RIVERSIDE – In late February, six unsuspecting educational employees from across Riverside County were surprised in their classrooms, offices, and multi-purpose rooms by the news that they had been selected as a 2014 Educators of the Year by the Riverside County Office of Education.
From a school counselor in Corona and a secretary in Jurupa Valley to a mental health program manager in Palm Springs and a principal in San Jacinto, the six educational professionals were selected from among the tens of thousands of educational employees that work throughout Riverside County to educate 430,000 students every year. The honorees will be officially recognized at the annual Celebrating Educators Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Riverside Convention Center.
“We started making the surprise announcements in person a few years ago. I felt it was important to bring the surprise recognition visits to the location where they do their excellent work every single day,” Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth M. Young said. “It’s been obvious from the reaction of the students and employees that these selections were right on target.”
The 2014 Riverside County Educators of the Year are as follows:
Classified Employee of the Year
Rita Beecher, Career Center Technician, Elsinore High School,
Lake Elsinore Unified School District
Certificated Administrator of the Year
Marcy Savage, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Perris Union High School District
Principal of the Year
Dr. Spencer Holtom, San Jacinto Elementary School
San Jacinto Unified School District
Classified Manager of the Year
Dr. J.M. Evosevich, Mental Health Program Manager
Palm Springs Unified School District
Confidential Employee of the Year
Jeanie Fortin, Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent
Jurupa Unified School District
Site Support Employee of the Year
Sarah Gonzalez, School Counselor, Orange Grove High School
Corona-Norco Unified School District
Educators of the year are selected by a committee comprised of Riverside County educators that review nominations, letters of recommendation, and other criteria. Committee members also conduct selected site visits and interviews as part of the selection process.