Karl Melzer

Karl Melzer


Instructional Publication Center Manager
Hemet USD


“I am humbled and honored to receive this great award. Every day, I come to work with the goal to provide the best customer service for our teachers, support staff, and students. I would like to thank my staff who work in the trenches every day: Adriana Castellano, Cheryl Cates, Amy Lara, John Montgomery, Katherine Owens, Mary Rueda, Shawn Turner and Roz Vega. Thank you for all of your hard work. You truly are making a difference in education. I would also like to thank the leadership team at Hemet USD: Christi Barrett, Tracy Chambers, Vince Christakos, Darel Hansen and Andrew McGuire for sharing in my vision of being the premier choice in education.


Many educators take for granted that the forms, documents, and paperwork they need will be available when they need them. In Hemet USD, that means that one or more of the nine employees in Karl Melzer’s publication center has likely produced those materials. Far more than photocopies, these items represent the curriculum and tools that teachers rely on in order for student learning to take place. Additionally, the team’s entrepreneurial efforts now produce promotional materials and spirit wear for the entire district and community. Many of his strategies have been embraced by school districts across southern California looking to maximize the funds that taxpayers provide to schools. Mr. Melzer’s approach goes beyond providing excellent customer service. He develops open lines of communication with the school sites, classroom teachers, and community groups served by his print shop’s output. He is also a member of the IHEARTDOGS Association that provides service dogs to veterans.