Middle High School Counselor Rebecca Rubio and Elementary School Attendance Clerk Zandra Miller were named Lucerne Valley Unified School District Employees of the Month during Thursday’s monthly meeting of the district’s governing board.
Friends and family members were in attendance during the presentation ceremony, which was conducted by Superintendent Peter Livingston. The employees were congratulated by the district’s school board.
Rebecca Rubio, Certificated Employee
Principal Nate Lambdin spoke about Rebecca Rubio’s numerous contributions to the LVMHS campus since her addition a year and a half ago. Rubio has been instrumental in building programs and activities to help students achieve success, he said.
“She effectively collaborates with teachers and parents on early identification and intervention of student’s academic and social/emotional needs, which is essential in removing barriers to learning and developing skills and behaviors critical for academic achievement,” according to Lambdin’s nomination letter, which was shared by Mr. Livingston.
Ms. Rubio hosts financial aid workshops, works as the VVC Bridge counselor to ensure that all of our seniors have the opportunity to enroll at our local community college and receive a personalized education plans in order to get priority registration their first year. She was also instrumental in the completion of the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program, Strong Workforce Grants, Perkins grant applications and data reporting. As a result of her hard work, we will be receiving $96,000 for CTE equipment through workforce grants.
Additionally, Ms. Rubio was one of 27 educators selected to participate by the California Department of Education in the Leadership Development Institute for new CTE educators in Sacramento. Additionally, she has reviewed the CTE curriculum to ensure alignment with community college partners so that our CTE courses are college articulated with VVC therefore allowing students to earn college credit for courses they receive a B or better such as Ag Biology, Restaurant I or Auto I.
“The end result of her hard work is reflected in improvement in academic, attendance and discipline outcomes related to academic development, college and career readiness and social/ emotional development,” according to Mr. Lambdin.
Zandra Miller, Classified Employee
Zandra Miller is the attendance clerk and the on-site nurse for Lucerne Valley Elementary School.
“She is a welcoming presence for students arriving in the morning to get their medication or a tardy slip,” according to her nomination letter by school principal Burt Umstead. “She works well with parents to ensure attendance issues are cleared and that students are attending class regularly. Her sweet and caring demeanor is well received in the health office as it is a station of high activity. Any crisis that comes to the Health Office is handled with great care and professionalism.”
“There are times, especially during sports time with the Principal, where the Health Office can become busy. There times are always dealt with love, joy and understanding by Zandra.”
Lucerne Valley Middle High School Counselor Rebecca Rubio and Elementary School Attendance Clerk Zandra Miller were presented with “Employee of the Month” awards during the monthly regular meeting of the LVUSD School Board on Thursday, March 12. From left, Superintendent Peter Livingston, Board President Tom Courtney, Board Vice-President Jessica Risler, Rebecca Rubio, Zandra Miller, Board Members Chelsea LaGrange and Jim Harvey. Photo by Douglas Beaton