Congratulations, DMUSD January 2017 Employees of the Month!
Del Mar Union School District
Certificated Employees of the Month
Ashley Falls School – Andrea Peddycord, Kindergarten Teacher
Ashley Falls’ is thrilled to recognize Andrea Peddycord as our Employee of the Month! Andrea is a skilled and dedicated teacher who is always willing to go above and beyond to support her students. This year, Andrea and her team have taken a deeper look at their literacy program and the instructional shifts needed in our changing world. She took the lead in implementing LLI for her students and helping to train and model for other staff as well. Andrea is constantly monitoring and adjusting her instruction in all subject areas to meet the needs of her students. She builds connections between subject areas and pushes students to be deeper thinkers. She helps our youngest learners build ownership and develop not only academic skills but also social and emotional skills through her caring and guiding approach. We are so fortunate to have Mrs. Peddycord here to support our students, staff, and families.
Carmel Del Mar School – Shannon Knipstein, Sixth Grade Teacher
Carmel Del Mar School is proud to honor Shannon Knipstein as our January Employee of the Month. Mrs. Knipstein has been an attentive teacher at CDM for almost 20 years. She recently made the change from 2nd to 6th grade and has done an incredible job nurturing and educating our oldest students on campus. Mrs. Knipstein contributes to our school community and teaches with a love that is contagious. She is a skilled collaborator, fabulous team member, and shows a dedication to her students that goes above and beyond. Congratulations Mrs. Knipstein!
Del Mar Heights School – Jasmyn Tanner, Fifth Grade Teacher
Del Mar Hills Academy – Hilary Wilson, First Grade Teacher
Hilary believes being able to effectively communicate through writing is an essential life-long skill, so when you walk into her classroom you frequently see her SurfRiders engaged in authentic writing tasks. As a result, her students have shown tremendous progress in their ability to share their opinions, tell stories, and to present information through writing.
Hilary Wilson has been a member of the Del Mar Hills team since the beginning of her teaching career and is often willing to share the historical narrative of our school. We are grateful for her participation on the School Site Council where her input helps us make important decisions about the most effective ways to help all students achieve. Congratulations Hilary, and thank you for playing a significant role in our SurfRiders’ educational path toward getting ready for college!
Ocean Air School – Haley Kantner, Third Grade Teacher
Sage Canyon School – Cindy Nicoll, Sixth Grade Teacher
Sycamore Ridge School – Jeni Cass, First Grade Teacher
Torrey Hills School – Mary Gerringer, Special Day Class Teacher
Mary trains, supports, and collaborates with all the instructional assistants in our special education upper grade class. Her classroom is a high functioning, energetic place in which students and adults understand there are high expectations for rigorous learning and compassionate living. Students treat each other well and collaborate effectively. Mrs. Gerringer works closely with general education teachers to maximize students’ opportunities to learn in the most optimal environments. Mary is a leader on our Special Education Team. She challenges herself to learn new strategies and generously shares her knowledge with others. Most importantly, Mary is a helpful, kindhearted person who supports families, colleagues, and kids in everything she does. She is someone to admire, someone to emulate, and a valued member of our team
Early Childhood Education – Haley Harrington, Preschool Special Education Teacher
District Office – Shirley Bales, Program Assistant, Instructional Services
Shirley Bales is a valued member of the District Instructional Services team! Shirley is highly organized and works diligently to meet the needs of DMUSD families and their children. Additionally, she assists with the coordination of the many professional learning opportunities throughout the district ensuring they go off without a hitch! Shirley is always friendly and happy to take on any task asked of her. She meets every demand with a can-do attitude and is integral to our daily work. Thank you for all you do, Shirley! Congratulations on being selected as the district office employee of the month.