Santa Barbara County Office of Education Names 2021 Crystal Apple Educator Award Recipients | School zone
Posted on May 30, 2021
The Santa Barbara County Office of Education (SBCEO) announced the 10 recipients of the 2021 Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union Crystal Apple Educator Awards, which were honored at the Virtual Celebration of Education on May 27 .
Crystal Apple winners are selected for their dedication, educational and motivational skills, ability to challenge and inspire students, and their ability to meaningfully engage with students, staff, and community members.
“It is an honor to celebrate the important contributions of our distinguished recipients of the Crystal Apple Award,” said Susan Salcido, Superintendent of Schools for Santa Barbara County. “Through their compassion, persistence and effort, these 10 people inspire and impact students in Santa Barbara County. .
“It is our privilege to recognize each recipient with this distinctive award.”
“We are proud to shine the spotlight on teachers, administrators and support staff by sponsoring the Crystal Apple program in partnership with SBCEO,” said Roy McLaughlin, CEO of the Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union. an exceptional educational experience.
Below are the 2021 award winners, along with a quote from one of the nominees.
»Category Certified Support Providers
Emily Schwab, Speech-Language Pathologist and Speech-Language Pathologist, Monroe Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
“Not only is Emily charismatic, fun and great with kids, she’s exceptional at her job,” said Sally DeLyser, special education teacher. “Specializing in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), Emily uses a variety of high and low-tech devices to help nonverbal students find their voice.
“To say that she is a pleasure to work with would be a huge understatement. She changes lives every day and does it all with a smile on her face.”
Rosy Bucio, Behavior Specialist, Santa Ynez Valley Consortium, Santa Barbara County SELPA
“Rosy is quite honestly the ‘best in the West’ when it comes to supporting students with challenging behaviors,” said colleague Misty Sedehi. “Not only is her experience unmatched, but the way in which she is able to communicate the unique behavioral needs of students. to an IEP team is amazing.
“Rosy is extremely relational, she builds strong bonds with the students, parents and staff she works with. She gets the job done and puts 200% of herself into every student she supports.”
»Primary teacher category
Mari Callahan, fourth grade teacher at Cold Spring School in the Cold Spring School District
“I could write pages about how Mari inspired my son through his reluctant writing phase to become a confident and prolific author. Or how his teaching developed his number sense to be a more effective mathematician than either of his parents, ”said colleague and parent Jean Gradias.
“These academic achievements are important. But the value she places on becoming empathetic, mindful and motivated to help others is what makes her so worthy of this award,” she said.
Elizabeth Tymn, K / 1 teacher, Pine Grove School, Orcutt Union School District
“Ms. Tymn ticks all the boxes of a great educator. Engaging, prepared, knowledgeable. But she is much more than a teacher,” said mother Ashley Machgan. “Parents describe her as a leader, a confidante, a mediator, a nanny, a protector, a supporter and a cheerleader.
“She is welcoming to everyone and leads her class with an incredible attitude towards kindness and respect for everyone.”
»Secondary teacher category
Sherri Bryan, Teacher Librarian, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
“(She) inspired me to diversify and push myself more than any other adult,” said Monse Z., a senior. “He’s an important and respected figure on campus; every student has positive things to say about them.
“She makes campus a better place with her in-depth knowledge in many areas as well as her bright personality.”
Rebecca Ingrahm, Technical Vocational Training Teacher, Maple Secondary School, Lompoc Unified School District
“The days we showed her we weren’t interested in learning, she wouldn’t give up on us. Instead, she tried innovative new ways to inspire us. You see, some of us never made it in school. In her classes, we started to feel that we had potential, ”said student Samantha C.
“I didn’t want to be successful until I met this teacher. I started to believe in myself and take life seriously once I started this school and got this teacher. She reminded us that we are smart and have so much potential, but we have to work hard to become the best.
“She’s smart and sets a great example for all of us. Without her I wouldn’t be doing all the amazing things I do.”
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Carrie Alvarado, Office Director, Ellwood School, Goleta Union School District
“Carrie is best described as Superwoman,” said director Ned Schoenwetter. “Not only does she run the school’s front office like a well-oiled machine, but she’s the go-to person for all staff, students and parents. In fact, she’s the one who all the other office managers. school district turn when they have questions or need advice.
“We feel very lucky to be able to work with such a wonderful person.”
Paloma Guerrero-Rubio, paraprofessional, Taylor School, SBCEO Special Day School
“In our program at Taylor Preschool SDC we have a lot of students who have pretty serious everyday behavior problems; Paloma works with genuine exemplary compassion, guiding them through daily routines and always mindful of their safety for themselves and other students, ”said colleague Cathy Jordan.
“We have faced a lot of staff challenges this year, and I can say Paloma has been the anchor that has kept our program together,” she said. “The candidate exudes dedication, a strong work ethic and, most importantly, her positive attitude that does not complain, even when there is a lot to complain about.
“Her humble dedication to her professional duties and her patience with our students left a lasting impression on me, and she inspired me to be more consistently patient and compassionate with our most difficult students.
“It is a real joy to work with him, a true model for other paraprofessionals, and I do not see a better candidate to receive this award.”
Anne Hubbard, Hope Primary School District
“Dr. Anne Hubbard leads our district with an integrity that reflects the way she lives her life, “said Nancy Lorenzen, former principal of Monte Vista School.” It is impossible to separate the heart and the compassion it brings to everyone. .
“Anne doesn’t save her best and most caring being just for her family; she shares her best and most caring with everyone in her life. She knows the stories of most of our students, especially those who are struggling.
“Anne’s compassion shows no bounds. She emanates from her heart and shines upon everyone in her presence. I cannot imagine anyone as deserving of the Crystal Apple Award as Dr. Anne Hubbard.”
John Karbula, (retired) Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, Lompoc Unified School District
“The first thing that comes to my mind when working with John is the phrase ‘how can we support you and your students,’ said former colleague Paul Bommersbach.
“As the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, he meets frequently with his site administrators and district support staff to ensure that the focus remains on the needs of the student in the classroom and that the funding should be used where it affects the most students, ”said Bommersbach.
“Even though he’s not in a classroom, student success is still the goal, so he continually reminds us of that as we look at our site’s budget,” he said.