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Employee Recognition

Super Star Award Recipients

In January of 2000, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District implemented the PRIDE employee recognition program (Proudly Recognizing Individuals Demonstrating Excellence).  The Super-Star Awards program evolved from input by members of the community, District employees, and from the Board of Education's original PRIDE program.  

The program was designed to recognize employees whose outstanding performance contributes to or enhances the District’s mission to graduate students who have acquired the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to achieve significant career, educational, civic, and personal goals, which will enrich our society. Celebrating excellence is an important part of the Board of Education's recognition of the contribution made by the employees of the NMUSD.

Information regarding the 2019-20 nominations submission dates are yet to be determined.

To submit a nomination, please complete the form below.

Super Star Award Nomination Form

2018-19 Super Star Awards News Release

2018-19 Super Star Awards Photos


NMUSD participates in the Orange County Department of Education Classified Employee of the Year (CSEY) recognition program. The CSEY program was created as a way to identify and honor exemplary California classified school employees.

The nomination categories are:

  • Child Nutrition
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Office and Technical
  • Para-educator and Instructional Assistance
  • Support Services and Security
  • Transportation

All candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Current permanent employee in a public preschool through grade twelve school district.
  2. Rank and file employee, not management or supervisory position.
  3. Minimum of five years of service in category at NMUSD; no minimum FTE.

Congratulations  2019 Classified School Employees of the Year!

  • Tabatha D. Strange
    Instructional Assistant - Special Education
  • My H. Lam
    Nutrition Services Assistant II
  • Scott E. Parks
    Bus Driver

2018-19 Classified Employees of the Year News Release

2018-19 Classified Employees of the Year Photos

Employee Service Awards are distributed in the spring for employees that have served NMUSD for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 Years.  The distribution schedule is based on Hire Date/Longevity Date and the pins are distributed the year following completion of the designated years of service.

Employee Service Awards 2019

Retirement Cermony

The Human Resources Department along with the Board of Education, recognizes the District Retirees for the school year at the second Board of Education Meeting in June. 

2018-19 Retirement Ceremony Photos

For more information please check contact Kathleen Hedges at
khedges@nmusd.us or (714) 424-7550.

Contact Us

Super Star Awards
Classified Employees of the Year
Employee Service Awards

V-Esther Caldwell 
vcaldwell@nmusd.us
(714) 424-5047


Employee Retirement
Kathleen Hedges
khedges@nmusd.us
(714) 424-7550