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SLUSD Names Teacher, Classified, and Leadership Employees of the Year

Classified Employees of the Year

Certificated Employees of the Year

Every year the San Leandro Unified School District recognizes exemplary employees nominated for this distinction by their peers.

This year the district has named the following staff for recognition:

SLUSD Teacher of the Year: Sean Cavanaugh, Wilson Elementary, 3rd-grade

SLUSD Classified Employee of the Year: Claudia Costa, John Muir Middle, administrative assistant

SLUSD Leadership Employee of the Year: Lynda Hornada, Garfield Elementary, Principal

Some of the comments from their peers that led to these well-deserved awards include:

Sean Cavanaugh is consistently the kindest, most supportive, and professional colleague! When I think of who embodies the core values of our school and our district, I think of Sean. He is such an incredible leader at our school and takes on many more roles than just classroom teaching. He is a remarkable role model for our whole community, and I admire him so much!

Claudia Costa is one of the most essential, helpful, and kind people at John Muir. She is responsive to all members of the community and works tirelessly to help any and all who ask. She is an excellent example of a John Muir Falcon who stands up, stands strong, and stands together.

Lynda Hornada led our site with compassion and integrity during one of the most challenging periods in public education. She truly cares for the students, families, and employees at Garfield. She is simply the best.

The following employees were also nominated by their peers for recognition of teacher and classified employee of the year of their site:

2021-2022 School Site Winners
Garfield Elementary School
Teacher: Neema McCockran
Classified: Norma Alonzo
Washington Elementary School
Teacher: Yadira Silva
Classified: Daniel Leslie
Jefferson Elementary School
Teacher: Guadalupe Gomez
Classified: Gloria Fernandez
Wilson Elementary School
Teacher: Sean Cavanaugh*
Classified: Peggy Herrera
Madison Elementary School
Teacher: Julia Chivers & Alice Pegram
Classified:  Dennesie De La Cuesta
Bancroft Middle School
Teacher: Tina Kuang
Classified: Faye Gipson
McKinley Elementary School
Teacher: Mark Klinedinst
Classified: Elaine Tesorero & Georgette Jackson
John Muir Middle School
Teacher: Mycel Jacob
Classified: Claudia Costa*
Monroe Elementary School
Teacher: Glenn Brodeur
Classified: Rebecca Jauregui
San Leandro High School
Teacher: Lori Sasaki and Fawnya Neff
Classified: Maria Esparza
Roosevelt Elementary School
Teacher:  Debbie Dodd
Classified: Laura Ordonez
Lincoln High School
Teacher: Josh Kampling
Classified: Maria Carvalho

*district winner

SLUSD will be honoring all nominees throughout May when each week will focus on one of the essential units of the organization. See below for details on the SLUSD distinction weeks:

May 2-6, 2022 – Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2-6, 2022 – School Nutrition Employees Week (May 6 is School Lunch Hero Day!)

May 6-12, 2022 – National Nurses Week & School Nurses Day

May 15-21, 2022 – Classified School Employee Week

May 23-27, 2022 – Management Employees Week


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