Classified Administrator of the Year
Corona-Norco Unified School District
Not many school employees’ cell phones have the one-touch speed dial access to ABC7 Eyewitness News, all district board members, every Cabinet member, L.A. Times reporters, multiple police chiefs, and school site staff members from most of the 50 schools in the district. As the Communications Manager for the largest district in the Inland Empire, Evita Tapia-Gonzalez is perpetually one phone call away from diffusing a potential school crisis, responding to an urgent media request, or learning about an exciting school/student accomplishment that deserves publicity on social media or via the CNUSD Connection online publication she created. As a graduate of CNUSD schools, Evita not only leads the district communications staff and develops strategic communications plans, but sees her role as that of engaging and connecting the distinctly different local communities of Eastvale, Norco, and Corona, with relevant and timely information that tells the diverse stories of education.