KINGSBURG – Kingsburg High School District honored a number of staff members at a Feb. 13 recognition dinner.
Here are the names of the honorees and information about each:
Administrator of the Year: Ryan Walterman is the Kingsburg Alternative Education Center director. He’s worked for the Kingsburg Joint Union High School District for four years. Walterman builds positive relationships with his staff and students. It is easy to see that his students appreciate him and know he has their best interest. He can work with all types of youth and quickly becomes a father figure to them. One of his favorite parts of the job is watching students achieve success at things they never thought they could accomplish. He has done a tremendous job with Oasis and Independent study for our district.
Educator of the Year: Kerry Peterson is Kingsburg High School’s college and career teacher. She’s been with KHS since 2014. Her classroom is the hub for our college and career going culture at KHS. Students heavily rely on Peterson to help them consider what the future holds in store for them after Kingsburg High School. It is common for her to give up her own time during break, lunch or after school to help students with college applications. She has a passion for what she does each and every day which is evident by the nice things that our students say about her. Peterson also runs the Concurrent which helps KHS seniors who are short a few credits for graduation. She watches over these students and provides them extra work so they can complete their goal of earning a high school diploma with their class. The College and Career indicator on the California Dashboard for KHS is Blue, which is the highest color you can receive from the state.
Employee of the Year: Dalaina Masterson is a classroom aide in our Responsibility Center. Masterson wears many hats and works closely with the KHS administration to ensure that students in RC have been properly processed in our Student Information System, Aeries. She also spends much of her time assisting Assistant Principal Ivan Nunez to ensure students are within our attendance policy boundaries. Masterson runs reports and sets up meetings to make sure that these students are held accountable. She also helps organize Saturday Schools. Currently, she’s the only aide in RC and has worked hard to truly make that area of KHS her own. She works well with the students she comes into contact with and truly wants the best for them.
Classified Employee of the Year: Eric Erling is a utility worker/bus driver at Kingsburg High School and has been with the district since 2016. He has been honored for his outstanding work ethic and commitment to his job responsibilities and the kids at Kingsburg High School. Erling is always willing to go the extra mile, helping out on his own time, especially supporting our student athletes and the sports facilities on campus.
Certificated honorees included Leigh-Ann Olsen, Martha Gudino and John Lovejoy.
Coach honorees were Amanda Hodges for track and field and Randy Sieger for girls softball.
Community volunteers honored were Reggie Gierke, David and Jenny Silva and Ginny Fukagawa. Without these selfless volunteers, life for students at KHS would be much different. We are grateful for these four dedicated adults who faithfully encourage and support kids and staff at KHS.