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Staff Recogntion Programs

Teacher of the Year

The District recognizes all AUSD teachers by selecting a representative for Teacher of the Year. Any employee may nominate a teacher for the Teacher of the Year Representative. The teacher nominated should have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers. They should play an active and useful role in their community as well as in their schools, often distinguishing themselves as leaders. Nominees must be permanent and must spend the majority of their time instructing students. This recognition is done in collaboration with the County Office of Education and the Certificated Human Resources Department.  

Classified Representative of the Year

The District and Personnel Commission recognizes and honors classified employees by selecting an AUSD classified employee as a representative of all the outstanding classified employees in the District.  Any employee can nominate a classified employee for this award. This program is annual and is supported by the Classified Human Resources Department. 

Acknowledgement of Service Anniversary Dates

A stable and productive workforce is crucial to any organization, public or private.  AUSD is extremely proud of the dedication shown by its employees and the number of employees who have dedicated many years of service.   Classified employees are recognized with a letter of appreciation and certificate beginning with five years of service and every five years thereafter.  This program is supported by the Classified Human Resources Department.

Employee Recognition

PERSONNEL COMMISSION Reception for Classified Representative of the Year 2017! Congrats Lara!

Congratulations LARA HIEMFORTH...AUSD Classified Representative of the Year!

Lara’s career as a classified employee began over 13 years ago.  She came to AUSD as a classified substitute working at many sites and in several different classifications.  Then she got the call to work in a long term substitute position in the
Belshaw Elementary library and Lara found her place, her passion, her calling.  Helping students get excited about books and reading… something she had loved since childhood, this was it!  And… as luck would have it, Belshaw Elementary had a vacancy and Lara was successful in the hiring process to get the job she loved so much!

Lara is actively involved in events and programs that promote reading outside of a library or classroom setting;  book fairs, story night, Book It!, and Read to Succeed are just a few.  She has hosted 27 themed Scholastic Book Fairs, and has been seen as a pirate for the Bookaneer Fair and a Happy Camper who wanted to read S’More books (just to name a couple).  The annual Story Night is dear to her heart.  It is a simple night of old-fashioned story time where families get cozy - in their pajamas with their blankets and pillows - and hear wonderful stories.  She has brought a program sponsored by Six Flags called Read to Succeed to Belshaw where the students earn a ticket to Discovery Kingdom by reading.  She has also added ‘Book It!,’ a program through Pizza Hut, where students can earn a pizza by achieving a reading goal.  Lara was awarded the Amber Brown Grant this year.  She was one of two winners chosen in the United States. The grant brought NY Times bestselling author Lin Oliver to her school.  It also gave Belshaw hundreds of dollars’ worth of books as well as a stipend to create a memorable day for the students at Belshaw.  Lara has spent ten years as a member of the staff’s Sunshine Committee, four years as a member of the School Site Council, and she is a member of the PBIS team.  She is and has been an active member in the PTO.  She has coordinated with the Food Banks of Contra Costa and Solano County to bring fresh produce to our Belshaw families through a program called Farm 2 Kids.  Lara has served on the Women’s Ministry Team at her church for five years.  She is also involved in Operation Christmas Child.   She participates in an outreach program called Feed the Need.  Lara honors her father and friends by establishing a group where people make caps and scarves that will be donated to local cancer patients.  Over 300 caps and scarves have been donated so far.  Wow, we are so proud of Lara!  Lara epitomizes the best of the best and is our 2017 Representative of the Year.

JACEY RENFROE....AUSD Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018!

Teacher of the Year     Jacey Renfroe has been a teacher with Antioch Unified School District for almost ten years.  During her tenure she has served at Black Diamond Middle School, Kimball Elementary and Marsh Elementary.  Currently she is teaching 5th grade at Marsh Elementary.   Ms. Renfroe demonstrates depth of content knowledge and differentiates instruction to reach all students.  Ms. Renfroe believes one of the most important things to do as a teacher is to build relationships with the students and their families.  She works hard every year to build these lifelong relationships.    

     As the school's lead for testing and assessment, she analyzes and reflects on achievement data to improve instruction for her own students and is a mentor for other teachers.  She strives to be the best teacher she can be by reflecting on lessons and assisting her students to learn to the best of their ability.

     What is amazing about Ms. Renfroe is how she is able to influence the students beyond the classroom.  Ms. Renfroe strives to make connections and relate to all students.   Daily she walks the track for exercise with 15-20 of her students and many other students, chatting and laughing. 

     Four years ago Ms. Renfroe, Ms. Werner and Mr. Eyer started the Running Club.  Weekly, over 100 students participate and complete 4,000 miles in a year! 

     When her students finish the 5th grade, they are ready for middle school and more equipped to face the future.  The district's motto is: "Preparing students for success in college, career, and life" and that is exactly what Ms. Renfroe is doing through her impact on students.

     Congratulations Jacey!