Sharon Raffiee, Ed.D.

CERTIFICATED ADMINISTRATOR
OF THE YEAR

Sharon Raffiee

Executive Director
Personnel Services
San Jacinto USD

MESSAGE

“My journey has been long and winding. There have been so many people along the way who have inspired, encouraged, and appreciated my efforts. My three children were so understanding as I completed my credential program, always working with me to help. The gentle atmosphere of St. Edward Catholic School gave me a love for the vocation of teaching and support of ALL children. My years at Raney Intermediate School in Corona and the students of the International Baccalaureate Program helped me to crystalize my vision of education. Thank you Don Ward for your tutelage and guidance in those years. Thank you to all of my fellow teachers who taught me so much. But most importantly, I am grateful for the hundreds of children that have passed through my life. They have taught me to be humble, fun-loving, forgiving, and rigorous. They are the gift given to all of us.”

CERTIFICATED ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR

Sharon Raffiee
Executive Director
Personnel Services
San Jacinto USD

MESSAGE: “My journey has been long and winding. There have been so many people along the way who have inspired, encouraged, and appreciated my efforts. My three children were so understanding as I completed my credential program, always working with me to help. The gentle atmosphere of St. Edward Catholic School gave me a love for the vocation of teaching and support of ALL children. My years at Raney Intermediate School in Corona and the students of the International Baccalaureate Program helped me to crystalize my vision of education. Thank you Don Ward for your tutelage and guidance in those years. Thank you to all of my fellow teachers who taught me so much. But most importantly, I am grateful for the hundreds of children that have passed through my life. They have taught me to be humble, fun-loving, forgiving, and rigorous. They are the gift given to all of us.”


Biography

A recurring problem faced by Personnel, Dr. Sharon Raffiee finds, is recruiting and retaining a quality teaching staff. Oftentimes, teachers are hired without any idea of the environment of the school they are teaching in and feel lost. It is not enough to hire great teachers if they do not have a clear idea of the setting in which they will teach. In response to this concern, Dr. Raffiee created the New Teacher Academy (NTA). NTA is a mandatory course taken by new teachers in San Jacinto USD prior to starting the school year. The program gives teachers tools to be successful in a new classroom. Dr. Raffiee believes that having a professional development plan helps teachers feel confident in their classrooms and more likely to remain in he position. Dr. Raffiee’s colleague has noted that thanks to her work, the teacher retention rate has increased substantially and “she puts the needs of our students first and is an equity champion.”