Volunteers from all 34 PYLUSD schools celebrated by Board of Education during annual Community Honoree Ceremony

Community Honoree Ceremony 2023

On May 22, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) held a ceremony to show appreciation for 39 outstanding Community Honorees. Every year, the district asks each of its school sites to identify a special individual or dynamic duo who has dedicated their time and energy to volunteering to support students and staff. These individuals embody the district’s core values of excellence, collaboration, integrity, and innovation. Annually, this evening serves as a cherished tradition in the school district.

Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss welcomed those in attendance sharing, “Each and every year, our supportive volunteers donate their time, energy, and talents to aiding our district’s important mission of inspiring all students through rigorous and relevant educational experiences that empower them to become responsible, ethical, and contributing citizens.”

Executive Director of Special Education/SELPA, Renee Gray, and Director of Elementary Education, Dr. Liz Leon, then took a moment to speak about each honorees’ contributions and presented them with a PYLUSD “You Are the Advantage” certificate of achievement. School principals accompanied their respective honorees to be honored and shake hands with Board of Education Members and district leadership. They also received a PYLUSD challenge coin. Loved ones, coworkers, and fellow community members packed the PYLUSD Performing Arts Center in order to cheer on the honorees as they received special thanks.

To close the ceremony, Board President Shawn Youngblood shared the following: “When I think of the dedication you have shown to our organization this year and beyond, I am reminded of the famous quote from Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Thank you for giving so much of your time and energy to our organization despite your busy schedules. We thank you for your invaluable contributions to our students, staff, and entire school district community.”

Here’s a full list of this year’s honorees:

Community HonoreeSchool Name
Adrienne ElickerBrookhaven Elementary School
Sharon ZekielBryant Ranch School
Casie DiazFairmont Elementary School
Dipesh GarachGlenknoll Elementary School
Erica PerezGlenview Elementary School
Megan WilesGolden Elementary School
Karen EganGolden Elementary School
Jacquelyn KuoLakeview Elementary School
Kristin AdamsLinda Vista Elementary School
Susan BarnesMabel Paine Elementary School
Brenda UriosteguiMelrose Elementary School
Angeles ValenzMelrose Elementary School
Emeralda Carrillo, April FloresMorse Elementary School
Alison SotomayorRio Vista Elementary School
Katie TangRose Drive Elementary School
Phil JohnsonRose Drive Elementary School
Carmina GonzalezRuby Drive Elementary School
Debbie VenderleySierra Vista Elementary School
Kristen WhitmoreTopaz Elementary School
Bree VoageTravis Ranch School (TK-8)
Silvia PhanTynes Elementary School
Lindsay EspinozaVan Buren Elementary School
Correna BecerraWagner Elementary School
Alyssa GramerWoodsboro Elementary School
Michelle KamaiBernardo Yorba Middle School
Subba MungiKraemer Middle School
Jessica RugglesTuffree Middle School
Amita DesaiValadez Middle School Academy
Inoka KhalidYorba Linda Middle School
Tanya La SoyaEl Camino Real High School
Ken ColbyEl Dorado High School
Denise ColbyEl Dorado High School
Valerie CoulombeEsperanza High School
Maria FrancoValencia High School
Stephanie ManciniYorba Linda High School
Stacey WongBuena Vista Virtual Academy
Alicia CairnsGeorge Key School
Melissa KipeParkview School
Lysa FinleyVenture Academy

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