School District Honors Their Own

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Teacher of the year Laura Silver, second from right, with administrators, from left, Jason Viloria, Leisa Winston and Thurston principal Jenny Salberg.
Teacher of the year Laura Silver, second from right, with administrators, from left, Jason Viloria, Leisa Winston and Thurston principal Jenny Salberg.

Laura Silver, an eight-grade language arts teacher, and Kristine Landrum, a special education assistant, were selected as the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s top employees of the year.

They were to be recognized at the school board meeting this past Tuesday, May 8.

Silver will be recognized at the Orange County Department of Education teacher of the year banquet in November, which celebrates outstanding teachers in Orange County.

Silver’s “tireless efforts to create an environment that is positive and challenging for all students provide our eight-grade students with an incredible experience in English language arts,” said Thurston Middle School Principal Jenny Salberg.

Landrum’s award by the Classified School Employees Association highlights the contributions of classified workers.

Classified employee of the year Kristine Landrum, second from right, with administrators, from left, Leisa Winston, Jason Viloria and TOW principal Michael Conlon.
Classified employee of the year Kristine Landrum, second from right, with administrators, from left, Leisa Winston, Jason Viloria and TOW principal Michael Conlon.

“She is the gold standard on how to build strong relationships with students and staff, and she demonstrates every day the lasting power of making meaningful connections with others,” Top of the World Elementary School Principal Michael Conlon said.

The school district will also recognize classified employees in specific categories including Brian Armstrong, child nutrition; Sanny Mandala, maintenance and operations; Jennifer de Encio, office and technical support; and Tim Crilly, support services and security.

The winners were selected through a district-wide nomination and voting process that was open to all classified school employees.

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