AUHSD 2020-2021 Employees of the Year
Educator of the Year:
Kristen Plant, public speaking teacher and intervention TOSA at Miramonte High School, was honored as the 2020-2021 AUHSD Educator of the Year. Kristen is an inspiration to all, always looking to grow as an educator, leader and person. She oversees a nationally-recognized public speaking program, makes it accessible, and continually reinvents her approach. Her commitment to racial equity and work as an Equity TOSA have been impactful on school culture and inclusion. Her impact extends well beyond the walls of her classroom or the Miramonte campus. She is truly student-centered, listens to learn and understand from the experiences of others, shows gratitude and humility, and continually demonstrates her commitment to improve the student experience in her classroom, Miramonte, and the District. As one colleague put it: “Kristen is a joyful person; she finds ways to smile at the end of long meetings and tiring days, and she never shies away from sharing her special recipe of humor-- equal parts honesty, self-deprecation, kindness, and wisdom."
Classified Employee of the Year:
José Paniagua works as the day custodian at Campolindo High School. José started working with the District in 2015 as a substitute custodian and was soon converted into a full time day custodian at Campolindo. José is omnipresent at Campo, serving all staff, students and visitors and keeping the campus in good order. He is highly responsive to the needs of others. His peers describe him as “caring, helpful and kind." He performs his work with a smile, and is instrumental in keeping the school running efficiently.