Excellence in Education Awards

2019 Excellence in Education Awards Program

The Pleasanton PTA Council, in partnership with the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD), 
is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Excellence in Education Awards:

§   Molly Allen (Foothill High School)
§   Delise Anderson (Amador Valley High School)
§   Cassidy Booe (Hart Middle School)
§   Jason Borris (PUSD/Harvest Park Middle School)
§   Brett Bower (Amador Valley High School)
§   Patty Fletcher (Pleasanton Middle School)
§   Bill Foley (Walnut Grove Elementary School)
§   Cecile Henderson (Alisal & Fairlands Elementary Schools)
§   Jim Holm (Pleasanton Unified School District)
§   Laurie James (Amador Valley High School)
§   Kim Jetter (Fairlands Elementary School)
§   Allison McCutcheon (Fairlands Elementary School)
§   Sandra Pastor (Foothill High School)
§   Phillip Peacock (Amador Valley High School)
§   Laurie Riddle (Valley View Elementary School)
§   Carolyn Russ Slous (Pleasanton Middle School)
§   Melissa Schussel (Donlon Elementary School)
§   Cailin Steinbach (Harvest Park Middle School)
§   Bertha Gracie Steller (Valley View Elementary School)
§   Amy Wood (Alisal Elementary School)


Honorees will receive their awards at the 29th Annual Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony, 
which will begin at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 8, at Crosspoint Church (5627 Gibraltar Dr., Pleasanton).

Friends and families of the honorees, as well as community members, are welcome to attend the ceremony 
to celebrate this achievement! Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for this year's awards!

The official press release can be found here
For more information, please contact Pleasanton PTA Council President Maritess Simmons.


History 

The Pleasanton Legislative Action Committee for Education (PLACE) started what became known as the PPIE award. Original PLACE members included Cindy McGovern, Juanita Haugen, Sue Rose, Sandy Dibias, Mary Pat Hawkins, and Judy Ditter Wheeler.

This group of dedicated parents and community members originally formed to follow bills that affected education through the legislature. An idea was hatched to honor the outstanding people in the school district — both certificated and non-certificated.

After Pleasanton Partnerships In Education (PPIE) was formed, the PPIE director, Donna McMillion, picked up the baton and took over the Awards, taking it to the next level in community recognition. The last Excellence in Education Award under PPIE was given in 2004.

In the spring of 2007, the Pleasanton PTA Council and the Pleasanton Unified School District partnered to bring back the Excellence in Education Awards.

Past Awards 

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS
List of Recent Honorees (not eligible for nomination at this time)

2018        
Diane Anderson Jill Battilega Jennifer Berrigan Willie Brown Julie Castillo
Kristine Cozzo Jeremy Detamore Laura Ditto Cassandra Fuller Scott Gorsuch
Jana Halle Stacey Holder Gary Johnson Cindy Johnson-Eckersley Kelly Lack
Brian Ladd Lisa O'Connor Amy Patnode Laura Peters Pam Smith


     
2017        
Jennifer Bell Heather Brillhart Denise Daniels David Fischer Kelsey Foster
Duane Habecker Jaclyn Isaacson Randall Lomas Tara Martin Laura Moore
Celeste Nava Paul Perazzo Russell Sato Annette Sodergren Dick Spicka
Traci Sweeney Mairi Wohlgemuth      


     
2016        
Lynn Gatehouse Jonathan Grantham Patty Hanafee Leslie Heller Stacy Homes
Mario Hurtado Heather Johnson Marisa Cusenza Johnston Liz Lyons Lisa Miller
Jayme Pekarske Pauline Schroeder Elizabeth Shackelford Amy Smith Sharon Surrena
John Taylor      

2015        
Dennis Aquilina Stacy Webb Alcorn Lori Chiok Maia DeLaat Anne ­Matarrese Everton
Ann Fischer Becky Franck Kelly Hilton James Krier Jason Krolikowski
Ken Rocha Mary Rozelle Betty Russell Clif Simms Stacey Sklar
Alexandria Snow        
         
