Congratulations to our 2021-2022 CVUSD Classified Employee Outstanding Achievement Awardees

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 CVUSD Classified Employee Outstanding Achievement Awardees

The Conejo Valley Unified School District is proud to recognize the following Classified Employees for their outstanding contributions above and beyond their call of duty. These dedicated individuals make an invaluable impact on their respective school campuses. They are problem-solvers, and take initiative to ensure their daily actions support and positively impact their colleagues, along with the students and families the District proudly serves. These recognitions come as the District celebrates Classified School Employee Week from May 15 - 21, 2022. Each awardee was nominated for this special recognition by a colleague(s) and will receive public recognition at the Tuesday, May 17th Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Classified Employee Outstanding Achievement Awardees:

Marla Baker - Secretary, Newbury Park High School

Marla is the unsung hero of the classified staff at Newbury Park High School. She always going above and beyond to help everyone – fellow classified staff members, administrators, counselors, teachers, and students alike. Marla is seen by many as the superhero of the classified staff at NPHS. 

Acela Brooks – Paraeducator I, Banyan Elementary School

Acela is known to go above and beyond and is always available to help any way she can in all of the Kindergarten classrooms. Additionally, she always has a positive attitude and a smile. The students and Kindergarten teachers LOVE Miss Acela!

Stacey Caine - Child Nutrition Assistant-Satellite, Madrona Elementary School

Stacey exudes positivity, she is always full of eagerness to be helpful and to serve children.  Stacey serves meals to our students but she also adds a healthy dose of love, care, and devotion. She makes a point to ask questions of the students and makes them feel important and remembered. During the initial phase of 'return to school' during COVID, she worked tirelessly to make sure students were fed and teachers were not overburdened by the new lunch/snack routines. 

Meridith Knapp - Senior Office Assistant I, Redwood Middle School

Meridith joined the Redwood MS staff in June of 2019 and since her arrival, she has made a positive impact at the site. She has streamlined many of our processes including, but not limited to student registration, cumulative filing, meeting and greeting students at the counter, and students making counseling appointments. Her efficiency and ability to find "better" ways of doing things, makes our office run so much better. Our community shares accolades on her patience, her willingness to help, and how friendly she is. 

Rebecca Mertel - College and Career Guidance Technician, Westlake High School 

Becky has served the students and families at Westlake High school for 10 years. She is constantly helping, reminding and updating students on the myriad of opportunities and deadlines that encompass her realm of what lies beyond high school. She continues to send out information and reminders to students. Not only does she help students with college guidance, scholarship information and navigating Naviance, she also realizes that a lot of students are served through avenues other than college. She helps every student see a valuable path forward beyond high school.

Constance Ollivier - School Occupational Therapist, Maple/Walnut/Sequoia

Constance is always willing to help out by doing an extra assessment, cover an IEP, and organize the OT charts to support her colleagues. Constance is a gifted therapist - she is creative, thoughtful and brings out the best in her students.  During distance learning, Constance dropped off supplies for her students, dressed up silly for holidays, and taught her students sign language to advance their motor and communication skills.  With the new demands of this school year, Constance has once again shown that she is willing to go above and beyond for her students and colleagues by doing whatever is necessary to help out.

Amanda Rogers - Secretary, Westlake High School

Mandy Rogers has been more than exceptional as an Athletic Secretary. She has exceeded already high expectations year in and year out. She has made Westlake High School's Athletics better in all possible ways. She is the heart and sole of our Athletics' teams. She does it all -from transportation, scheduling, officials, athletic clearances, and much more.  She even created a Westlake coaches' website and a Marmonte league website. 

Lisa Showalter - Purchasing Specialist, Purchasing Department

Lisa is the ever consummate professional. She takes great pride in providing excellent customer service to all departments and school sites in the district.  She readily makes herself available to all staff members who need assistance with navigating the myriad of district purchasing policies and procedures. Lisa can always be counted on!


Shannon Sanchez - Campus Safety Assistant, Walnut Elementary School

Shannon consistently displays positivity and encouragement to all the Walnut Wildcats. She takes the time to get to know the students, in order to understand their individual needs and strengths. This time investment helps with student growth, strength with growing friendships, and the ability to learn strategies to be successful in the classroom and on the playground. Shannon beautifully models an incredible amount of pride and commitment to her work at Walnut. 

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