Popular Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School teacher, Richard Sanchez received a standing ovation from staff members, the board of trustees and audience members during the September 12 Rim of the World Unified School District board of trustees meeting. Sanchez was selected as the district's "Teacher of the Year" and the announcement and presentation was made at the beginning of the meeting.
Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, Bryan Shaw, said that Sanchez has been with the district since 1970, teaching math and social studies at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School. "He is inspiring as a teacher and he epitomizes so many teachers in the Rim of the World Unified School District. He has integrity and he works well with students and the administration." Shaw explained that with the honor, Sanchez's "Teacher of the Year" recognition will be forwarded to the county for the county's competition and eventually to the state and federal levels if it reaches that point. "Actually," said Superintendent John Aycock, "California is so large that the state has five 'teachers of the year;' however, only one of those is ultimately selected to represent the state in the nation-wide competition. Richard's class comes alive each day of the year. The respect he has for his students is mirrored back from his students."
Speaking about his staff member, MPH Principal Chris Hunt said, "Richard Sanchez really is 'Teacher of the Year' every day of the year. I want to be more like him."
Board of Trustees Chairman, Chuck Nelson told Sanchez that his (Nelson's) remarks were not being made from a trustee's point of view but as the parent of three children. He laughed when he said that when he was in school that history wasn't his best subject and his children definitely didn't get their love of history from him. "However, I got it from them," he said, in congratulating Sanchez on his district-wide honor and on instilling the love of history and math in the students he has taught these many years.
Another presentation took place when members of American Legion Rim of the World Post 360 presented district employee Kathy Horton and a surprised Superintendent Aycock with certificates of appreciation for their individual efforts to coordinate American Legion activities within the district. Horton serves as a coordinator between Rim High School and the American Legion post, working with students interested in programs like Boys and Girls State and helping students with American Legion scholarships. Aycock was thanked for his excellent working relationship with the American Legion, for his support of their programs and helping them foster a good school district/Legion relationship.
NEW JOB TITLE FOR
The board of trustees voted to give Business Manager/Facilities Director John Brooks the title of "Assistant Superintendent of Business and Administrative Services" over the protests of some teachers who felt the district is too small to have three assistant superintendents. In the agenda Aycock praised Brooks for his organizational ability, ambition, skill, logic, effort, effectiveness and flexibility and says that since Brooks is overseeing the positions of business manager and director of facilities, he deserves to be known as an assistant superintendent.
The change in Brooks' status only involves a title change because, in light of all the recent budget cuts made by the district with more to come, he has voluntarily offered not to accept any additional pay for his duties.