GGUSD Board of Education Honors Employees of the Year

Photo of Manjit Charaia, one of the GGUSD Employee of the Year Honorees

The Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education honored 12 outstanding employees during its meeting on June 6, 2023.

The employees honored were the district’s nine nominees to the Orange County Department of Education’s (OCDE) 2023 Classified Employee of the Year program as well as the district’s three nominees for OCDE’s 2024 Teacher of the Year program. Among the district nominees, Senior Programmer Analyst Manjit Charaia was one of nine classified employees from across Orange County to be named an Orange County Finalist and Alamitos Intermediate School Teacher Monique Becerra was one of 15 teachers from across all of Orange County to be named an Orange County Semifinalist.

“GGUSD is full of amazing educators and staff who share a commitment to putting students first,” said Board of Education Vice President Teri Rocco. “We are so proud of these exemplary employees who have truly left their mark on this district, our schools and countless students.”

GGUSD’s nominees for Orange County Classified Employee of the Year include:

  • Jennifer Nishikawa, Secretary to the Superintendent
  • Paul Kemp, Plant Supervisor at Los Amigos High School
  • Renee Buckley, Food Services Lead at Jordan’s Adult Transition Program
  • Lian Baker, Interpreter/Translator for the Office of Special Education and Student Services
  • Giao Chu, Preschool Instructional Aide at Brookhurst Elementary School
  • LaVern Broadnax, Campus Safety Assistant at Santiago High School
  • John Gras, Cabinet Maker
  • Manjit Charaia, Senior Programmer Analyst
  • David Valdez, School Bus Driver

GGUSD’s nominees for Orange County Teacher of the Year include:

  • Meghan Fusillo, sixth grade teacher at Paine Elementary School
  • Rolando Nunez, sixth grade dual immersion teacher at Monroe Elementary Language Academy
  • Monique Becerra, English Language Arts and Journalism teacher at Alamitos Intermediate School