2021 PYLUSD Employees of the Year Announced

On February 18, 2021, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) announced its Employees of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year.

These nine employees were nominated by one or more of their colleagues or supervisors, who detailed the outstanding contributions they provide to the district that go above and beyond. The nominating individual also described how the candidate demonstrates the district’s four core values–excellence, collaboration, integrity and innovation.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to congratulate all nine of our devoted Employees of the Year,” shared Superintendent Dr. James Elsasser. “Despite the unique times our local community, school district, and global society have faced this past year, these individuals have continued to embody the spirit of our organization’s mission, vision, and core values. I am so proud of their unwavering dedication to serving students, families, and colleagues in their unique certificated, classified, and management roles. They are the heart and soul of our great school district.”

PYLUSD has a long-standing tradition of surprising its Employees of the Year at their school sites or departments. On Thursday, February 18, the district’s executive leadership team went out on a modified version of “Prize Patrol” to honor this year’s winners. The winners are as follows:


Deborah Myers
Glenknoll Elementary School
Teacher of the Year
D Myers.

Leslie Poling
Valadez Middle School Academy
Teacher of the Year
L Poling.

Alyson Dixon
Valencia High School
Teacher of the Year
A Dixon.


Victor Gonzalez
Plant Coordinator
Sierra Vista Elementary School
Classified Employee of the Year
V Gonzalez.

Ann Kennedy
Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT)
Woodsboro Elementary School
Classified Employee of the Year
A Kennedy.

Janette Petersen
Nutrition Services Senior Lead
El Dorado High School
Classified Employee of the Year
J Petersen.


Gina Aguilar
Esperanza High School
Certificated Manager of the Year
G Aguilar.

Tanya Calabrese
Kraemer Middle School
Certificated Manager of the Year
T Calabrese.

Jeremy Powell
Chief Technology Officer
Technology Department, PYLUSD
Classified Manager of the Year
J Powell.

The nine Employees of the Year also received a gift card courtesy of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union and a plaque from the district to help commemorate their special achievement. The district is very grateful for the continued partnership and support of SchoolsFirst.

The district would also like to thank all Employee of the Year nominees for the work they do every day to prepare each and every PYLUSD student for success now and in the future. PYLUSD has the absolute best and most caring employees, so the task of making this final selection was very difficult.

Be on the lookout for the district’s pictures and videos surprising Employees of the Year during the “Prize Patrol” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube in the near future!
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