Nevada County’s Classified School Employees of the Year Honored

Pictured left to right: Karen Montre, GVSD; Kim Boundy, UHSD; Erin Riley, TRESD; Al Rivera, PVUESD; Annie Hestbeck, NJUHSD; Liz Randall, PRUSD; Gail Beitz, NCSD; not pictured, Valerie Jones, Forest Charter/NCSOS.

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. May 17, 2018 – Each year the California Department of Education promotes a program to honor classified employees that culminates during Classified School Employee Week, May 20-26, 2018. This year seven Nevada County school districts and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools each chose a Classified School Employee of the Year (CSEY). These fine people represent the contributions of classified school employees who support the education of California’s public school students in preschool through grade twelve. The goal of the program is to identify exemplary classified school employees in the categories of: Child Nutrition; Maintenance, Operations, & Facilities; Office & Technical; Para-educator & Instructional Assistance; Support Services & Security; and, Transportation. Each person selected goes above and beyond the call of duty; many are life-long learners in order to better serve the school population.

Through a panel of judges and the California Department of Education guidelines, the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office is allowed to send one person from each category to the State level as a county-wide Employee of the Year, to be considered as a California State Classified Employee of the Year. Nevada County’s Countywide Classified Employees of the Year are Annie Hestbeck – Para-Educator & Instructional Assistance; Al Rivera – Maintenance, Operations & Facilities; and Gail Beitz – Office & Technical.

County Superintendent of Schools Scott W. Lay and School District Superintendents express their heartfelt appreciation for the dedicated work that classified employees perform behind the scenes and in the classroom for the betterment of Nevada County students. The following school employees were honored with this special recognition for school year 2017-18:

Office & Technical

  • Gail Beitz ~ Deer Creek School, NCSD

    • Also Countywide Employee of the Year

  • Karen Montre ~ District Office, GVSD

  • Valerie Jones ~ Forest Charter/NCSOS

  • Kim Boundy – Union Hill School, UHSD

Para-Educator & Instructional Assistance

  • Annie Hestbeck ~ Nevada Union High School, NJUHSD

    • Also Countywide Employee of the Year

Maintenance, Operations and Facilities

  • Al Rivera ~ Ready Springs and Williams Ranch Schools, PVUESD

    • Also Countywide Employee of the Year

  • Liz Randall ~ District Office, PRUSD

Child Nutrition

  • Erin Riley ~ Grizzly Hill School, TRESD