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WCCUSD hosts 34th Annual You Make a Difference Awards

The West Contra Costa Unified School District and its Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC) held the 34th Annual You Make A Difference Awards on Friday, March 12, 2021, via Zoom.

In a virtual ceremony, 16 individuals and/or organizations were honored in seven different categories for making a difference in the lives of WCCUSD's Special Education students. Congratulations to all the honorees.

The individuals and organizations were honored in the following categories:

  • Jake Rockeman Award
    • Nolan Wu - Tara Hills Elementary
  • Administrators
    • Christopher Pierce – De Anza High School
    • Rachel Avanessian, Sonja Neely-Johnson, Jodi Couick, Special Education Team
  • General Education Teacher
    • Amy Garzon – Tara Hills Elementary School
  • Special Education Teachers
    • Isaac Chavez - Adaptive Physical Education
    • Maria Evelyn Smith – Coronado Elementary School
    • Sherie Roberts - Mira Vista K-8 School
    • Suzanne Schultz  - Crespi Middle School
    • Cristian Barnell - El Cerrito High School  
  • Related Services 
    • Helen Miller – W.A.T.R. AT Specialist 
    • Mayra Covarrubias-Ornelas - Downer Elementary School
  • Classroom Support 
    • Deborah Jacobson – Crespi Middle School
    • Antoinette “Toni” Banuelos – Tara Hills Elementary School
  • Brian Rutford Memorial Service Award
    • Tonette Johnson and First Student Team