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Clovis Unified Honors Teachers with a Crystal
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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February 24, 2017

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Clovis Unified honored 32 teachers and employees Tuesday night (Feb. 21) with its annual Crystal Awards.

Among the honorees GV Wire spoke with include Bill Rotella, a deaf and hard of hearing specialist and 2nd grade teacher Julie Rapier at Fugman Elementary. We asked them about their role int he district and their love of educating. Watch the video above to hear their answers.

The complete list of honorees:

  • Tiffany Aoki-Chance – Guidance Instructional Specialist, Liberty Elementary
  • Kathie Aschenbrenner – EL Teacher, Clovis North Educational Center
  • Wendy Barner – School Secretary, Kastner Intermediate
  • Deidra Bennett – Campus Catering Supervisor, Fancher Creek Elementary
  • Debra Bolls – Principal, Pinedale Elementary
  • Annamarie Brown – Nurse Practitioner, Sierra Vista Children’s Health Center
  • Sharon Bush – Cook/baker, Sierra Outdoor School
  • Wynona Byrom – LD Secretary, Clovis High
  • Betsy Clemings – AB Teacher, Alta Sierra Intermediate
  • Michael Delgado – Plant Supervisor, Garfield Elementary
  • Kim Fox-Kristensen – Teacher, Century Elementary
  • Nichole Gambrell – Office Manager, Fugman
  • Janet Hambleton – Office Supervisor, Child Development
  • Jerry Hardy – Plant Supervisor, Freedom Elementary
  • Shawna Henson – Teacher, Temperance-Kutner Elementary
  • David Hobbs – Teacher, Clovis North Educational Center
  • Brooke Jackson – Teacher, Kastner Intermediate
  • Misty Johnson – Accounting Technician, Business Services
  • Richard Kinney – Teacher, Buchanan High
  • Georgiana Leonardo – Library Technician, Tarpey Elementary
  • Maragaret “Muggs” Marquez, Clerical Specialist – Temperance-Kutner Elementary
  • Patricia Mushegan – Teacher, Weldon Elementary
  • Michael Olenchalk, Director, Sierra Outdoor School
  • Kristin Ormond, Teacher, Nelson Elementary
  • Julia Rapier, Teacher, Fugman Elementary
  • Dan Resciniti, Chief Technology Officer, Information Technology Services
  • Bill Rotella, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist, CUSD
  • Julie Tavares, Campus Catering Supervisor, Clovis High
  • Gabriel TeNyenhuis, Teacher, Reagan Educational Center
  • Chintana Thatsanaphone, Teacher, Fancher Creek Elementary
  • Ellen Youssef, Teacher, Miramonte Elementary
  • Ray Zavala, Plant Supervisor, Pinedale Elementary

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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