TVUSD Employees of the Year

2020/21 School Year

January 19, 2021

Annually, TVUSD participates in the Employee of the Year process, which aligns with the County and State's timelines. The currently recognized categories do not include teachers of the year. They are selected in March, consistent with the timelines.


For the current process, TVUSD employees submit nominations for six categories to recognize their colleagues. This year, over 160 nominations were received. Every nominee receives a copy of their nominator's comments.


This morning, TVUSD Superintendent Jodi McClay and the District's leadership team members made the surprise announcements to the six selected TVUSD employees via the District's live Youtube channel.

Congratulations 2021 TVUSD Employees of the Year!

Below are the names of the selected employees and a summary of the nominations they received.

Counselor of the Year - Erin Nelson, Gardner Middle School

Over the last year, we have experienced a great many challenges. We have all had to adapt to changes in the way our students experience school. In particular, one counselor has gone above and beyond to meet student, parent, and teacher needs. She has put in countless hours working on creating schedules and working on every detail. Besides this, she has made herself available to her students and developed relationships with them during the pandemic. She is an amazing person, and I am proud to have her at our school.

Classified Employee of the Year - Kim Haupt, BASES Program Technician

When I saw this nomination email come through, I automatically thought of this person! She works tirelessly for our program and always does so with a positive attitude! She is dependable, efficient, and gives so much attention to detail. I genuinely feel she is the backbone of our program! She is a huge asset and 100% deserves this award!

Site Support Employee of the Year - Amanda Chapman, TVUSD Lead Nurse

This person took on a new position this year amid a global pandemic. She has been working day and night to help the district and our team safely bring kids back to school. She is an amazing person and employee. She gives so much of herself to her job and does it with the kind of grace rarely seen, and I admire and respect her immensely. She is the bravest person I know, and I value her as our lead and as a friend. She deserves to be employee of the year!

Principal of the Year - Lisa Brown, LaVorgna Elementary School

She has always been a well organized, bright principal, but during our current covid situation, she has gone above and beyond. She has been flawless in how she takes on the obstacles that seem to change daily, how she directs and leads our team, and supports our teachers and us. She brainstorms brilliant ways to overcome situations, she never falters in her smile, and she keeps going. Her continued dedication to the support of parents and students at home is unparalleled. She has been a true leader in the face of this pandemic to her staff and a true caretaker of her students and every single parent. I'm beyond grateful to have such a versatile dedicated leader of our school.

Certificated Administrator of the Year - David Schlottman, Administrator on Special Assignment - EL Programs

This person has become the caretaker for everything related to TVUSD English learners. He works with energetic enthusiasm to ensure that our district is doing everything possible to ensure our English learners' involvement and success. Using his bilingual skills, he keeps our Spanish-speaking families connected. This year, he has taken on the Chinese community by providing parent and student support in Mandarin, utilizing our TVUSD translator and the DELAC president. David ensures that even our most vulnerable students are given equitable learning opportunities.

Classified Administrator of the Year - Joe Mueller, Director of Human Resources

When I think of the district staff members who have most impacted my work in difficult times, this person rises to the top. He has literally served as a lifeline for me over the last five years. Whether it's merely taking the time to listen and offer solutions or walking through a new process or scenario, he responds quickly and patiently. He offers to help however and whenever he can. He countlessly shoulders the burden and always remembers what it's like to be a site administrator, and he never forgets to put our students and staff first. He loves TVUSD and serves us in a manner that makes us feel special and supported. I am thankful for his consistent help!

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TVUSD Employee of the Year Announcements

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