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Classified Employee of the Year

Angela Rivers, executive secretary in the Office of School Support Services, has earned the Classified Employee of the Year Award from the Long Beach Unified School District.  The award was announced during a recent celebration in honor of classified employees.

“I’m so humbled and thankful,” Rivers said.  “I never thought that I would win because I know a lot of the ladies on the list, and they’re awesome.  But it feels good.  I feel like I’m floating on cloud nine right now.  I love the Long Beach Unified School District.”

Nominated by several of her colleagues, Rivers was praised for maintaining a professional, positive demeanor despite a challenging workload.

“Every person that Angela comes in contact with is well supported and treated with dignity and respect,” wrote colleague Markena Kirkwood.  “She goes out of her way to make sure that every person who calls or visits the office is welcomed and helped to the best of her ability.  She always shows genuine commitment to everything she does with a positive attitude.  She is very helpful and uses her time efficiently and wisely.”

More than 70 nominations submitted for the award were narrowed down to seven finalists, including Rivers.  Nominations were submitted by colleagues and reviewed by a committee of classified employees.  The winner and finalists also were honored at the June 12 Board of Education meeting.

The six other finalists were Joanne Begley, secretary at Tucker/Student Health Services; Jammy Espinoza, middle school office supervisor at Jefferson; Karen Kemp, supervisor at Human Resource Services; Gail McCullough, secretary at the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development; Michelle Olsen, intermediate office assistant at MacArthur; and Jackie Scarborough, elementary office supervisor at Lowell.

EXEMPLARY EMPLOYEE – Personnel Commission Executive Director Kenneth Kato presents the Classified Employee of the Year Award to Angela Rivers, executive secretary for the Office of School Support Services.