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Classified Employee of the Year Program

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2021 SACRAMENTO COUNTY Classified Employees of the Year
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2021 County Classified Employees of the Year

Left to right: Rhima Blenkhorn, Jamie Manalo, Diana Rose
 
Congratulations to Rhima Blenkhorn, Jamie Manalo and Diana Rose for being selected as Sacramento County Classified Employees of the Year for 2021! All three of our County Classified Employees of the Year represented Twin Rivers USD and all of Sacramento County in the State Classified School Employees of the Year competition.

Category: Child Nutrition
  • Rhima Blenkhorn, Cafeteria Team Lead I (Orchard Elementary)
 
Category: Office & Technical 
  • Jamie Manalo, Professional Development/Curriculum & Instruction Program Specialist (District Office)
 
Category: Paraeducator & Instructional Assistance
  • Diana Rose, Library Media Tech (Foothill Ranch Middle School)

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Program Overview
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We are pleased to participate in the Classified Employee of the Year (CEY) program through the Sacramento County Office of Education and the California Department of Education. This program pays tribute to the tireless efforts of our outstanding classified school employees. They are vital staff members who play key roles in creating an environment that promotes student achievement, safety, and health. Twin Rivers Unified School District will select nine candidates to represent the District at the county level CEY program in each of the following categories:
 
Clerical and Administrative Services
The work must be directly related to clerical or secretarial duties.
For example: attendance clerk, secretary, accountant.
 
Custodial and Maintenance Services
The work must be directly related to operation or maintenance services.
For example: custodian, groundskeeper.
 
Food and Nutrition Services
The work must be directly related to food handling and/or preparation.
For example: chef, cook, cafeteria worker.
 
Health and Student Services
The work must be directly related to health and student services.
For example: nurse, counselor. 
 
Paraprofessional Services
The work must be directly related to instructional services to students.
For example: paraeducator, instructional aide, library technician. 
 
Security Services
The work must be directly related to the security of students and/or property.
For example: school resource officer, police officer, community outreach assistant. 
 
Skilled Trades Services
The work must be directly related to skilled services.
For example: carpenter, electrician, plumber, painter, mechanic. 
 
Technical Services
The work must be directly related to technical duties.
For example: network engineer, technology support, programmer. 
 
Transportation Services
The work must be directly related to student transportation.
For example: bus driver, dispatcher. 
 
 

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Timeline for Classified Employee of the Year Process
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10/25/21 The nomination process begins throughout the District. Sites establish a Classified Employee of the Year selection process to identify a classified employee who best meets the selection criteria.
Click here to download the Classified Employee of the Year Site Nomination Form.
11/5/21 Classified Employee of the Year site nomination forms are due to principals/supervisors.
11/19/21 Site selections (via Google Form) made by principals/supervisors are due. 
1/7/2022 If Classified Employee of the Year is participating in the District process, three letters of recommendation (one must be completed by principal/supervisor) are due to communications@twinriversusd.org
TBD Classified Employees of the Year will be recognized. 

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Who may be nominated for Classified Employee of the Year?
Twin Rivers follows state and county guidelines in the selection process:

  • The nominee must be a current employee in a California public preschool through 12th grade including charter schools, school districts and county offices of education.
 
Employees in substitute or temporary positions are ineligible to be a District Classified Employee of the Year. Also, TRUSD Adult Education may choose a Classified Employee of the Year; however, he/she is not eligible for county or state-level participation.
 
  • Nominee must be a rank-and-file employee, not in a management or supervisory position.
  • Nominee must have a minimum of five years of service in the nomination category, with no minimum full-time equivalent.
 
Sites may choose an employee with fewer years of service; however, he/she will not be eligible to participate at the District or county level.
 
Who can submit a nomination for Classified Employee of the Year?
Any person (teacher, colleague, parent, student, District employee, or community member) may submit a nomination. Self-nominations will also be accepted.
 
Who selects the District Classified Employee of the Year?
Our District interview panels are comprised of District employees. They will select one Classified Employee of the Year for each of the nine categories.
 
What does it mean to be a Classified Employee of the Year?
Nine Classified Employees of the Year represent Twin Rivers in the annual Sacramento County Classified Employee of the Year program and are recognized in the fall at a reception during a school board meeting.
 
Additional questions?
Contact communications@twinriversusd.org