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Clean freak, techie, chef garner VIP awards

Board members honored three employees at the Humboldt Unified School District governing board meeting on July 21 with the VIP award - two from the Food and Nutrition department and one from Information Services.

IT Director Patrick Keeling nominated Toy Tago, information services technician, for his talents working with classroom technology. Tago installs, troubleshoots and maintains the projectors, sound systems, student responders, interactive white boards, slates, document cameras, teacher computers and student laptops.

Keeling said Tago took on multiple large projects with the district, including the annual testing and maintenance of more than 320 projectors.

"Toy was also a critical part of our migration to Windows 7, imaging, and upgrading hundreds of computers districtwide," Keeling said, adding that Tago is self-motivated and seeks new opportunities to learn.

Director of Food and Nutrition Tami Hitt-Wyant told board members that Jeanne Hernandez's peers nominated Hernandez for classified VIP of the month. Hernandez has been with the district for 19 years and currently works in the Liberty Traditional School cafeteria, going above and beyond her job responsibilities and expectations.

"She will step up and help out anywhere anytime without being asked. Whether it is helping with student guidance in the cafeteria or with food prep and doing dishes, she is the first to step up and get the job done," Hitt-Wyant said.

Hernandez, as manager, will not delegate undesirable tasks, but prefers to take the lead on heavy lifting and deep cleaning projects, Hitt-Wyant added. When the school was audited, it was "business as usual" because Liberty F&N team members are "clean freaks" and Hernandez treats every day as if it were an audit day.

Hitt-Wyant also nominated Jessica Nobre as VIP for her willingness to learn and her professional demeanor. Nobre, employed at Granville Elementary School for three years, is an excellent cook, Hitt-Wyant said.

"Jessica knows the importance of having a job that you love and a job where you can make a difference," she said.

Nobre is a program advisor for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, a nutrition and physical activity program that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school. She also applied for a $4,000 grant, and is using the money for playground equipment and for paint, banners and materials to brighten up the cafeteria.

Credit Union West Branch Manager Kiona Bell presented each VIP with a $50 gift card.

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