2014 Classified Employees of the Year


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Classified Employees of the Year

Pauline BurkPauline Burt

Special Education Assistant

Bay Park Elementary School

Pauline Burt goes above and beyond for the school and for the students of Bay Park Elementary. Whether Pauline is assisting at lunch duty, with buses, recess, or in the classroom, she consistently treats each child with respect while maintaining high expectations of all students in both academics and social areas.

Pauline cares for each child as though they were her own and motivates them to be the best they can be. Pauline often provides necessary items for students, such as shoes, school supplies and other items. She is rarely absent and often comes in to work an hour early so that she can do things like prepare the staff lounge before her “real” duties begin. School principal Leslie Barnes says that Pauline “is” Bay Park Elementary -- a team player who is always willing to go the extra mile with grace and enthusiasm.

San Diego Unified congratulates Pauline Burt and her family on her selection as 2014 Classified Employee of the Year.

Penny Clark

Roana “Penny” Clark

Dropout Prevention Program Mentor

Madison High

Roana Clark has worked for San Diego Unified School District for more than 20 years as a Guidance Assistant at various schools before being promoted to her current job at Madison High.

She goes above and beyond with her work performance. When she sees that a student is in need, she will take time to mentor, encourage and find a solution to support the student. She is accessible to students and parents beyond the school day. She spends time reaching out to community organizations and colleges to make sure her students experience life after high school and takes students to college visitations and workshops to inspire them to fulfill their potential.

She is an active member of the Safe School Committee at Madison and also coordinates and organizes many of the parent workshops. Students and parents listen to and appreciate her words of wisdom and encouragement.

Counselors and administrators regularly turn to Roana for her guidance and support in working with families.

Ms. Clark is a natural leader and an asset to the community of Madison High School.

Cynthia McIntyre

Special Education Assistant
Marston Middle School

Cynthia McIntyre has worked for San Diego Unified School District for more than 10 years. While her specialty is working to help students with Individualized Education Plans reach their goals, her experiences as a mother and her concern for the education of all students provides just the right balance of skill, knowledge and caring that middle school students need. She is in multiple classrooms throughout the day guiding students and assisting teachers in the delivery of their lessons. Her kind, calm demeanor makes students feel comfortable and ready to learn.

In addition to her work responsibilities, she is a tireless cheerleader for the schools within the Clairemont High School Cluster. She continually volunteers her time and energy to tutoring students of all age levels and helping the school staff. Cindy can be counted on to participate in or lead a group for the betterment of the students, schools and the community. She takes her responsibilities seriously and always delivers.

She is a reliable mentor for the classified staff members and always supports the Special Education teachers. Cindy invests time, resources, and passion into her work and commitments.