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Apple Valley administrators walk a mile in classified employees’ shoes

posted May 18, 2016, 1:54 PM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 11:46 AM ]
Elisabeth Briggs, Desert Knolls Librarian, shows Gregory Taylor, District Network Database Supervisor, how to properly organize the library.
On May 17, principals, directors, board members and other district administrators “walked a mile” in classified employees’ shoes as part of Apple Valley Unified School District’s California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 828’s Appreciating Classified Employees (ACE) Program.

Out of more than 800 chapters in California, AVUSD’s chapter was one of ten selected to participate in the ACE Program. In this highly competitive process, nominated chapters are selected on a variety of criteria, including their ability to work together as a chapter and a district to address needs and effectively serve students.  Based on these evaluations, CSEA President, Ben Valdepena, personally selects ten chapters to participate in the program.  

Administrators and Trustees met with the selected classified employees at 9:30 a.m. at the AVUSD Educational Support Center.

Janet Gould, Director of Risk Management, and Glenda Muir-Monroe, Bus Driver, wash a school bus.
Administrators were then partnered with food service workers, groundskeepers, bus drivers, school police and other classified employees, to get a first-hand look at the ways they support students every day. Pat Schlosser, Assistant Superintendant of Educational Services, was partnered with AVUSD bus driver, Leilani Winters.  “For those families, Leilani is our school district,” Schlosser said. “She is the one, as far as they know, who takes care of them. And she totally does. And you can just see the peace on their faces (when the bus pulls up).”

Donna Davis, President of the AVUSD Board of Trustees, and Kim Asboth, CSEA Chapter 828 President, visited the shadow partners throughout the morning.  Davis said that she was impressed with the work ethic and the integrity of the employees she observed. “They work for the kids every day and you can see it in their faces that they are happy to be where they are. What more can you ask for?” she said.

Tom Hoegerman, Superintendent, takes a ride with Carl Willis, School Police Officer.
The ACE Program is part of CSEA’s Classified School Employee Week, which takes place May 15-21, 2016. CSEA started this program in May 2007 as a way to celebrate and call attention to the contributions of classified school employees through “job shadowing”, during which school district administrations observe first-hand and participate in the work and responsibilities of classified employees.

After the job-shadowing, all participants met back at the ESC for a luncheon, catered by the Granite Hills’ Cougar Kitchen and Bakery.


Visit for more information about the California School Employees Association and the Appreciating Classified Employees Program