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Walnut Valley Honors Classified Employees

NEWS                                                                                       Walnut Valley Unified School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       880 S. Lemon Avenue

February 13, 2016                                                                    Walnut, CA 91789



Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources

(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204


Walnut Valley Honors Classified Employees

Joanne Taylor tapped as classified employee of the year

WALNUT, CA- The Walnut Valley Unified School District recognized a dozen outstanding employees during the 17th Annual “A Class Act” Cornerstone Awards on February 4 at the Pomona Valley Mining Company.

The Cornerstone Award recognizes exemplary classified (non-teaching) employees who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” in providing outstanding customer service to the District and community.

Congratulation to the following 2015 Cornerstone Award honorees: Joanne Taylor, Secretary II - Diamond Bar High School; Susan Lotz, Custodian II-Chaparral Middle School; Christine Tse, Instructional Aide II Bicultural/Bilingual– Westhoff Elementary; Christina Herrera, Noon Aide – C.J. Morris Elementary; Noel Foly, Grounds Worker I – Diamond Bar High School; Lisa Barta, School Office Manager– Suzanne Middle School; Singing Chen, Instructional Aide II Bilingual/Bicultural– Evergreen Elementary; Jorge Romero, Custodian II – Evergreen Elementary; Dori Valdez, SIS System Support Specialist –Educational Services; Chris Torres, Campus Security Officer – Ron Hockwalt Academies; Sheila Amini, Instructional Aide Special Education – Vejar Elementary; Margie Rios, Registrar-Ron Hockwalt Academies.

“Tonight’s honorees represent the very best of our classified employees!” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor. Cornerstone Award winners were lauded with personalized tributes and gifts during the program.

Joanne Taylor was named the 2015 Classified Employee of the Year at the culmination of the event. She will now represent WVUSD in the Los Angeles County Classified Employee of the Year competition.

“I am so proud represent Walnut Valley!” Joanne said. “All of our employees put “Kids First” every day because we want to do our best to help every student succeed.”

Joanne is the go-to person for answers and her positive attitude is contagious! She brings 19 years of experience and high degree of professionalism to her role in the Guidance Office. Joanne exemplifies teamwork as she expertly organizes PSAT and CAHSEE testing, and the annual Awards Night. Secretary Lisa Krueger nominated her for the Cornerstone award.

The Walnut Valley Educational Foundation (WVEF) and WVUSD Personnel Commission co-sponsored the annual recognition event hosted by. Dr. Michelle Harold, assistant superintendent of human resources and Dr. Sergio Canal, director of human resources.

“I appreciate all of our classified employees. They are the cornerstones of our District,” said Gayle Pacheco, Personnel Commissioner and WVEF Board Member.

“Thank you to all our classified employees,” Board President Helen Hall said. “You are the true foundation for this District!”

The following sponsors provided support for the recognition ceremony: Schools First Federal Credit Union, BB&T Insurance Services, Massage Envy, Benihana Restaurant, and LifeTouch Photography.


The 2015 classified Cornerstone Award winners were honored during “A Class Act” Cornerstone Awards. Front Row: Margie Rios, Susan Lotz, Joanne Taylor, Lisa Barta, and Christina Herrera. Back Row: Jorge Romero, Noel Foly, Christina Tse, Singing Chen, and Chris Torres. 

Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor congratulations Joanne Taylor who was named the District’s 2015 Classified Employee of the Year. 

Joanne Taylor was crowned 2015 Classified Employee of the Year. Shown with Board Members Dr. Tony Torng, Helen Hall, Larry Redinger, Cindy Ruiz, and Personnel Commissioners June Wentworth, Ron Everett, and Gayle Pacheco. 

Twelve classified employees were lauded during the “Class Act” Cornerstone Awards. Shown: Diamond Bar High secretary Joanne Taylor receives award. 

Personnel Commissioners Ron Everett, June Wentworth, and Gayle Pacheco recognize Joanne Taylor as Classified Employee of the Year. 

The 2015 Cornerstone Award winners shown with Board Members Cindy Ruiz, Larry Redinger, Dr. Tony Torng, and Helen Hall, Personnel Commissioners June Wentworth, Ron Everett and Gayle Pacheco, and Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.