Success & Service: 19 area school administrators chosen for state honors

The Association of California School Administrators announced its Region VII award winners during a ceremony last week.

Among the 19 winners, Jan Kearns of Tuolumne County was selected as the special education administrator of the year by state ACSA and will receive her award at the annual Leadership Summit in November in San Diego.

Other winners included:

Gloria Carrillo, chief business official, Bret Harte Union High School District, business services administrator of the year

Susan Taylor, assistant superintendent, Riverbank Unified School District, central office administrator of the year

Lynette Silva, director of food services, Hughson Unified School District, classified manager of the year

Kayla Rhoads, personnel specialist, Empire Union School District, confidential employee of the year

Scott Nanik, principal, Calaveras River Academy, Calaveras County Office of Education, continuation/ educational options administrator of the year

Kathy Pon, assistant superintendent, Patterson Joint Unified School District, curriculum and instruction administrator of the year

Arturo Duran, principal, Grayson Charter School, Patterson Joint Unified School District, elementary principal of the year

Lori Guzman-Alvarez, vice principal, Sequoia Elementary School, Manteca Unified School District, elementary co-administrator of the year

Laura Wharff, principal, Ustach Middle School, Sylvan Union School District, middle grades principal of the year

Steve Fabela, director of personnel, Ceres Unified School District, personnel/human resources administrator of the year

Dave Urquhart, principal, Summerville High, Summerville Union High School District, secondary principal of the year

James Schuller, assistant principal, Hughson High, Hughson Unified School District, secondary co-administrator of the year

Joanne Oien, New Hope Elementary School District, superintendent/principal of the year

Irma Bravo-Lawrence, director for district English learner support services, Stanislaus County Office of Education, Valuing Diversity Award

Tom Changnon, Stanislaus County Office of Education, superintendent of the year

Antonio Borba, California State University, Stanislaus, Professor of Education Award

Pat Portwood, associate superintendent, Modesto City Schools, Distinguished Service Award

David Holtz, assistant superintendent, Sylvan Union School District, Bill Ullom Award

Also, The Modesto Bee received the Outstanding Media Coverage of Public Education Award, and Kaiser Permanente received the Partners In Education Excellence Award.

Heather Adams, a student at California State University, Stanislaus, took first place in the state university system's 24th research competition April 30 and May 1 at San Jose State University. Competing in the psychology section, she won $500 for a presentation about casual sex and long-term relationships.

Graduate students Steve Charbonneau and Kay Vang placed second in the education section, earning $125 each.

Jose Bernardo, 81, of Stockton will receive an honorary degree at the California State University, Stanislaus, commencement. Bernardo helped organize and build the Filipino Center Plaza, which opened in Stockton in 1972. A Navy veteran who served during the Korean War, Bernardo has served on numerous boards and commissions in San Joaquin County and spent 12 years on Stockton Unified School District's board.

Modesto Junior College students Andrea Burson and Vanessa Zamora each received $800 scholarships from Alpha Gamma Sigma, a statewide community college honor society, during the State AGS Convention on April 17 in San Jose. The society gave out $36,800 among 44 community college students from throughout the state.

The Center for Human Services received a business recycling award from Modesto for the agency's efforts in 2009. The center created its Going Green Committee in 2008 and made great strides in its first full year. During its Edible Extravaganza fund-raiser, the center salvaged 19.4 pounds of plastic, 2.4 pounds of aluminum and 717 pounds of glass, keeping it from the landfills.

Fourteen valley agents recently completed the Prudential Rock Stars training program, aimed at improving their skills in real estate sales. They are: Carl Blevins, Tracie Eddings, Jessica Figueroa, Anthony "AJ" Mayo, Nathan Mirza and Sandy Spencer from the Modesto office; Karlin Mardirous and Mike McCaskill from the Turlock office; Lai Khoonsrivong, James F. Lay Jr., Barbara Lozano Vanessa Orozco, Andy Reichmuth from the Stockton office; and Kellee Dankiewicz, and Wayne Vigil from the Manteca office.

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