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June 6, 2024

SUSD is pleased to announce our 2024 Teacher of the Year and 2024 Classified Employee of the Year. Voted on by their colleagues, please join us in congratulating:

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Sandy Waite-Lopez started in SUSD in August of 2000 and has touched the lives of many students. Sandy works hard to develop positive relationships with her students and consistently weaves in social and emotional learning through routines and morning meetings, which give her students a sense of safety. She contributes to the overall positive culture at Foothill Elementary through her leadership with the student council and faculty advisory committee. Sandy continually develops as an educator by engaging in professional development. Fellow Foothill teacher stated, “Sandy’s enthusiasm for teaching inspires me to keep growing and learning as an educator and we get to laugh together a lot." Another colleague added, “Even after 24 years in the classroom, Sandy still loves to learn new ways to inspire the kids.” Sandy will now become SUSD’s nominee for the county’s Teacher of the Year program. 

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For 17 years, Debb Dallas has worked at SUSD in various roles. Now, as the Administrative Assistant to the Principal at Foothill Elementary, she shines with her exceptional organization and meticulous attention to detail. Her proactive approach and efficiency have streamlined processes, allowing the school to function seamlessly. Debb's warmth and interpersonal skills make her beloved by the Foothill community. Known for going above and beyond, her professionalism and positive attitude leave a significant impact. As one of her several nominators stated, “Debb will always give the shirt off her back. She is always working to make Foothill a better place to learn and grow.”