2014        
Lisa Alba Patricia Blair Sharolyn Borris Linda Bury Katie Crawford
Cherryl Crawley Greg Dankwardt Shari Eastman Christine Fitzsimmons  Julie Hagstrom
Rachel Harold Mike Kuhfal Carlota Lim Denise Morgan Mike Payne
Adam Randall         Eric Thiel Sara Walsh    
         

Past Awards - Past Honorees

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS
List of Previous Honorees

Marc Acheson

Jackie Adams

Karelyn Adams

Candace Aderman

Nancy Aguiar

Lisa Alba

Stacey Webb Alcorn

Martha Allen

Diane Anderson

Jerie Anderson

Sheri Anderson

Cris Annen

Dennis Aquilina

Mark Aubel

Mercedes Avila

Amber Azevedo

Susan Bantz

Raymond Baptista

Jacque Barker

Lisa Barker

Manette Barlow

Jill Battilega

Julie Beeson

Jennifer Bell

Robbe Benz

Mary Berget

Jennifer Berrigan

Jan Berry

Mike Bettencourt

Barbara Biasotti

Lynn Biddinger

Connie Bishop

Norma Black

Patricia Blair

Pam Blinn

JoAnn Bloom

Pam Boni;

Jason Borris

Johnnie Borris

Sharolyn Borris

Kristine Borchers

Carol Boster

Christine Bourg

Linda Boveda

Bill Bowen

Patty Bowser

Carol Bradley

Judith Brandt

Carol Brearey

Sean Brennan

Heather Brillhart

Bill Britton

Greg Brown

Willie Brown

Heidi Burton

Linda Bury

Richard Canfield

Christie Carnahan

Mary Jo Carreon

Carolann Carter

Julie Castillo

Santos Castro

Lori Chiok

Rene Christensen

Christina Clark

Mary Cloyd

Jennifer Cohn

Dusty Collins

Sue Connolly

Kristine Cozzo

Michelle Craney

Ann Crawford

Katie Crawford

Lynn Crawford

Cherryl Crawley

Lynn Cronin

Greg Dankwardt

Betty Dawson

Carol de Boer

Maia DeLaat

Tony Dennis

Jeremy Detamore

Erin Diaz

Carol Di Girolamo

Susan Di Girolamo

Carol Dinelli

Laura Ditto

Burt Dixon

Erin Dixon

Felicia Douwes

Shari Eastman

Cindy Eaton

Carol Edney

Linda Ellis

Anne Matarrese Everton

Paul Fackler

Jane Fainsztein

Nancy Falcone

Paula Farrenkopf

Calene Fenolio

Dan Fenton

Carol Fernandez

Sue Ferrari

Ann Fischer

Judy Fisher

Christine Fitzsimmons

Gayle Fracisco

Becky Franck

Corinne Franks

Patty Frankson

Jennifer Fraser

Bob Frick

Gail Frost

Thomas Frost

Cassandra Fuller

Clark Fuller

Lisa Fulton

Lois Gabriel

Shay Galletti

Elicha Gastelumendi

Lynn Gatehouse

Gena Gatlin

Scott Gehrman

Michael Geib

Tina Gerstenberg

Bryan Gibb

Chris Gibbons

Sharon Gitchell

Renee Goodrich

Scott Gorsuch

Jonathan Grantham

Dolores Griffith

Linda Gullick

Linda Gustafson

Kathy Hachman

Julie Hagstrom

Thomas Hall

Jana Halle

Emma Hamm

Patty Hanafee

Jim Hansen

Judy Hansen

Pat Hansen

Rachel Harold

Leslee Hart

David Hartman

Debbie Harvey

Lisa Hague

William Hayes

Eric Heinitz

Leslie Heller

Donna Henderson 

Roxanne Herbert

Gary Hicklin

Lisa Highfill

Kelly Hilton

Stacey Holder

Sara Jane Hollister

Stacy Homes

Dan Horowitz

Ruth Hoyt

Mario Hurtado

Jaclyn Isaacson

Cindy Jackson

Debbie Jager

Jan Jerabek

Abby Johnson

Gary Johnson

Cindy Johnson-Eckersley

Heather Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Marisa Cusenza Johnston

