Jodi Spoon-Sadlon

Jodi Spoon-Sadlon


School Counselor, Lisa J. Mails and Tovashal Elementary Schools
Murrieta Valley USD


“WOW! Talk about surreal and incredibly enlightening. Words cannot express how appreciative I feel for receiving this award. I would like to thank my parents Nomi and John for their commitment to providing educational opportunities throughout my childhood. I want to send a huge hug to my husband (Don) and our children (Kalia, Forrest, and River) for their encouragement and support every single day. To my colleagues at the Murrieta Valley USD and Tovashal and Lisa J. Mails Elementary School campuses: Thank you for the privilege of working alongside the best staff a counselor could ever hope to work with to impact the lives of children every year! My journey as a counselor was inspired by the work of Dr. Maria Montessori and meeting the needs of the “whole child.” Finally, I’d like to thank Dean Lesicko and Dr. Martin Quisenberry for your unending support and faith in me!”


Jodi Spoon-Sadlon is in the construction business—even though she doesn’t don a hard hat or a tool belt. With every presentation, or interaction, she is building a social-emotional bridge between students and their school while also developing the all-important connection between parents and schools. In her seven years as an elementary school counselor in Murrieta Valley USD, she has proven the importance and value of her role by leading in-classroom and parent workshops on cyber-bullying, the importance of attendance, Internet security, and much more. Her advocacy and impact has compelled the district to increase the number of elementary school counselors to seven. Embodying the principles of The Great Kindness Challenge within her district is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her community involvement that extends to serving Thanksgiving dinner meals to group home kids, volunteering with Operation Santa Claus, coordinating food drives, and even leading fundraising campaigns to send aid to Kenya and Pakistan.