December 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.
Stephanie joined the district in 2004 as an assistant principal at Alamitos Intermediate. She served at McGarvin and Lake intermediate schools and has been assistant principal at Pacifica High School since 2013. Principal Steve Osborne said Stephanie is the compassionate and energetic face of Pacifica. She writes the weekly e-newsletter which Pacifica parents love. The Latinos Unidos and Korean Parents Association express gratitude for her involvement in creating and leading these important parent groups. She is also centrally involved in implementing Instructional Leadership Days, School Site Council and the shared writing of the Single School Plan. She contributes greatly to the positive culture on campus! Stephanie is a valuable and trusted member on the administrative team whose leadership skills shine in crisis situations. She is also known to support those students who need extra help connecting to the school community! Stephanie said she loves being supportive of students, treating them as if they were her own. She enjoys being the cheerleader that supports struggling students, teaching them that with hard work, they can turn things around to find success. She also enjoys teaching students to be kind to themselves because success comes in many forms. She is overjoyed when students realize they are stronger than they ever thought possible. The lessons she cherishes most are those taught to her by her students.
David joined the district in 1998 as a part-time custodian at Lincoln Education Center and was promoted to head custodian at Cook Elementary in 2001. He was nominated for this recognition by a parent who said that David knows every child and every parent by first name and that he truly cares about making the children feel safe. She said, “As a parent, my mind is at ease every day knowing that David would do anything for the well-being of my children. He has remained extremely professional and respectful for the past 15 years that my family has gone to Cook.” Principal Sandi Ishii said he gives the morning start a sense of family and leaves the staff, students, and parents with a positive feeling. He typically starts the day telling others, ‘Remember the word for the day today is fabulous.’” She said the students adore him. David said his favorite thing about his job is greeting the students and families each day. He was inspired professionally by the difference a custodian at Excelsior made on him while he was growing up, taking him under his wing, and helping him form friendships with other students at recess.