•                                 You Make a Difference Awards 

    The Community Advisory Committee for Special Education hosted its annual, "You Make a Difference Awards" ceremony on Friday, March 4, 2022. 

    The CAC chooses honorees for this award from nominations of teachers, related service providers, school staff members, administrators, parents, and community members who have gone above and beyond in their service to students with exceptional needs in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.  

    In addition to the You Make a Difference Award, the CAC has introduced the Jake Rockeman Award - named for a former student, to honor students who have made exceptional effort to support and include their special education peers; and the Brian Rutford Memorial Service award, named for the former manager of First Student, to honor a transportation provider who has demonstrated excellence in service. 

    WCCUSD You Make A Difference 2022


    You Make A Difference 2022 Honorees

    Jake Rockeman Award

    Alexa Edwards                              Madera Elementary School

    Alexandra "Lexie" President          Fairmont Elementary School

    Zayden Anderson                          Fairmont Elementary School

    You Make a Difference Award

    Jill Brickner                                    Lead District Registered Nurse

    Adam McCormick                          Special Education Teacher - Harding Elementary School

    Iva Palmer                                     Special Education Full Inclusion Teacher - El Cerrito High School

    Andrea Garcia-Perez                     Special Education Teacher - Coronado Elementary School 

    Sara Parks                                    Special Education Preschool Teacher - Tara Hills Elementary

    Reva Kidd                                     General Education Teacher Fairmont Elementary School

    Josiah Hooper                               BACR Counselor - Chavez Elementary School

    Patsy Carson                                 Instructional Aide - El Cerrito High School

    Jessica Ong                                  Speech Therapist – Cameron/Tara Hills Preschool 

    Belinda “Bindy” Graul &                 El Cerrito Recreation Department
    Ariane Victoria Pelley

    Brian Rutford Memorial Service Award  

    Dulce Lopez                                  First Student Transportation   

    View last March's virtual You Make a Difference Ceremony here  You Make a Difference Awards 2021