The Outstanding Achievement Awards Recognize District Students, Parents, and Staff
On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, the Board of Education presented the Outstanding Achievement Awards to students, parents, and staff at Cajon High School, Holcomb Elementary School, the Kendall-Harmon School complex, and Shandin Hills Middle School.
The Board recognizes Outstanding Student Award winners to build self-esteem and honor excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts, citizenship, and most improvement. The Board also presents the Outstanding Parent/Grandparent/Volunteer Award and Outstanding Employee Award to individuals who embody the District’s dedication to student achievement and well-being.
The September 20 Board meeting marked the first time since the COVID pandemic that the awards have been presented in person.
Cajon High School, Principal Teenya Bishop:
Zoe Campbell is a senior and Outstanding Student. Zoe takes so much pride in her work and always gives her best. In addition to her academic excellence, she has the most amazing personality! She is loved by the Cajon staff, and her peers look up to her. Zoe aspires to create and produce films. She plans to attend NYU, Spelman College, or Clark Atlanta University.
Jorge Ramos is a junior and Outstanding Student. In his time at Cajon, Jorge has made his mark as an award-winning member of two academic teams. He has ranked nationally in Speech & Debate since his freshman year and was named Outstanding Delegate his first year in Model UN. He’s clearly on his way to being a future leader in San Bernardino.
Outstanding Parent Award winner Micaela Escobar has been an active parent and advocate for her own child and all Cajon children, particularly in ensuring students have access to rigorous courses and the social emotional support they need to persevere and do well in those courses. Whenever Micaela sees a need, she works to develop solutions to make Cajon better.
Secretary I Tanisha Slaughter is an Outstanding Classified Employee. Tanisha’s commitment to Cajon is untouchable. When she sees a need, she is always willing to fill in the gap. She is resourceful, customer friendly, solution oriented, and adaptable. Throughout her career, she has served in different capacities, and she uses her skills to enhance the overall school program.
Outstanding Certificated Employee Roger Light develops student leaders through his rigorous auto shop program, building their skills and knowledge to run an auto repair shop for staff. Roger’s program is set to receive Silver Certification through the Linked Learning Alliance this winter, and one member of the certification team stated Roger’s auto shop is one of the best he has seen in the nation.
Holcomb Elementary School, Principal Eva Haddad:
Connor Leedom is a 1st-grader and Outstanding Student. Connor works hard and shows empathy for others both in and out of the classroom. He is always willing to patiently help those who need support, once again demonstrating kindness to others. Connor’s academics are so strong in all areas that the Holcomb team believes he can and will achieve any goal he sets for his future.
Shawn McKenzie is a 4th-grader and Outstanding Student. Shawn is a caring and kind scholar, always willing to help his teacher and classmates without being asked. He gives 100% every day and actively participates in classroom discussions. Shawn’s dream is to become an astronaut, but if that doesn’t work out, he wants to be a fireman or a police officer.
Outstanding Parent Award winner Elaheh Karimi is an active member of Holcomb’s English Language Advisory Committee. She participates and shares ideas. Staff can always count on her for support. She is a very actively engaged parent and participates in all parent events, family nights, parent workshops, and more. Elaheh is a vital member of the Holcomb team.
Secretary II Patricia “Patty” Quinonez is an Outstanding Classified Employee. Patty has a positive attitude toward her work and comes in with a smile every morning. She has a strong sense of professionalism and provides excellent customer service. She has helped create positive and lasting relationships with the Holcomb community and is a mentor and role model. Holcomb is a better place because of Patty.
Program Facilitator and International Baccalaureate Coordinator Krista Bjur is an Outstanding Certificated Employee. She is committed to always doing what is best for the Holcomb community whether she is serving as admin designee, collaborating with teachers, working with students, or any of her many assignments. She puts her heart into everything, and Holcomb is better for it.
Kendall-Harmon School complex, Principal Megan Silva:
Pre-kindergartener Kairen Brown is an Outstanding Student. Kairen is being honored for his citizenship, academics and for most improvement. He loves books and is always ready to learn something new! He takes great joy in the results of his efforts. Kairen may become a professor or scientist when he is older.
