We Proudly Recognize our 2020 CVUSD Inclusion Heroes!
In honor of National Inclusive Schools Week, which Conejo Valley Unified School District celebrated from December 7th to December 15th, the District put a call out to the CVUSD community to shine a light on our Inclusion Heroes. Inclusion Heroes are CVUSD teachers, staff members, and administrators who go above and beyond to create a community of inclusivity, kindness, and respect to enhance the learning for ALL students. Inclusion Heroes have a passion for ensuring all students have access and opportunity - and who turns this passion into action by modeling inclusivity in their day to day work.
More than 135 nominations of incredible, dedicated professionals were submitted, and we are proud to recognize the following five individuals as our 2020 Inclusion Heroes:
Aileen Wall, Principal, Walnut Elementary School
Mrs. Wall has a big heart. She makes sure that all students and staff members have a sense of belonging on the Walnut campus. Her role as a principal exceeds the job duties assigned, and she truly creates a sense of family amongst the whole school community. Her positive attitude makes a great impact on the whole Walnut team, supporting staff in their roles and leading all students on a path of academic success each and every day. She leads inclusion by example, she is very generous of her time and shares her expertise to support the success of all she encounters. The Walnut community, and beyond, looks up to her, as a shining example of how to lead with kindness and respect for all.
Jacqueline Bennett, Para Educator I, Madrona Elementary
Ms. Bennett is a bright light for all who work with her. An invaluable member of the LEAP program, her kind sweet spirit brings a smile to the students’ faces every day. Her passion for her role and the love she has for the children she serves is undeniable. Working with her makes everyone a better person! Ms. Bennett is always the first person on the playground to bring all the kids together so no one is feeling left out. She engages with students in such an enthusiastic way that they all feel important and inclusive of each other regardless of their ability. The encouragement she gives is easily picked up by all of the kids and they continue to encourage each other both in class and on the playground. Jackie is known for her kindness, positivity, and cheerful demeanor who students and staff members can count on! She truly makes a positive impact on the Madrona Elementary campus.
Sandra Martinez-Galvan, Teacher, Thousand Oaks High School
Mrs. Martinez-Galvan is know for the positive impact she makes on the Thousand Oaks High School campusI She is an advocate for more inclusivity and representation of Latino Students and marginalized students on the TOHS campus. She has worked tirelessly to help give students a voice. Her commitment to providing opportunities to students is seen with her involvement in Latino Connection and Latino Youth Leadership. These clubs provide a safe space for students to connect, share their passions, feel proud about their heritage and grow as leaders. Everything she does is for her students and for the community. Even outside of the classroom she is involved with Adelante and providing for families during these unprecedented times.
Sairey Andrews, Teacher, Maple Elementary
Mrs. Andrews is all about inclusion. She is kind, warm and caring to her students and to her colleagues She is extremely tech savvy and always comes up with the greatest programs for Maple students. She gives so much of her time and her heart each and every day. Maple students benefit so much from having Mrs. Andrews as their teacher, a true leader and voice for all students.
Jericho Delaney Ross, Teacher, Sycamore Canyon
Ms. Delaney is a force of support for the students she serves. Over the last nine months she has gone above and beyond to make students feel safe and special. She is very determined and passionate to include everyone no matter what their disability might be. Ms. Delaney responds to all her emails and messages promptly and makes parents/guardians feel very comfortable to approach her regarding any questions or concerns they may have. She works tirelessly to spread kindness and make all students she encounters feel as though they belong.