June 2018 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.

Dayna Burt


Dayna joined the district in 2005, serving as an instructional aide at Excelsior Elementary, a School Office Clerk II at Garden Grove High School and now as the School Secretary at Ralston Intermediate School since 2013.  She was nominated for this recognition by a parent who said Dayna provides the very best service, goes out of her way to get answers to questions, and always calls parents back on the same day.  When this parent was facing personal hardship, Dayna helped connect her to the McKinney Vento program, which provided her with life-changing assistance.  The parent said that Dayna helped make her daughter’s eighth grade year memorable and she wanted to nominate Dayna for this recognition because of her amazing results in helping others. Dayna said what she loves most about her job is the daily interaction with students, parents, and staff. She said working at a school is very rewarding, especially knowing you are making a difference in people’s lives.

Kimberly Escobar


Kimberly has been a teacher at Heritage Elementary School for 23 years and is currently teaching first grade.  Her principal Michelle Pinchot said Kimberly is dedicated to Heritage families and community members.  She spearheaded a Family Night named Bingo for Books that was responsible for providing thousands of books to the school and community.  Recently she organized the first STEM Night at Heritage which gave families the opportunity to participate in coding, robotics, science, engineering, and learn more about the school’s conversion into the district’s first Computer Science Immersion Academy.  Kimberly leads the way in technology integration and always jumps in to try new tools to benefit student learning.  She puts her students first and always makes decisions that allow students to grow and flourish in all content areas.  Most notably she is beloved and respected by everyone on the school campus.  Kimberly said what she loves most about her job is working with great colleagues, learning new things, and teaching students who are excited to learn.