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Valley High School staff honored

Valley High School staff accept their awards at the CCEA conference held in San Diego on Saturday, September 18.

Staff at Valley High School were awarded Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Counselor of the Year, and Classified Person of the Year by the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA). Principal Cory Gregory, Teacher Catarina Garcia, Counselor Tara Monzet, and Bilingual Parent Liaison Monica Navarro were recognized at the Professional Awards Lunch on Saturday, September 18 during the CCEA conference held in San Diego.
Escondido Union High School Superintendent Anne Staffieri was named Superintendent of the Year and also was recognized during the lunch.
Valley is the continuation high school for the Escondido Union High School District. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and was one of 27 California continuation schools recognized as a California Model Continuation School by the California Department of Education this past spring. There are more than 400 continuation high schools across the state.
Two years ago, Valley implemented restorative practices as part of their culture on campus where students and staff come together to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. In the first year, the school saw a five percent decrease in suspensions.
“Valley High School is a special place where staff are committed to helping students who are most in need of support,” said Dr. Staffieri. “The entire Valley team emulates the school’s motto of ‘learning for all, whatever it takes’ through their ongoing dedication, efforts, and outcomes and are so deserving of the CCEA recognition.”
The educational experience at Valley is rooted in four core beliefs: positive relationships, personalization, an ethic of respect, and skilled professional teachers. Each student completes the school’s Responsibility Training Program (RTP) before enrolling in classes on campus. Students learn pro- social skills, alternatives to aggression, stress management, planning skills, and personal responsibility, and each Valley staff member is trained in using the structure of restorative practice to help create a positive, supportive school environment for all students and staff.

Valley High School staff celebrated their CCEA awards during lunch at the CCEA conference held in San Diego on Saturday, September 18. Some CCEA leadership members joined in the celebration.

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