Spotlight of Hope

For the 2018-19 school year, the San Bernardino City Unified School District will be featuring certificated and classified employees who have made a positive difference in the lives of San Bernardino and Highland students. This campaign is called the "Spotlight of Hope." These great employees will be announced in various outlets such as social media, newspaper ads, etc.



Spotlight of Hope: Sylvia Garcia-Flores
Spotlight of Hope: Sylvia Garcia-Flores
07/06/2018
Congratulations to Sylvia Garcia-Flores for Making Hope Happen! For nearly four decades, Sylvia has graced the District with her cheerful attitude and professional demeanor...
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Spotlight of Hope: Mary Pierce
Mary served as principal of the award-winning Hillside University Demonstration School before taking a position in Human Resources. Mary’s exemplary work...
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Spotlight of Hope: Officer Christina DeRienzo
Officer DeRienzo has distinguished herself by dedicating countless hours to mentoring and teaching students in SBCUSD’s Explorer Program...
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Spotlight of Hope: Pam Tetlock
Pam Tetlock has been Making Hope Happen for 30 years. Her breadth of knowledge and vast experience make her an amazing teacher...
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Spotlight of Hope: Terry Comnick
Spotlight of Hope: Terry Comnick
Terry Comnick began working for SBCUSD as a substitute teacher and a seventh grade social studies teacher at Curtis Middle School. He is driven by being part of a cohesive team of committed and talented people who have a positive impact...
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Spotlight of Hope: Kathie Perlut
Kathie Perlut has been working for the District for 21 years. As secretary for Categorical Programs, Kathie is #MakingHopeHappen by...
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Spotlight of Hope: Nick Flores
Nick Flores is interim director of Information Technology and has been with SBCUSD since 1986. Nick loves giving back to his community...
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Spotlight of Hope: Tammy DeBellis
Tammy DeBellis is a registered nurse and has been serving multiple schools and families in the SBCUSD community for the past 20 years...
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Spotlight of Hope: Ezekiel Adeleke
Spotlight of Hope: Ezekiel Adeleke
Ezekiel Adeleke is a computer specialist III and has been with SBCUSD since 2006. Being a graduate of the District, Ezekiel came to work for the SBCUSD to give back to his community...
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Spotlight of Hope: Maria Elena Gomez
Maria Elena Gomez has been part of the SBCUSD family for 17 years. Maria coaches and mentors students by setting a good example through her actions...
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Spotlight of Hope: Kathleen D. Guthrie
Spotlight of Hope: Kathleen D. Guthrie
Kathleen D. Guthrie is a teacher at Vermont Elementary and has been teaching in SBCUSD since 2004. Kathleen’s inspiration to become a teacher actually came from a childhood dream. Her favorite part about working in SBCUSD and our community...
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Spotlight of Hope: Monica Avila
Monica Avila is an intake coordinator at the Inland Career Education Center and her early career with SBCUSD was influenced by her mentor’s teaching habits...
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Spotlight of Hope: Lucia Garcia
Spotlight of Hope: Lucia Garcia
Lucia Garcia has been teaching at Hillside for 12 years. Lucia became a teacher because she wanted to serve others, particularly children, and wanted to make an impact...
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Spotlight of Hope: Nancy Walker
Spotlight of Hope: Nancy Walker
Nancy Walker is a program facilitator at Muscoy Elementary School. Nancy loves working collaboratively by focusing on results toward a common goal. She believes student success is determined by combined efforts toward achievement...
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Spotlight of Hope: Michael Doll
Michael Doll has been teaching math at San Gorgonio High for 20 years. Mr. Doll also works as a demonstration teacher with the Employee Development Department, while Focusing on Results Together from SBCUSD’s Basics for Excellence. Mr Doll’s favorite aspect of working at SBCUSD is having the wonderful opportunity to teach at his alma mater....
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Spotlight of Hope: Austin Piazza
Spotlight of Hope: Austin Piazza
As the son of an educator, Austin knew from a young age that he wanted to be a teacher. He learned that history wasn’t just about dates and memorization but a subject that sparked critical thinking. Mr. Piazza knew this was a skill all students need to develop, and he inspires others to think of history in the same way. Mr. Piazza earned the 2018 History-Social Science Educator of Excellence Award and he constantly provides a sense of purpose while helping students learn the skills to be college and career ready...
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Spotlight of Hope: Jason Scott
Jason Scott is a teacher at Fairfax Elementary School. Jason was influenced to become a teacher by seeing the impact his grandmother had on improving the lives of her students.
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Spotlight of Hope: Kelsey Smith
Kelsey Smith is a social studies Demonstration Teacher at Rodriguez PREP Academy. Kelsey comes from a very long line of educators. As such, she had many opportunities to visit and assist in her family’s classrooms.
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Spotlight of Hope: Dr. Marcus Funchess
Dr. Funchess, director of Recruitment, Human Resources Certificated, began his journey as an educator with a desire to help young people understand how valuable and important they are.
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Spotlight of Hope: Morgan Pellettera
National Board Certified Teacher Morgan Pellettera is a Demonstration Teacher Program Lead. Before becoming a program lead, Morgan taught English at Arroyo Valley High for 15 years.
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Spotlight of Hope: Courtney Swoboda
Courtney Swoboda is a special education teacher at Dr. Mildred Dalton Henry Elementary School. Courtney was originally drawn to teaching while completing her BA in psychology, where she chose to intern alongside a teacher.
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