May 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.
Andrea has been with GGUSD for 28 years, she spent 24 years teaching third through sixth grade at Northcutt, and has been at Barker for the last four years where she teaches first grade. She was nominated for this recognition by several parents who commended her for always, always having a smile on her face, showing immense care and compassion for her students, volunteering for every school event, communicating with parents with a post card to incoming students and frequent updates throughout the year, and challenging her students to do their very best. Andrea had this to say about being a teacher, “teaching is not an easy job, but I'm completely certain it is the best and most rewarding. No two days are the same, and each day you have the chance to make a difference. There are those lightbulb moments that we get to witness when a student understands a difficult concept for the first time. It's the proud moments when a struggling student overcomes a hurdle and his/her own peers recognize it, clap, and offer congratulations. It's the heartwarming moments when you hear students talk to each other using words that have been modeled in class. The knowledge that they're growing academically and personally is a feeling beyond compare. Through the years I've met colleagues who have become lifelong friends. Whenever I'm in a room filled with my fellow GGUSD teachers, I'm inspired by the level of dedication, passion, creativity, and commitment to do what's best for "their children." It's a genuine reminder that teaching is so much more than a job. It's a calling.”
Diana joined the district in 2015, serving as part-time school office clerk I at Fitz Intermediate School until 2017, when she was promoted to school office clerk II at Alamitos, where she currently works as the Attendance Clerk. Diana’s favorite thing about her job is the interaction she is able to have with the students and their families. She said, “the connections I’ve made with students and their families have been very rewarding.” Diana was nominated for this recognition by a parent who had this to say about her, “Ms. Macias is an amazing person. She makes me feel welcome every time I come into the office. She works with me to help me understand my student’s needs, and when I don’t understand something, I feel like I can talk to her and get my answers right away. She goes above and beyond to help my child feel safe.”