Murrieta Valley High School
Murrieta Valley USD
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
MESSAGE: “It is my honor and privilege to receive this award on behalf of Murrieta Valley High School, Murrieta Valley Unified, and Riverside County. I would like to thank Mr. Stephen Diephouse, Ryan Tukua, and Dr. Mark Pettengill for realizing that student growth goes beyond the classroom. At Murrieta Valley High School, student recognition for their part in citizenship and accountability has developed a positive school culture that extends beyond a report card. Preparing young men and women for life’s challenges, circumstances, rewards, and disappointments is a must in today’s educational process. Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Pat Kelley, Mr. Darren Daniels, and Mrs. Leigh Lockwood for recognizing and embracing the importance of this type of school culture at our high schools. It is our desire to have graduates prepared for all of life challenges, as we as adults know what is coming their way.”
In the words of his colleague, Mr. Ronald Nelson understands that as a campus supervisor his job is not to play “gotcha,” but to build relationships with students, and to encourage them while treating them with “tough love.” Mr. Nelson has strived to change student perceptions of campus security as figures of harsh discipline and negativity, while working to be a positive influencer and role model to students. This is especially apt, seeing as “positive recognition for positive behavior” is a popular mantra at Murrieta Valley High School. To show their support for students, the campus security team created an awards breakfast for students who demonstrate outstanding citizenship. This was implemented as a way to recognize influencers on campus who are not the usual star athletes, scholars, or student government leaders. The students chosen for the award demonstrate kindness to others and initiative to improve their environment for others. Recognizing these students instills a sense of community pride and unity.