the past 25 years that I now consider my true family. I have experienced the best of both worlds, working at school sites and the district office.  I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I’m truly blessed to work for such an amazing district.”