Three Peoria Unified employees were awarded top honors in Support Services, Teaching and Administration during the 31st Annual Pride of Peoria Employee Recognition Celebration on April 25 at the Arizona Broadway Theatre.
Systems Engineer Mike Treguboff (Support Services), Cactus High School English Teacher, Julie Binnicker (Teaching), and Santa Fe Elementary School Principal, Rob Miller (Administration), were awarded the 2016 Raymond S. Kellis Leadership Awards – the highest honor a Peoria Unified School District employee can receive. These three honorees were surprised with their award during the event.
Another surprise award given out during the event was the Honorary Raymond S. Kellis Leadership Award presented to Superintendent Dr. Denton Santarelli. Santarelli is retiring in June 2016 and Dr. Quinn Kellis, son of late Dr. Raymond S. Kellis and superintendent of Madison Elementary School District, presented the award to honor Santarelli for dedicating 35 years to the Peoria Unified School District.
As part of the event, 36 Peoria Unified employees in a myriad of positions throughout the district were publicly honored as Pride of Peoria award recipients for their contributions to their schools and the district. These teachers and support staff were nominated by their colleagues for outstanding service. All of the Pride of Peoria winners come from different sites, represent different career lengths and work in a variety of positions, yet share one common attribute: They were selected because letters written on their behalf revealed countless examples of how their dedication to the Peoria Unified School District consistently went above and beyond.
The Pride of Peoria winners are: Eileen Abad, Human Resources; Marjorie Andreacchi-Keagle, Desert Palms; Cameron Archer, Ironwood; Marci Bieber, Liberty; Matthew Bright, Sahuaro Ranch; Jessica Cobos, Raymond S. Kellis; Marcy Cooper, Oasis; Jane Dunn, Raymond S. Kellis; Frank Eager, Sunrise Mountain; Chuck Esquivel, Ironwood; Warren Faulkner, Sunrise Mountain; Cheryl Fiedler, Sunrise Mountain; Lloyd Fugatt, Marshall Ranch; Brian Fuller, Peoria; Stephanie Guevara, Peoria Traditional; Elisa Hicks, Oakwood; Leslie Hunter, Sunrise Mountain; Amy Hutter, Apache; Chris Kwant, Ironwood; Tim Lentz, Paseo Verde; Sheri Leon, Parkridge; Ginger Noel, Oasis; Lisa Novikoff, Sky View; Renee Nunez, Information, Management & Technology; Chris Pierson, Peoria; Doug Ricker, Centennial; Craig Roehrman, Liberty; Kelly Ruterman, Ironwood; Erin Sample, Foothills; Josh Shafer, Sunset Heights; Norma Spencer, Raymond S. Kellis; Brad TenBarge, Centennial; Pam Waffle, Oakwood; Meghan Willneff, Coyote Hills & Peoria Traditional; Tara Willoby, Peoria; Renee Woolery, Centennial.
The event will air this month on Cox Cable Channel 99 and can be found on YouTube now at www.youtube.com/pusdofficialchannel. More than 350 individuals attended the event, including Peoria Unified School District’s Superintendent Dr. Denton Santarelli, Governing Board members, principals, co-workers and relatives of the award recipients. The event was made possible by financial support from Hunt and Caraway Architects, 1GPA, Grads Photography, Peoria Education Foundation and Brockhurst & Associates.
Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.