Maria Arroyo was named District Classified Employee of the Year in April.  The instructional assistant-behavioral specialist at Daly Academy (shown with certificate) also was selected San Diego County Classified Employee of the Year.
Maria Arroyo was named District Classified Employee of the Year in April. The instructional assistant-behavioral specialist at Daly Academy (shown with certificate) also was selected San Diego County Classified Employee of the Year. Image via Twitter

State Superintendent of Public Education Tony Thurmond honored a Chula Vista Elementary School District behavior specialist Monday as one of the state’s six 2019 Classified School Employees of the Year.

Thurmond honored Maria Arroyo for her work as Daly Academy’s behavior specialist in the “Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance” category. The school is in Bonita.

Arroyo received the honor for her “nearly unmatched” work at the school to support and educate the school’s student body. Arroyo has been the school’s behavior specialist for 12 years.

Thurmond also honored faculty members from schools in Orange, Santa Barbara, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Monterey counties. Thurmond’s office chose the six honorees from a pool of more than 100 nominations from school districts across the state.

“Meeting students’ basic needs, as well as their social and emotional needs, is essential to ensuring that every student can learn,” Thurmond said. “These dedicated employees make sure that kids have healthy meals, safe transportation on school buses, and have someone to talk to during difficult times in their lives — allowing California’s students to reach their greatest potential.”

The state superintendent’s office will honor the six faculty members at a May 23 luncheon in Sacramento.

— City News Service

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