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May 4, 2012 > New Haven recognizes teacher and employee excellence

New Haven recognizes teacher and employee excellence

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Todd Szyslowski, a special education teacher for preschool students at the Cabello Student Support Center, has been selected as the New Haven Unified School District's Teacher of the Year, as announced during the recent Board of Education meeting. Celia Raygoza, a New Haven employee for more than 40 years and the "matriarch" of the District's Migrant Education program, was named Classified Employee of the Year.

Mr. Szyslowski teaches hearing impaired, speech and language delayed and autistic children, as well as students with medical disabilities at Cabello, in a "vibrant and energetic" classroom. He often uses his art background to help students who struggle with expression. He drafted a mural for one of the school walls, serves as a first aid and CPR instructor and a member of the site disaster plan team and provides a bridge between special education and the general education staff.

A New Haven employee since 1971, Ms. Raygoza works out of the New Haven Adult School but serves the entire District. She monitors academic, health and social progress for approximately 100 students, many of whom she has located and recruited through home visits, visits to migrant worksites and contacts with various community organizations. She co-runs an after-school tutoring program and is well known in the community for collecting donations of clothing and household items for needy families.

The Board of Education also recognized Teachers of the Year and Classified Employees of the Year from each District site.

Teachers of the Year: Roxanne Ramirez (Alvarado Elementary), Rita Davis (Eastin), Cynthia Tria (Emanuele), Janet Keane (Hillview Crest), Allison Sayavong (Kitayama), Julie Click (Pioneer), Megan Northcote (Searles), Jennifer Nemecek (Alvarado Middle), LaShawn Lively (Cesar Chavez), Alicia Elbert (James Logan), Heather Thorner (Conley-Caraballo), Zenaida Luna (New Haven Adult), Todd Szyslowski (Cabello Student Support Center).

Classified Employees of the Year: Yurani Maycotte de Perez (Alvarado Elementary), Amy Alvarez (Eastin), Juan Castaneda (Emanuele), Blanca Sanchez (Hillview Crest), Ken Baer (Kitayama), Kathleen Daniello (Pioneer), Jane Greaney (Searles), Tanya Leno (Alvarado Middle), Karen Gardner (Cesar Chavez), Christopher Perry (James Logan), Sue Glenn (Conley-Caraballo), Celia Raygoza (New Haven Adult), Elizabeth Carcallas (Educational Services Center), Tony Zamora (Cabello Student Support Center), Mark Martin (Corporation Yard), Rafaela Reynoso (Food Services).

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