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Employee Recognition

Employee of the Month

The purpose of the employee recognition program is to promote a greater appreciation of the District’s employees and to publicly honor specific employees for outstanding service which directly or indirectly contributes to students in the Alameda Unified School District. Each month recipients are publicly recognized by the Board of Education.  A certificate signed by the President of the Board of Education and the Superintendent of schools is presented to the persons selected.  Persons selected have their picture on display in the District office for the school year.  All winners have appropriate documentation of the award entered into their personnel file.

* *The Employee of the Month Nomination form can be found on the District's Sharepoint under HR.




Teacher of the Year

2018 Teacher of the Year 

The deadline for nominations was February 2, 2018. Please stay tuned for our announcement about the winner and finalists later this spring!


2017 Teacher of the Year

Kevin Gorham, who has been teaching in AUSD for 19 years, was chosen for his ability to engage and support his students, as well as his leadership in creating a broadcast media program at Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School. For more information about Mr. Gorham, please see this press release.  



Prior Winners


Pam Curtis 1988 Sue Enger 1997 Terri Elkin 2006
Karen Guthrie 1989 Mary Dierking  1998 Dr. Barry Arberton 2007
Joel Baum 1990 Rufina "Ping" Mejia  1999 Brian Rodriguez 2008
Teri Olsen 1991 Roxanne LeBlanc 2000 Roberta Rockwell 2009
Nancy Phillipsen 1992 Kristi Hanelt 2001 John Nolan   2010

Robert Ruark


Robert Siltanen


 Liza Young

Jim Peters 1994 Nancy Steimle 2003 Chris Hansen 2012
James Richard 1995 Gwen Wade Stephens 2004 Tracy Corbally 2013
Linda McCluskey 1996 Anselmo Rios  2005 Michael Lamb 2014
        John Dalton 2015
        Amanda Cline 2016

Classified Employee of the Year 2018

AUSD is currently accepting nominations for the state's Classified School Employee of the Year program. Nominations go first to the school district, which then chooses nominees to send to the Alameda County Office of Education. The county office, in turn, sends nominations to the California Department of Education (CDE).

You can nominate classified AUSD employees in the following five categories:

  • Child Nutrition (e.g., food service employees)
  • Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities (e.g., custodians and tradespeople)
  • Office and Technical (e.g., school site secretaries and office managers)
  • Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance (e.g., paraprofessionals and teacher assistants)
  • Support Services and Security (e.g., campus supervisors, payroll technicians, student services assistants)

(The state also takes nominees for a sixth category, Transportation, but AUSD has no staff working in that category.)

You can download the appropriate forms below. Please note that each nominee requires three recommendations, as described in the instructionsOnce those arefilled out, please send them to Humera Khalil, at hkhalil@alamedaunified.org. The deadline for submitting nominations to the district is 5 pm, February 23, 2018.


Nominee Information

Nominee Recommendation (three required)