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Walnut Valley Applauds 2013 Retirees

NEWS                                                                                   Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  880 S. Lemon Avenue
May 17, 2013                                                                       Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204
Walnut Valley Applauds 2013 Retirees

WALNUT, CA--The Walnut Valley Unified School District honored to the 2013 retirees during a ceremony held May 15.

A total of 21 employees including administrators, teachers, and classified personnel, were recognized for their years of outstanding dedication to students during the ceremony held at the District Education Center.

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Kathy Granger co-hosted the event with Director of Educational Services Jackie Brown.

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

Board President Helen Hall addressed the retirees on beginning the next phase in their lives.

“Chapter Two is about doing the things that you really enjoy doing,” she said.

“We look at retirement as a step into the future with time to enjoy family and the things that you want to do. So whatever your Chapter Two might be – just enjoy it.  Thank you for all of the service you have given the District. We truly appreciate it and come back and see us sometime!” she said.

Congratulations to the following retiring staff members:

Dr. Dean Conklin Superintendent
Louis Ayala – Grounds Maintenance Worker I, Maintenance, Operations & Grounds
Cindy Benavides Lead Career Vocational Assistant, Diamond Bar High
Yolanda Bernal Library Media Technician II, Castle Rock Elementary
Liz DickersonTeacher, Collegewood Elementary School
Paulette FeeneyTeacher, Walnut High School
Lynn FujimotoTeacher, Westhoff Elementary School
Larry Holmes Teacher, Walnut High School
Teresa JesseInstructional Aide II Special Education, Diamond Bar High
Linda JohnsonP.E. Teacher, Educational Services
Vicki MartinezChild Care Attendant II, Child Care Department
Christy McCabe - Teacher, Quail Summit Elementary
Fernando Modesto Accounting Assistant II, Fiscal Services
Barbara MortonLibrary Media Technician II, Collegewood Elementary
Patsy OronozBus Driver, Transportation Department
Rosemary Quiros – Library Media Technician II, Westhoff Elementary
Chuck RitcheyIrrigation System Mechanic, Maintenance, Operation & Grounds
Donna Snider Teacher – Quail Summit Elementary School
Martha Toribio Collegewood Elementary
Dr. Don Trimmer Principal, Evergreen Elementary
Anjani ZaveriInstruction Aide Bilingual/Bicultural, Diamond Bar High


Walnut High School Instructional Dean Larry Holmes with Board President Helen Hall listens to his tribute. 

Quail Summit teacher Christy McCabe enjoys her tribute read by Dr. Kathy Granger, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. 

Child Care Attendant II Vicki Martinez listens to her tribute during the retirement recognition held on May 15. 

Collegewood teacher Liz Dickerson listens as to her tribute read by Director of Educational Programs Jackie Brown. Also shown: Dr. Kathy Granger. 

Liz Dickerson, Paulette Feeney, Lynn Fujimoto, Larry Holmes, Teresa Jesse, Linda Johson, Vicki Martinez, Christy McCabe, Patsy Oronoz, Rosemary Quiros, Martha Toribo, Dr. Don Trimmer, and Anjani Zaveri. 

The Board of Trustees presented certificates and gifts to each honoree. Shown: Board President Helen Hall presents Dr. Don Trimmer with a Certificate of Recognition during the ceremony held on May 15. 

Superintendent Dr. Dean Conklin with Board President Helen Hall as Dr. Kathy Granger reads his retirement tribute.