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Quick wit, web skills, motivator describe Bradshaw’s honorees
School board honors high school’s certified, classified, volunteer VIPs

Three very important people — employees and a volunteer of the Humboldt Unified School District — stood in front of the governing board and members of the audience Jan. 5 as they received the VIP honors for Bradshaw Mountain High School.

Francisco Ortiz, marketing teacher and DECA sponsor, was honored for his professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm.

“His second career is in stand-up comedy, which aids him well in keeping his students’ attention through the use of humor and quick wit. It is for this reason that he has very little classroom management issues,” said BMHS Principal Kort Miner.

As the school’s DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) sponsor, Ortiz prepares students in marketing, finance, hospitality and management; his students compete in state and national competitions. They also are planning to open the “DECafe” which will give hands-on experience in marketing and management.

Dawn Williams, Miner’s administrative assistant, received the classified VIP award for her professionalism, organizational skills, Facebook and website knowledge, and membership on the school’s SITE council.

Miner said Williams often can be found helping the registrar, discipline secretary, and those at the front desk when things get busy. “Dawn’s impact on the campus — from day-to-day operations to all of the stuff she does behind the scenes — makes her invaluable. She is truly an asset to the school and to the district. She makes us look good.”

The third important person is volunteer Becky Renfroe who has worked one day a week for the past three years in Bennie Bennett’s classroom.

Renfroe collaborates with Bennett on classroom strategies including motivating and encouraging students in The Learning Center and the Credit Recovery program. For example, she created a notebook with math formulas, or “how to” steps, as a resource for students.

“She is truly a fine example of helpfulness and consistency for which we are all very grateful,” Miner said.

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