Teachers, principals, counselors chosen for Excellence In Education Awards

Forty others to receive awards for their work in special education

The people who go "above and beyond" at Pleasanton schools will be honored this June at the 20th annual Excellence in Education Awards, and 40 others from across the district have won Special Education "You Make a Difference" awards.

Ten teachers, two principals and two counselors were named by the Pleasanton PTA Council, which sifted through the all the nominations.

"Students write nominations, parents, sometimes, coworkers. What they should be exhibiting is above and beyond," said PTA member Joan Laursen. "To some people it's about someone who touches the lives of someone in trouble. Maybe it's someone involved with the AP teacher, who works with them after school to make sure they're ready for their AP exams."

Laursen said usually 40 to 50 people are nominated, and making the decisions can be difficult.

"It's moving to hear what makes people go out of their way to write about someone," she said.

The ten teachers chosen from the nominees are:

Manette Barlow, Adult Education/ESL;

Linda Boveda, Lydiksen;

Christie Carnahan, Valley View;

Jeremy Detamore, Foothill;

Shay Galletti, Foothill/Amador Valley ROP;

Kim Lounsbury, Hearst;

Maria Primeau, Foothill;

Tami Raaker, Foothill ROP;

Kathleen Murray Rief, Hart;

Lori Sjodahl, Mohr.

The four named in the at large category are:

Career counselor Jacque Barker, Foothill H.S.;

Counselor Abby Johnson, who works at both Lydiksen and Valley View;

Fairlands Principal Kim Michels;

Donlon Principal Marc Schweitzer.

The honorees will receive their awards June 2nd at the 20th Annual Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church. The awards ceremony will be held from at 4 p.m.

The PTA council has invited friends and families of the honorees to attend the ceremony.

The ceremony for the winners of "You Make a Difference" awards will be held Wednesday at Amador Valley High School's multi-purpose room, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. To see the complete list of "You Make a Difference winners, click [ here.

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