Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District announces Employees of the Year for 2016-2017 school year

PYLUSD recently announced its Employees of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year.

These employees were nominated by one or more of their colleagues or supervisors, who detailed the outstanding contributions they provide to the district that go above and beyond normal duties. The nominating individual also described how the candidate demonstrates the district’s four core values of excellence, collaboration, integrity and innovation.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to congratulate all eight of our Employees of the Year,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Plutko. “These individuals embody the spirt of servant leadership, and their passion in giving back to our students is undeniable. I am proud of their commitment, creativity and collaboration … they embody the best of our district.”

PYLUSD has a long-standing tradition of surprising its Employees of the Year at their school sites or departments. On Friday, Feb. 17, the district’s executive leadership team went out on “Prize Patrol” to honor this year’s winners:


  • Ann Rago
    Golden Elementary School
    Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  • Suzanne Borgese
    Travis Ranch School
    Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • Tiffany Badger
    El Dorado High School
    High School Teacher of the Year


  • Randy Eberle
    Bus Driver, Transportation
    Employee of the Year
  • Tammie Hagen
    Office Clerk, Sierra Vista Elementary School
    Employee of the Year
  • Javier Ortega
    Technology Service Technician, Technology
    Employee of the Year


  • Janice Weber
    Administrator, Educational Services
    Certificated Manager of the Year
  • Debbie Silverman
    Principal, Tynes Elementary School
    Certificated Manager of the Year

The Employee of the Year Selection Committee made their choices after reviewing all of the compelling nominations. PYLUSD has the absolute best and most caring employees, so the task of making this final selection was very difficult.

The winners will also be recognized at a PYLUSD Board of Education meeting in March.

The district would like to thank all Employee of the Year nominees for the work they do every day to prepare each and every PYLUSD student for success now and in the future.

To view videos of the Employees of the Year being surprised during the “Prize Patrol,” visit PYLUSD’s channel on YouTube.

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