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Hip Hip Hurray!

May 22, 2019

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources


WALNUT, CA--The Walnut Valley Unified School District honored to the 2019 retirees during a reception held May 15.


A total of 41 employees including administrators, teachers, and classified personnel were recognized for outstanding dedication to students during the ceremony.


Each honoree received certificates of recognition, retirement gifts, and heartfelt congratulations from the Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.


Congratulations to the following retiring staff members: Janice Aieta – Teacher, Suzanne Middle School; Mary Anderson – Nutrition Service Supervisor, Chaparral Middle School; Linda Armes – Secretary II, Facilities/Civic Center; Jackie Brown – Director of Educational Programs/Assessments, Educational Services; Maria Cabrera – Instructional Aide II, Vejar Elementary; Tony Chu – Instructional Aide II, Diamond Bar High; Han Chung – Instructional Aide II, South Pointe Middle School; Mona Daher – Nutrition Service Worker, Diamond Bar High; Patricia Dillon – Instructional Aide III, Walnut High; Joyce Edwards – Bus Driver, Transportation; Robert Flores – Electronics Technician, MOTF; Yadira Gostel – School Administrative Assistant, Vejar Elementary; Cindy Grissom – Teacher; Walnut Elementary; Barbaro  (Bob) Guia Lage – Custodian I, Chaparral Middle School; Betsy Hale – Teacher, Collegewood Elementary; Mary Hamilton – Speech Language Pathologist, Diamond Bar High; Maria Hernandez – Nutrition Service Worker, Walnut High; Dr. Donna Hunter – Principal, Ron Hockwalt Academies; Alejandro Ingkom – Nutrition Service Worker, Evergreen Elementary; Nina Jablonsky – Instructional Aide II, Walnut High; Karen Jenson – Teacher, Walnut High; Rae Sook Kim – Teacher, Maple Hill Elementary; Nan Kirkeby – Teacher, Diamond Bar High; Janet Kobzeff – Instructional Aide II, Special Education; Jayne Knight – Teacher, Collegewood Elementary; Brad Kunz – Electronics Technician, MOTF; Hyun In Lee – Teacher, Diamond Bar High; Judy Marinez – Office Assistant, Westhoff Elementary; Bonnie Manuel – Teacher, Collegewood Elementary; Lourdes Martinez – Nutrition Service Worker, Walnut High; Paul McLaughlin – Teacher, Walnut High; Carole Mead – Teacher, C.J. Morris Elementary; Shirley Moss – Teacher, Walnut Elementary; Matthew Quinn – Psychologist, Special Education; Greg Rochford – Teacher, Chaparral Middle School; Magdalena Rodarte – Child Care Assistant, Child Care Program; Debbie Sinopoli – Attendance Clerk, Walnut High; Lynne Stark – Teacher, Evergreen Elementary; Brenda Stone – Teacher, Vejar Elementary; Lauren Swanberg – Teacher, South Pointe Middle School; Gale Taylor – Library Media Technician, South Pointe Middle School; and Rita Vidal – Nutrition Service Supervisor – Diamond Bar High.


Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Matthew Witmer and Administrative Director of Human Resources Dr. Danny Kim co-hostedthe event.


“Thank you for your dedicated service to our Walnut Valley students and good luck in your next chapter!” Witmer said.



Hip Hip Hurray! Congratulations to the 2019 Walnut Valley USD retirees.


Superintendent Dr. Taylor and Trustees honor Walnut High math teacher Paul McLaughlin, who is retiring with 30 years of service. Paul is also a 2004 California Teacher of the Year.


Trustees applaud bus driver Joyce Edwards who is retiring with 28 years of service.


Walnut Valley USD honored the 2019 retirees during a May 15 reception.  Shown: Director Jackie Brown with Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor and Trustees Cindy Ruiz, Layla Abou-Taleb, Dr. Tony Torng, and Helen Hall


Vejar Elementary School Administrative Assistant Yadira Gostel receives recognition for 20 years of service.