Castro Valley Teacher of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year


CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. — Each year, the Castro Valley Unified School District selects one teacher as the CVUSD Alameda County Teacher of the Year and two teachers as the Masonic Teacher of the Year.

Nancy Galloway, physical education teacher at Jensen Ranch Elementary School, was selected as CVUSD Alameda County Teacher of the Year.

Jessica Labang from Chabot Elementary School and Diane DeYoung from Canyon Middle School were selected as Masonic Teachers of the Year.

Teachers nominated for these awards demonstrate exceptional service to students and their school community and demonstrate exemplary leadership in fostering a positive school climate. Teachers are nominated by their peers and a district committee makes the final selection.

“Our teachers work tirelessly to support students and families. Their deep commitment and dedication to CVUSD students is truly commendable. We are grateful to our teachers for their outstanding service and congratulate all applicants.” – Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi

The 2021-2022 nominees are:

  • Jessica LaBang, Chabot
  • Jessica Howard, CVE
  • Nikki Cox, Independent
  • Nancy Galloway, Jensen Ranch
  • Jamie Hora Marshall
  • Gigi Catrina, Palomares
  • Chris Domingo, Stanton
  • Shelley Schumann, Vannoy
  • Joanna Lee, HVAC
  • Diane DeYoung, Canyon
  • Fanny Machado, Creekside
  • Amanda Staab, CVHS
  • Matt Hoffmann, Sequoia

Each year, employees of the Castro Valley Unified School District appoint five employees classified as Ranked Employees of the Year.

The Classified Schools Employee of the Year program, sponsored by the California Department of Education, highlights the contributions of classified school employees who support the education of California public school students. The goals of the program are to identify five employees from exemplary ranked schools throughout California for recognition. The five categories include: infant nutrition; maintenance, operations and facilities; Office and Technical; Para-educator and teaching aid; Support and security services; and Transportation.

“Our Classified Employees are essential members of our CVUSD community, which helps support our students every day. We appreciate their deep commitment to students, staff, and families. Please join me in congratulating Classified Employees of the year of this year.” – Superintendent Ahmadi.

Ranked Employees of the Year:

  • Manny Pita, caretaker/maintenance, Castro Valley High School
  • Jane Luk, Food and Nutrition Services, Canyon Middle School
  • Terry Braxton-Semonsen, Health and Student Services, Creekside Middle School
  • Maria Fisher, Paraprofessional, Stanton Elementary School
  • Jimi Baum, Skilled Trades Services, Maintenance, Operations and Transportation
  • Suzie Leonardo, clerk and administration. Services, District Office

The Board of Education will recognize the selected teachers of the year, nominees and classified employees of the year at its board meeting on May 11.


This press release was produced by the Castro Valley Unified School District. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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