Spotlight On Classified Employees
2018 Classified Employees of the Year
A committee of PUSD district and site representatives selected the two District Classified Employees of the Year (one representing school sites and one representing district departments) based on work performance, contributions to the school district, and community service. The San Diego County Office of Education also sponsors a Classified Employee Recognition Program, honoring up to six members of the classified service for all of San Diego County.
This year’s Poway Unified nomination for the county-wide recognition is Michele Cass and Shelly Porter.
Michele Cass Administrative Assistant, Alternative Programs
Michele is known for many things – especially for
consistently providing above and beyond support for
administrators, teachers, staff, and students. And she does
so with a passion for the job and the students she serves.
Michele does so much more than her job description.She volunteers to organize the Adopt-a-Family program,
provides support for the Youth in Transition program, and has taken on leadership
roles to organize summer school and the summer graduation.
She has been described as efficient with any task, responsive to any and all
requests with a positive attitude, and happy to help others. Michele has a wonderful
attitude and is always supportive.
Michele faces the challenges of her job with integrity, honesty and a strong
work ethic. And she does all of this with a smile.
The library/media center is literally and figuratively the center of the Sunset Hills campus, and at the center of that you’ll find Shelley Porter. Shelley is one of the only educators at the school that sees each and every student on a weekly basis. She goes out of her way to make every visit to the library an experience where books come alive, real connections are made, and students have the opportunity to discover a love for learning. Shelley also opens her library to adults with special needs who come twice a week to help out in the library. Shelley is interested in more than just putting books into the hands of students. She is highly connected to what students need to be competitive in the 21st century and has made it a priority to assist teachers in incorporating technology into other aspects of their teaching. For the past several years Shelley has created a Thespian group with Sunset Hills’ 5th grade GATE reading students. She has introduced them to Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, and the Roman Empire and given them an opportunity to perform for fellow students, for parents, and in competition against other thespian groups in San Diego County. In short, Shelley goes above and beyond and helps wherever she is needed.