Mrs. Samaniego has established the GEM Award to recognize DUSD staff.  Any District employee can nominate an individual whom they feel exhibits outstanding moral integrity, has gone above and beyond the call of duty, for Going the Extra Mile, and/or exemplifies DUSD's mission, vision, and values.  

Qualifications: Someone who exhibits integrity, a positive attitude, a spirit of excellence in their daily work, and a dedication to DUSD and students throughout their interaction and work.  Someone who "goes the extra mile", makes the DUSD family stronger and contributes to the District's environment.  The nominee exemplifies DUSD's mission, vision, and values.

Nominations are due by 4:00 p.m. on the last day of each month.

Here is the nomination form: 

CONGRATULATIONS to our recent GEM Award recipients:

  • Ms. Jessica Ruiz, Custodian, District Office - October 2023

  • Mrs. Joanie Duarte, PreSchool Teacher, Stevenson - November 2023

  • Ms. Priscilla Cordova, New Teacher Induction Coach, CFPD - December 2023

  • Mrs. Denises Badilla, Mail Clerk - January 2024

  • Ms. Pahola Rojo, Teacher, DHS - February 2024

  • Ms. Alejandra Yanez, Athletics Secretary, DHS - March 2024

  • Mrs. Yahaira Leafstone, Teacher, Sarah Marley - April 2024

  • Mrs. Prisilla Gracia, Administrative Assistant, Child Nutrition Dept. - May 2024