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GPS Employees of the Year Finalists for 2019–2020
Gilbert Public Schools values our staff as our greatest asset and honor excellence in all employee classifications at our annual Employees of the Year event. This celebratory event focuses on the roles that all GPS employees individually and collectively play in providing the highest quality learning and working environment for our students, staff, and community.
Gilbert Public Schools is delighted to announce our nine finalists for the upcoming 2019–2020 Employees of the Year awards! Dr. Shane McCord and his team visited our schools and departments on January 28th to surprise the finalists.
2019–2020 Teacher of the Year Finalists
Left to right: Charlene Fujino, Gilbert High School | Angelo Martins, Mesquite Elementary School | Alexis Mason, South Valley Junior High School
Charlene Fujino, Gilbert High School
“Char Fujino is an outstanding educator. She inspires her students to achieve their very best. As a math teacher, her students routinely come to her for help, even in later years when she is no longer their scheduled teacher. Students feel safe with her and know they will not be judged, only helped. She will always pursue a positive outcome for students, family and staff members. She cares deeply for her colleagues, and it shows in all she does for our campus community.”
Angelo Martins, Mesquite Elementary School
“Mr. Angelo Martins does a phenomenal job of being a creative teacher. He not only has down the science of teaching, he displays the art of the profession as well. He inspires a love of learning in his students on a daily basis. He is the teacher every child wants to have and every parent wants their child to have. He sets high expectations and his students achieve them. He makes learning relevant and he challenges his students to do their very best.”
Alexis Mason, South Valley Junior High School
“Alexis Mason is one of the most innovative, creative, dedicated, caring and inspiring teachers I have had the pleasure of working with. I have heard students say “I wish I could stay in this class all day”, “This is my favorite class”, and “I can’t believe I did this myself!”. Her room is a buzz of critical thinking and problem solving as students engage in hands-on activities and challenges. She inspires me each day and makes me a better teacher!”
2019–2020 Support Staff Finalists
Left to right: Kiem Allison, Nutrition Services | Vicki Haro, Highland High School | Kevin Moeller, Highland Junior High School
Kiem Allison, Nutrition Services
“Kiem inspires me to be the best I can. She is a loving person who is welcoming to all. She constantly looks for ways to do better and improve processes. She is generous of her time and talent. Kiem inspires me to connect with others and her generosity translates in everything she does, whether she speaks to her staff, colleagues, parents or students. Once you have met Kiem, you have found a friend!”
Vicki Haro, Highland High School
“Vicki has been making the impossible possible since day one. She should be the spokesperson for Excellent Customer Service! She consistently goes above and beyond what would typically be expected of her position. She always shows how much she cares for the culture at Highland. This genuine concern is a contagious feeling that has always made me proud to coach at Highland. When Vicki retires, she will leave a big hole not only at her job but in our hearts.”
Kevin Moeller, Highland Junior High School
“Kevin inspires others to connect, create and care by example. He is always seen creating a campus that is safe, functioning and clean for everyone. He is readily available and works tirelessly to make sure our campus is the best that it can be. As a teacher, I feel that Kevin is always available to get what I need to be able to do my best in my classroom.”
2019–2020 Administrator Finalists
Left to right: Albert Dutchover, Operations | Thea Hansen, Carol Rae Elementary School | Ryan Nelson, Technology Services
Albert Dutchover, Operations
“Albert has always shown the up-most respect to all his staff and everyone he comes in contact with. He always finds the positive in every situation. He inspires others by being considerate and willing to listen and motivates others to care for the things they do. His commitment is like no other; he is always making sure everything is operating in a timely manner and is willing to help in any way he can.”
Thea Hansen, Carol Rae Elementary School
“Thea is always trying to think of new ways to motivate students. She does not focus only on test scores, but also recognizes if someone does something extraordinary. Thea is always visible on campus. She wants everyone who comes here to feel welcome. She genuinely cares about the wellbeing of her staff and students and ensures everyone is acknowledged for doing their part to make Carol Rae the wonderful school it is. It is things like that that make Thea such a wonderful leader."
Ryan Nelson, Technology Services
“Ryan is well respected by his peers for his consistent approach in how he handles himself and his expectations to do a great job. He is always willing to take on projects with a smile, knowing he is helping the district. Mr. Nelson serves as an example to others by showing he cares by his consistent follow-up and positive communications. This selfless attitude makes him a great team player and an asset to not only Technology Services but GPS.“
The Gilbert Public Schools Teacher, Support Staff and Administrator of the Year winners will be announced at the annual banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Thursday, April 23, 2020.