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KINGSBURG – In choosing their honorees to recognize as the Educator, Employee and Administrator of the Year, Kingsburg Charter Elementary School District officials chose three individuals who were described as passionate, dedicated and patient.

Elizabeth Peterson was named the Educator of the Year, Toni Alvarez was named as the Employee of the Year and Jason Wood was named as the Administrator of the Year.

“We congratulate Elizabeth, Toni, and Jason for their service to our district and for making a difference in the lives of students, staff and the community,” Superintendent Wes Sever said.

The trio will be recognize at their upcoming Feb. 12 school board meeting that takes place at the District Professional Development Building, 1310 Stroud Ave. See the agendas online at

Toni Alvarez is an instructional assistant at Rafer Johnson Junior High who works with small groups or individual students in the resource room.

Her colleagues described her as a standout who gives students the support they need while also holding them accountable for getting their work done in a way that doesn’t impede the classroom teachers.

“Toni instinctively knows how to keep students on task without disrupting others. In the time she’s been here, Toni has gone above and beyond the requirements of her job description. She establishes rapport with students, especially troubled or challenged students, in ways that teachers are often not able to do. I have seen Toni give up her breaks to work with kids, or to simply be there for a kid who was having a bad day. I’ve known her to visit students who were unable to come to school, in order to help them keep up with their schoolwork, and also to let them know that they were important to her,” one colleague wrote.

Special education teacher Elizabeth Peterson was likewise noted for her dedication, creative lesson planning and patience.

“Not only does she help her students find strategies to overcome their challenges, she also helps prepare her students by teaching them valuable life skills. Elizabeth is a team player and is always willing to help out students, parents and staff members with whatever they need. Recently on a Saturday, she provided a covered facility so two of our teachers and their students could build their float for the parade without getting rained on. Elizabeth demonstrates this caring attitude in all that she does,” her colleagues wrote about her.

KESD Technology Coordinator Jason Wood was described as one of those employees whose work often “flies under the radar. He is someone who works countless hours doing his job. I have personally seen him working past 10 p.m. at night, endless weekends and miss out on things with his family. He is very passionate about his work and won’t accept anything less than the best, which is why he does what he does and is working so much,” one teacher wrote in nominating Wood for the recognition. “We would not have the access to all of the technology that we have if it weren’t for Jason.”

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