Jerry Joyce

Sue Kast

Carol Ker

Joe Kettwig

Sandy Killoran

Jill Kirkwood

Melissa Klopatek

Joann Koobatian

James Krier

Jason Krolikowski

Mike Kuhfal

Ann Kyle

Kelly Lack

Brian Ladd

Mark Lantsberger

Sue Lawrence

Michelle Lewandowski

Diana Liggett

Carlota Lim

Zachary Lipman

Arick Little

Kit Little

Fran Locus

Randall Lomas

Kim Lounsbury

Terry Ludlow

Sue Lyon

Liz Lyons

Mark Macur

Randy Macur

Kara Magaro

Dale Maher

Kelly Maher

Steve Maher

Matt Maloney

Jane Manning

Inga Mannion

Jeanne Maoggi

Polly Maready

Tara Martin

Cindy Martinez

Dan Maslana

Judy Matthew

Kerry Mattimore

Donna May

Sophia McAuliffe

Pat McClintock

Allison McCutcheon

Margie McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin

Carlye Mecozzi

Donna Melvin

Kim Michels

Phyllis Mendoza

Debbie Merritt

Maggie Merritt

David Middleton

Lisa Miller

Maggie Miller

Valerie Miyashiro

Everett Mohatt

Laura Moore

Theresa Moore

Bob Moorefield

Denise Morgan

Chris Murphy

Suzanne Murphy

Antoinette Muti

Celeste Nava

Joanne Nix

Michael O’Brien

Lisa O'Connor

Kevin O'Dea

Lennie Olbrycht

Laura Orenberg

Amy Patnode

Dianne Patterson

Mike Payne

Jayme Pekarske

Carol Pendery

Paul Perazzo

Kat Peters

Laura Peters

Kelly Peterson

Keelie Petros

Ann Pons

Karen Price

Maria Primeau

Rich Puppione

Tami Raaker

Bill Radulovich

Adam Randall

Nancy Rae

Carol Raimondi

Laura Randazzo

Don Rathjen

Mary Reding

Jamie Renton

Len Reppond

Paula Richter

Kathleen Murray Rief

Paul Rinetti

Paul Robeck

Ken Rocha

Mary Ellen Rodda

Jim Rodgers

Jose Rosa

Jennifer Roush

Mary Rozelle

Betty Russell

Anita Sanchez

Guy Sanders

Kelly Sandler

Russell Sato

Chris Scarborough

Charles Schaff

Donna Schwabenland

Marc Schweitzer

Pauline Schroeder

Debbie Scott

Ron Searle

Janet Sears

Claudia See

Elizabeth Shackelford

Suzan Shoemaker

Maria Silversmith

Clif Simms

Rick Sira

Lori Sjodahl

Stacey Sklar

Amy Smith

Jeanette Smith

Maren Smith

Pam Smith

Patricia Smith

Alexandria Snow

Annette Sodergren

Shannon Sos

Dick Spicka

Sue Spiliotopolous

Linda Stanford

Shirley Stone

Vivian Straight

Terri Sullivan

Sharon Surrena

Traci Sweeney

Karen Swift

Beverly Taylor

John Taylor

Eric Thiel

Joan Thomas

Vivian Thorson

Pam Throne

Lois Treiber

Trudy Tully

Sue Usedom

Buzz Valente

Cynthia Vance

Erin van der Zee

Jan Van Niel

Lori Vella

Renee Vernon

Renee Verostek

Karen Vifian

Ken Villegas

Argie Vlamis

Mike Walsh

Sara Walsh

Susan Wells

Sherry Williams

Donna Willy

Mairi Wohlgemuth

Jan Woods

Cindy York

Ted Young

Paul Zarcone

Kendra Zierau

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