Staff Updates

Gilbert Public Schools - Connecting, Creating, and Caring

Support Staff Appreciation Week

April 21, 2020

Dear GPS Family,

It's Support Staff Appreciation Week! Our school buildings may be closed but our support staff continue to make things happen for our students and families! Thank you to each and every one of you for stepping up during this time, and continuing to be examples of what makes Gilbert Public Schools so special.

Also, this week would have been our Employee of the Year celebration, a special time for us to get together and celebrate the best of the best! Under current circumstances, we are unfortunately unable to celebrate in person but please join me in congratulating all of our nominees and finalists! We look forward to celebrating you all and announcing the winners, in the future.

Please read on for important updates and celebrations, and as always thank YOU for all you continue to do for our students, families, and the district - I appreciate you!


Shane McCord, Ed. D.


Connect, Create, Care

Nutrition Services - Donated Masks

A big thank you to community members who donated masks to our Nutrition Services team! The team is out there Monday-Friday at eight locations across our district providing breakfast and lunch to over 5000 children! We are so grateful for your continued commitment to our students and families!

Best of Gilbert 2020 - Vote Now

It's that time of year again when we get to share with the Town of Gilbert just how much we love Gilbert Public Schools, our teachers, our schools, and our mascots. Please take a moment today to vote! Voting ends April 28 and you can vote one time per device per day! This is a great way for us all to celebrate GPS and all the Gilbert businesses, thank you!

Don't Forget: Benefits Enrollment 2020/21 Closes May 1st

Support Staff of the Year Finalists

Kiem Allison, Nutrition Services

“Kiem inspires me to be the best I can. She is a loving person who is welcoming to all. She constantly looks for ways to do better and improve processes. She is generous of her time and talent. Kiem inspires me to connect with others and her generosity translates in everything she does, whether she speaks to her staff, colleagues, parents or students. Once you have met Kiem, you have found a friend!”

Vicki Haro, Highland High

“Vicki has been making the impossible possible since day one. She should be the spokesperson for Excellent Customer Service! She consistently goes above and beyond what would typically be expected of her position. She always shows how much she cares for the culture at Highland. This genuine concern is a contagious feeling that has always made me proud to coach at Highland. When Vicki retires, she will leave a big hole not only at her job but in our hearts.”

Kevin Moeller, Highland Junior High

“Kevin inspires others to connect, create and care by example. He is always seen creating a campus that is safe, functioning and clean for everyone. He is readily available and works tirelessly to make sure our campus is the best that it can be. As a teacher, I feel that Kevin is always available to get what I need to be able to do my best in my classroom.”

Teacher of the Year Finalists

Charlene Fujino, Gilbert High School

“Char Fujino is an outstanding educator. She inspires her students to achieve their very best. As a math teacher, her students routinely come to her for help, even in later years when she is no longer their scheduled teacher. Students feel safe with her and know they will not be judged, only helped. She will always pursue a positive outcome for students, family and staff members. She cares deeply for her colleagues, and it shows in all she does for our campus community.”

Angelo Martins, Mesquite Elementary School

“Mr. Angelo Martins does a phenomenal job of being a creative teacher. He not only has down the science of teaching, he displays the art of the profession as well. He inspires a love of learning in his students on a daily basis. He is the teacher every child wants to have and every parent wants their child to have. He sets high expectations and his students achieve them. He makes learning relevant and he challenges his students to do their very best.”

Alexis Mason, South Valley Junior High School

“Alexis Mason is one of the most innovative, creative, dedicated, caring and inspiring teachers I have had the pleasure of working with. I have heard students say “I wish I could stay in this class all day”, “This is my favorite class”, and “I can’t believe I did this myself!”. Her room is a buzz of critical thinking and problem solving as students engage in hands-on activities and challenges. She inspires me each day and makes me a better teacher!”

Administrator of the Year Finalists

Albert Dutchover, Operations

“Albert has always shown the up-most respect to all his staff and everyone he comes in contact with. He always finds the positive in every situation. He inspires others by being considerate and willing to listen and motivates others to care for the things they do. His commitment is like no other; he is always making sure everything is operating in a timely manner and is willing to help in any way he can.”

Thea Hansen, Carol Rae Elementary School

“Thea is always trying to think of new ways to motivate students. She does not focus only on test scores, but also recognizes if someone does something extraordinary. Thea is always visible on campus. She wants everyone who comes here to feel welcome. She genuinely cares about the wellbeing of her staff and students and ensures everyone is acknowledged for doing their part to make Carol Rae the wonderful school it is. It is things like that that make Thea such a wonderful leader.”

Ryan Nelson, Technology Services

“Ryan is well respected by his peers for his consistent approach in how he handles himself and his expectations to do a great job. He is always willing to take on projects with a smile, knowing he is helping the district. Mr. Nelson serves as an example to others by showing he cares by his consistent follow-up and positive communications. This selfless attitude makes him a great team player and an asset to not only Technology Services but GPS. “