2017-2018 SVUSD Classified Employees of the Year

Kendra Taylor, Secretary (MVHS)

Kendra has been with SVUSD for 12 years. She started as a part time clerk at Cielo Vista in 2005, and has also been the Athletic Secretary at MVHS and Sub Caller in HR. She has been a Guidance Secretary at MVHS since 2009. Kendra loves the relationships she has formed with students, parents, and staff. She loves to help people in any way she can, and being in the front office gives her the opportunity to interact with many different people on a daily basis.

“Mission is like one big family and I feel blessed to have shared so many experiences with everyone.”

Kendra has been married to her husband, Brian, for twenty eight years, and they have three children together. All of their children have attended MVHS: Katie is currently finishing her second year of teaching Kindergarten in Irvine Unified; Josh just graduated from Northern Arizona University; and Zach is in his second year at Carnegie Mellon University. Their family also includes Ace and Oakley, their two yellow Labrador retrievers. Kendra loves all things sports related (the more action the better!), and enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.

From her nomination form: Kendra has an incredible work ethic. She is selfless and committed to do her best each day. In a nonstop office with multiple interruptions daily, Kendra looks to find solutions. Her colleagues, teachers, and students love her. She is an expert in her position. She handles multiple competing demands like a pro and smiling at the same time. I praise Kendra for her contributions and exceptional work at MVHS. She goes the extra mile every day.

Kelly Roberts, Animal Care Custodian (Trabuco Elementary)

Kelly has been with SVUSD since 2014, and in her current position since September, 2017. Kelly loves seeing the joy on children’s faces when they have a magic moment with the animals. Seeing the arena at Trabuco Elementary completed is one of her favorite memories in her current position:

“I feel like this was really the foundation for our students to be able to fully access the animals in a safe and open environment.”

She has been married for seventeen years to an incredibly supportive husband, and they have two daughters: Charley and Sierra, and a son, Skyler (who attends Trabuco Elementary). She loves horseback riding with her daughter and going to Huntington Dog beach with her family and her dogs. Kelly is looking forward to growing their program and reaching as many students as possible with hands-on STEM on the farm.

From her nomination form: She is always welcoming, positive, helpful, encouraging, and geared toward problem solving. Her primary concerns are always the safety of our students and the welfare of our animals. She consistently approaches the requirements detailed in her job description as the bare minimum of what she will accomplish, consistently goes over and above what’s required. She stands out as an exceptional employee because she is consistently outstanding! It’s important to her and a reflection of her work ethic that she put forth her best effort in all circumstances. We at Trabuco Elementary know what a gem she is and how thankful we are to work with her. She is both an excellent employee and an awesome coworker.

Alinda Togashi, Library Media Clerk (Cielo Vista)

Alinda has worked for SVUSD for five years. She is a UCLA Bruin and before working at SVUSD she performed financial reporting for San Francisco Focus magazine, then Edison International for ten years, prior to being a stay-athome mom (her favorite job!). Alinda loves working with all of the students, families, and staff at Cielo Vista: she likes to encourage students to enjoy and develop a love for reading and learning. She feels so fortunate to work with all of the students at Cielo Vista, and loves meeting students’ families when she is out and about RSM with her own family.

Alinda is grateful for her amazing family: her husband Richard (an Electrical Engineer at Broadcom), her oldest son, Riley (a senior at Trabuco Hills High and will be studying Chemical Biology at UC Berkeley in the Fall), her second son, Nolin (a sophmore at Trabuco Hills High), and Analisa, her daughter (a fifth grader at Cielo Vista). Riley, Nolin and Analisa have had amazing experiences with peers, teachers and staff at Cielo Vista Elementary, Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate and Trabuco Hills High.

Alinda and her family are so grateful to attend outstanding schools and be part of the Saddleback Valley community.

Alinda enjoys cheering on Riley and Nolin on at their Trabuco Hills High School track, cross country, and basketball events, and loves watching her fifth grader, Analisa, play recreational basketball. Alinda enjoys cooking and continuing to learn by keeping up her CPA continuing education hours. She also appreciates walks with friends around the RSM lake.

