March 2023 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.

Beth Farnell


Our Classified Employee of the Month is Beth Farnell who joined the district in 1999 as a Substitute Noon Duty Supervisor and has since served as a Noon Duty Supervisor at Enders Elementary School, a School Office Clerk I at Carrillo Elementary School and has been the Elementary School Secretary at Hazard Elementary School since 2012. Beth was nominated for this recognition by a parent who said that Beth is always smiling, and always willing to help. Staff, parents and students ALL appreciate Beth for her huge heart, dedication to the school, and exceptional customer service to anyone and everyone who needs support! Beth is a tremendous asset to the Hazard community.

Maria Ureno


Our Certificated Employee of the Month is Maria Ureno who joined the district in 2015 serving at Ralston Intermediate School for a short time before moving to Santiago as a high school counselor where she’s been ever since. Ms. Ureno was nominated for this recognition by a student who said she has helped countless students plan for their futures and provided valuable guidance that helps students accomplish their goals and dreams. The student said Ms. Ureno always has a positive attitude and clearly loves her job! She also helped spearhead the implementation of Santiago’s Early College Academy and has walked alongside students, supporting them as they earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Thanks to her support, our first cohort of Santiago High School students will graduate high school with 42 college credits under their belt.