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Tahoe Truckee school district honors teachers, employees of the year

Kim Warren, Middle School Teacher of the Year, left, and Laura Hartung, High School Teacher of the Year.
Courtesy TTUSD |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — At their May 4 Board of Education meeting, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District named Kim Warren the Middle School Teacher of the Year and Laura Hartung the High School Teacher of the Year for 2016-17.

The board also recognized their 2016 Classified Employees of the Year: Jorge Abac, Transportation Employee of the Year; Dorothy Gadsby, Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance Employee of the Year; Teresa Ketron, Support Services Employee of the Year; Clem Sarabia, Operations Employee of the Year; Dani Saraceno, Child Nutrition Employee of the Year; and Chris White, Office and Technical Employee of the Year.

Warren is a seventh-grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Alder Creek Middle School. She inspires the best from students, parents and teachers while supporting the vision of the school district. Warren models educational excellence through clearly-articulated expected outcomes and the steps necessary to achieve them. She is a collaborative leader who is respected for her understanding, efficiency, expertise and team player attitude.

Hartung, North Tahoe High’s Culinary Arts teacher, is an educator who students remember years after graduation as someone who has affected their lives and taught them the skills to be healthy, successful adults. Hartung has extremely high expectations for her students. Her Culinary Arts classes are known across campus as challenging electives that are always full. Students appreciate the knowledge, skill, and preparation she brings to her classes. She is an incredible asset to her students and provides them with an education that they can lean on well into their adult lives.

Abac has worked in transportation since 2001. His knowledge and experience as a heavy-duty diesel mechanic are extensive and exceed the standards of our school district. He is a leader in his department and models compliance with rules and regulation.

Gadsby has worked for TTUSD since 1999. Over these years, Dorothy has consistently demonstrated a high level of knowledge, strong communication and organizational skills, and commitment to our students. Dorothy creates a class environment that is warm, respectful and caring and is a place that children love to be.

Ketron has been an employee of TTUSD for the past 10 years. She is a library clerk in charge of ordering children’s literature and curriculum materials, supporting small group instruction, writing grants, cataloging and circulating rental musical instruments, and implementing age-appropriate programs to train students to use the library correctly.

Sarabia has worked for the TTUSD district since 1995. Sarabia is a dedicated and caring person who is helpful, hardworking, and always looking to find a solution to the numerous administrative, teacher, student and parent requests that come at him each day. He is always at his school well before anyone else to shovel snow, fix a broken piece of equipment or help a person in need.

Saraceno has worked in Food Services for 23 years. She takes pride in her kitchen set-up and operation and maintains the most accurate records while maintaining efficiency in her kitchen. She is the cook who everyone calls upon to run ideas by, share kitchen successes and challenges, and she is the one whose input is the most sought after amongst all the cooks in the district.

White has worked for the TTUSD since 1987. During this time, White has served as a special education aide, attendance secretary, and school secretary. White is the first person who you see when you walk in the doors at Truckee High and is considered part of the “backbone” at THS. She brings with her a positive attitude that is contagious.

TTUSD’s Teachers of the Year and Employees of the Year will be recognized at the Placer County Awards Reception in Auburn and at the district’s Welcome Back Convocation Event in August.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.

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