CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Val Verde USD
Ms. Brancato’s efforts to launch a STEAM-focused attendance recovery program on Saturdays has garnered countywide attention and helped recover more than $5 million dollars in attendance funds in 2016-2017. As a result, Val Verde USD posted one of the highest attendance rates among all school districts in Riverside County. She has helped start, support, and present to other educators about innovative programs that engage students and families at Vista Verde Middle School. In her application, Ms. Brancato states how she “believes in people and with the difference we can make in one another” and that “the youth of this era need to see this demonstrated among us as adults.” In her two decades in education, she continues to be a force for positive change while her caring approach for all students has led her and her husband to become foster parents themselves.