Airie Kaya Phomello is a transitional kindergartener and Outstanding Student. Airie is becoming more independent and self-sufficient. She is able to follow routines and directions and wait patiently. Airie’s communication skills have also improved significantly. Airie likes to be the teacher in class and takes the lead at circle time. It’s safe to assume she’s a future teacher.
Fifth-grader Emily Soria is an Outstanding Student. Emily is always on task and volunteers during class. She assists her classmates, even volunteering to help them at home to catch up on missing assignments. She is reading above grade level and understands all the math concepts so far. Emily would like to be an artist and attend California State University, San Bernardino.
Charles Michael Sullivan is a 5th-grader and an Outstanding Student. Charles has great hospitality skills. He has a wonderful personality, a warm smile, and is a great classroom helper. He is helpful and willing to assist all of his classmates. Charles loves pretending to be a fast food worker, so he may own his own fast food restaurant or become a fast food manager.
Eddy Garcia is the Outstanding Parent Award winner for Kendall and Harmon. Eddy is a dedicated parent and member of the Harmon School Site Council/Leadership Team. He has represented Harmon on a few District-level task force groups. His input, knowledge, and overall commitment to supporting Harmon are valued assets to the school community.
Outstanding Grandparent Janice Wall is an active member of the Kendall-Harmon community. She serves on the School Site Council and is a member of the African American Parent Advisory Committee. We admire and appreciate her commitment to Kendall and Harmon and her input, as well as her commitment to her grandchildren.
Recreation Aide Yvette Carranza is an Outstanding Classified Employee. She volunteers to provide support wherever it is needed. She assists teachers with setting up classrooms and the librarian assistant with inventorying District-issued devices. Yvette has worked collaboratively with the community to ensure the school supports families in need during the holiday season.
Randie Zamudio is an Education Assistant III–Severe Impairment and an Outstanding Classified Employee. Randie is a true team player and goes above and beyond to support her Harmon team, as well as the needs of her Kendall colleagues. When called upon to provide support with any task or event, she never hesitates and always puts in 100% effort and pride.
First-grade Inclusion Teacher Catherine Cowles is an Outstanding Certificated Employee. She has a positive passion for helping students and goes above and beyond to embody Kendall and Harmon’s vision of providing a safe, productive, and innovative learning environment for all students. Catherine takes the time to learn what each scholar needs and makes it happen.
Cecilia Quintero is a SH/SDC Special Education Preschool Teacher and an Outstanding Certificated Employee. Her positive passion drives her instruction. She celebrates her scholars’ achievements every day, and her enthusiasm is evident as soon as you enter her learning environment. Cecilia establishes positive home-school connections and families to take an active role in their scholar’s education.
Shandin Hills Middle School, Principal Victoria Flores:
Eighth-grader Bradley McGee is an Outstanding Student and the sunshine of Shandin Hills. He is always happy, respectful, caring and has a zest for life. Bradley is an exceptional individual, so it is no surprise he is being honored for his citizenship and congenial nature. For a long time, Bradley wanted to be a YouTuber, but now he is considering other options.
Ellie Negrete is a 7th-grader and an Outstanding Student. Ellie has a strong work ethic, incredible grit, and a drive to improve. She is a student athlete, and after she completes her school work, she puts that same grit and determination into her athletic journey. Ellie has a twin with exceptional needs. This drives Ellie to want to be either a special education teacher or a therapist.
Tiffanie Guinane is an Outstanding Community Member. Tiffanie is without a doubt the most encouraging individual one will ever meet. She is friendly and brings out the best in everyone she comes into contact with. She encourages not only her own child but all the students at Shandin Hills. She does not allow anyone to walk past without giving them a greeting, a hug, a word of encouragement or sound advice, and always with a huge smile. Everyone needs a Tiffanie in their life.
Secretary Debbie Turley is an Outstanding Employee and the mama Trojan. She knows what everyone needs and is always one step ahead of the game. She is quick to get her hands dirty or just lend an ear when someone needs help. Without Debbie in the front office, things would just not run as smoothly. Debbie always puts the community first.
Anel Ortega is a Counselor and Outstanding Certificated Employee. She understands the needs of the students and works tirelessly to meet their needs and the needs of the families she works with. Anel is a problem solver and a team player. She is committed to her job as a counselor and works diligently to make a difference in the lives of others.