Today is California Day of the Teacher and we want to recognize and say thank you to all of the outstanding educators across the Rowland Unified School District

who make a difference every day in the lives of our students. We honor you!


VIDEO of Rowland Unified School District Teacher of the Year,

Rodney Donahue Sr., CTE Teacher at Nogales High School

Rowland Unified School District is proud to honor all of our amazing certificated employees, our site certificated employees of the year and the District Teacher of the Year, Rodney Donahue. Mr. Donahue is an incredible educational leader at Nogales High School known for his positive and infectious attitude. He quickly builds strong connections with students, showing he cares about them and their well-being. Students in his Career Technical Education classes (Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Law Enforcement Academy) are captivated by his lessons, as they are deeply engaged in hands-on learning and real scenarios, making learning relevant to their experiences and their lives.

RUSD Teacher of the Year Rodney Donahue pictured with Aimee Urbien, President of

Association of Rowland Educators (ARE).

Employees of the Year Honored at RUSD Dinner

The Rowland Unified School District Board of Education honored all of our employees of the year at the RUSD Employee of the Year Recognition Dinner on April 19 at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel. The Masters of Ceremony for the evening were Jellick Jaguars Nancy Buck (Jellick Teacher) and Lita Hernandez (Jellick Office Manager and President of Classified School Employees Association CSEA). Congratulations once again to all of our RUSD stars!

Congratulations to our Site Certificated

Employees of the Year

Kevin Chang

Band Director

Alvarado Intermediate

Bonnie Ebenkamp

Kindergarten Teacher

Blandford Elementary

Stephanie Rosen

School Social Worker

District Office

Jason Sadler

English Teacher

Giano Intermediate

Aurora Ruiz

Third Grade Teacher

Hollingworth Elementary

Hermila Zubia

Kindergarten Dual Teacher

Hurley Elementary

Gretchen Reynolds

Special Education Teacher (TK/K)

Jellick Elementary

Stephen P. Ludlam

History Teacher,

IB Coordinator

John A. Rowland High School

Mark Foster

SDC Teacher (Grades 4-6)

Killian Elementary

Gina Vasquez

Fourth Grade Teacher

Northam Elementary

Cenia Camacho

Fifth Grade Dual Teacher

Rorimer Elementary

Natalia Golovina

ESL Teacher

Rowland Adult & Community Education

Tesla Silvers

Third Grade Teacher

Rowland Elementary

Jessica Cornejo


Rowland Virtual Learning Academy

Daniel Chua

Math Teacher

Santana High School

Kevin (Chung Kang) Chou


Shelyn Elementary

Becky Gomez

Resource Specialist Teacher

Stanley G. Oswalt Academy

Faviola Evans

First Grade Teacher

Telesis Academy

Mayra Blancas

Elementary Counselor

Villacorta Elementary

Crystal Hastings

Second Grade Teacher

Ybarra Academy

Joel Baello

Fourth Grade Teacher

Yorbita Elementary

May 10, 2023 Issue RUSD News Editor

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