From her nomination form: Alinda’s welcoming and friendly demeanor makes it easy for students, parents, and teachers to approach her with questions, help, and encouragement. She has transformed our library from being a place to run in and check out a book, to a place of wonder and excitement for all students. Alinda is often fondly referred to as the “heart” of Cielo Vista. Alinda encompasses all of the valuable characteristics we look for in our welcoming family. We love and appreciate her caring nature, work ethic, kindness, and especially the way she loves and supports our Cielo Vista family.

2017-2018 CSEA Chapter 616 Scholarships Winners

Congratulations to our four student scholarship winners (each of them will receive a $1,000 scholarship), and our one career grant winner (who will receive a $500 grant).

Ariana Fernando, Student Scholarship Winner

Ariana is a senior at Trabuco Hills High School, and the daughter of Clara Fernando, who works at ETHS. She will be attending Westmont College in the fall, and plans to double major in business and accounting & finance. Ariana was a 1st Place Overall Female Soloist in May 2017, and has been an active volunteer at the Saddleback Food Pantry. James Alvarado, her former Latin teacher, stated: “Ariana is a spectacular student and one of the brightest I have taught in my ten years of teaching.” Her English teacher at THHS also shared: “She has consistently demonstrated a high level of teamwork and leadership skill…she is hard working, organized, and expresses her ideas clearly. She is a natural leader and serves as a role model…”

Cassidy Krucli, Student Scholarship Winner

Cassidy is a senior at Mission Viejo High School, and daughter of Sabrina Krucli who also works at MVHS. She will be attending San Diego State University in the fall, majoring in business with a minor in Spanish. Her hope is to work for a progressive business that will improve people’s lives. James Newton, AP at MVHS, shared that Cassidy “is intrinsically motivated to succeed and excels in everything she sets her mind to. Cassidy’s sense of moral purpose and philanthropic nature make her an exemplary student-leader.”

Riley Togashi, Student Scholarship Winner

Riley is a senior at Trabuco Hills High School, and the son of Alinda Togashi who works at Cielo Vista Elementary. Riley will be attending UC Berkley in the fall, and will be majoring in Chemical Biology. His goal is to continue his studies in graduate school and pursue a career in pharmaceutical research. Riley was accepted into the Advanced Biotechnology Summer Program at UC Berkeley during his freshman year. Mrs. Eichenberg from THHS stated, “Riley is a highly motivated student who consistently demonstrates maturity, a solid work ethic, self-discipline, and critical thinking skills…he demonstrated consistent leadership. He was always prepared, completed his work neatly and completely, and served as a leader in group work situations, and is a person that other students knew they could get help from.”

Nicholas Wolff, Student Scholarship Winner

Nicholas is a senior at Trabuco Hills High School, and is the son of Natsuko Wolff, a food service assistant at THHS. He plans on attending UCLA in the fall to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. His dream job is to be an aerospace engineer at SpaceX, designing rockets and propulsion systems for future space exploration. Mrs. Eichenberg wrote, “Nick demonstrates strong leadership skills. He is diplomatic but driven. He is well liked and respected by his peers because they know he comes prepared and willing to help them with their questions. He has demonstrated a high level of integrity, and he has an authentic, genuine demeanor.”

Fatima Mendoza, Career Grant Winner

Fatima is currently a Bilingual Parent Advocate at Cordillera Elementary, as well as interning at La Paz Intermediate with their school counselor. Fatima is currently seeking her Masters in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Service certificate and a concentration in School Family Based Counseling. A colleague of hers stated: “Fatima is an individual of excellent character, who is trustworthy and has excellent judgment. She has proved to be a hard worker and her cooperation with parents and school personnel. She takes direction and initiative very well, producing excellent work with others and independently.”

Please join us at our last chapter meeting for the school year on Tuesday, June 12th, at 4:45 p.m. in the District Office Board Room to help us award and celebrate these outstanding students!