The Escondido Union Elementary School District last week honored its district employees of the year.
Teachers of the Year
Dave Peterson was one of two named District Teachers of the Year.
After working in the business sector, Dave Peterson taught in Orange County for six years. He then relocated to San Diego and began his career with EUSD. He has taught 4th and 5th grade at Juniper Elementary school for nearly two decades — and remains at Juniper today as a 5th grade teacher.
Over the years, Peterson has mentored student teachers and made long-lasting community connections. He has been involved in EUSD’s most innovative programs: iREAD and Project LIVE. These programs gave his students increased access to classroom technology and earned them countless awards as young filmmakers.
A philosophy Peterson teaches his students is that effort and attitude are within our control and will take us a long way toward reaching our goals. If you ask him how things are going, the response will invariably be “everything is fantastic!”
Lana Albertson is the other Teacher of the Year. Albertson is currently a science teacher at Bear Valley Middle School, with experience teaching both regular and special education across many grade levels. She has taken on several leadership roles throughout her career, including: mentoring new teachers, participating in EUSD’s grant-funded STEM Initiative, and serving as the science department chair. She pursues innovation, recently integrating a student-choice-centered genius hour routine in her classroom.
Albertson has her teaching philosophy posted on her door: “We are becoming lifelong learners. I believe that each student in this class is entitled to a learning environment that allows students to be risk takers, to make mistakes and try again.”
Albertson wants students to have fun learning, so they love coming to class. She is most excited to hear when students consider science as a possible career.
District Classified Employee of the Year
Bulmaro Vigil demonstrates on a daily basis his dedication as a professional and works cooperatively with fellow workers, faculty and administrative staff. He is always willing to accomplish any task assigned to him and to help anyone who requires assistance. He is the first to volunteer for the toughest assignments and always follows any directives by saying “It begins with me.” He has the respect of the entire custodial and maintenance staff and treats everyone with respect and professionalism. His customer service is top notch.
Vigil is self-motivated and shows great interest in not only his job, but at any school site he works at. He is frequently requested by his coworkers and sites for assistance, in which he lends his skills and expertise to accomplish the goals required to complete the job on time. He serves as a mentor to new permanent employees and substitute employees, and is often asked to not only train new employees but also fill in for day custodians at the sites when emergencies pop up. He has volunteered to work overtime, on his scheduled days off, and to stay late to complete a task, and never has complained about going the extra mile.
His work ethic is superb, the quality of his work is excellent, his attitude and attendance outstanding, and he is admired by all the school sites, his fellow coworkers, and the supervisory staff in Maintenance and Operations.
District Administrator of the Year
Cesar Carrasco came to the district in 2002 and has served as an assistant principal as well as a principal at two of our school sites. He is a hard-working instructional leader who is both student centered and a champion for his staff. He is always striving to apply his knowledge and experience to ensure that our students have the opportunity to actualize their human potential.