Deborah Leon is named one of county’s Classified School Employees of the Year
Deborah Leon, a kitchen operator at Poplar Elementary School at the Fontana Unified School District, is being honored as one of the Classified School Employees of the Year by the San Bernardino County Board of Education.
Ms. Leon is one of five award recipients, represent approximately 18,000 classified workers across the county’s 33 school districts and 540 schools, who will be recognized during a ceremony this month. “I applaud the dedication and commitment our classified staff members provide daily to help our schools and districts run efficiently,” County Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. “It is an honor to join our County Board of Education in recognizing this year’s classified school employees of the year for their outstanding work that supports our students and schools.”
"I love what I do, and I love the kids," said Ms. Leon, who has been employed in the district for 31 years, including the past 17 years at Poplar.
Darlene Meyers, Principal of Poplar Elementary School, said Ms. Leon’s positive personality is appreciated by students. “She works well with everybody and has a great attitude that spreads throughout the environment she creates in the kitchen,” wrote Ms. Meyers in her nomination for Ms. Leon.
This is the 10th year the California Department of Education has offered the Classified Employees of the Year program. County nominees were submitted by their school districts and selected by a judging panel for the statewide program. The county winners advance to a California Classified Employees of the Year competition. The state recipients will be announced later in the spring.