OEF "Education Hero of the Year"
Each year, OEF recognizes an “Education Hero” for his / her outstanding service to public education in the Ojai Valley. Honorees include Teachers, School Administrators, Students, Volunteers and Community Members.
Education Heroes are honored at “OEF Celebrates!”, our annual Fall Fundraiser.
For the 2019 - 20 school year, OEF is proud to recognize Becky Beckett, Principal of Chaparral High School, Ojai Adult School, and Ojai Independent School for her extraordinary leadership in providing alternative education instruction for both our youth and adults in the Ojai Valley. Go to 2019 Education Hero to read more about Becky.
OEF “education hero of the year” honorees:
2019 - Becky Beckett, Principal, Chaparral High School, Ojai Adult School, Ojai Independent School
2017 - Bill Wagner, Nordhoff Music Teacher
2016 - Greg & Martha Lepine, Ojai USD Teachers
2015 - Lillian Tally, Ojai USD Music Coordinator
2014 - Rikki Horne, Ojai USD School Board Member
2013 - Harriett Clise, Ojai USD Teacher
2012 - John Whitman, OEF Board Member
2011 - Susana Arce
2010 - Marty Babayco, Ojai USD Principal
2009 - Javier Ramirez, Ojai USD Teacher
2008 - Cheryl Widders
2007 - Cathy Maynard
2006 - Doug Becker
OUSD's "Employees of the Year"
In addition to honoring our Education Heroes, we support the Ojai Unified School District's annual recognition of their Educators / Faculty of the Year (Certified Employee) and Staff Members of the Year (Classified Employee).
Teachers receiving the Educator of the Year award are selected by their peers for going beyond the call of duty by inspiring students with enthusiasm, creativity and love of teaching.
The district's Staff Members of the Year recognize School District classified staff employees who go the "Extra Mile."
Awards are presented by the Ojai Unified School District along with OEF Board Members during a special ceremony at OUSD's June Board meeting. Go to OUSD Awards for a full list of recent recipients.
Congratulations to the 2018 - 19 Employees of the Year:
A Place to Grow P.S.: Jennifer Fitzgerald (Faculty), Cheynne Silver (Staff)
Chaparral H.S.: Leana Graham (Faculty), Gedne Feldgar (Staff)
Matilija Junior H.S.: Kyle Rehder (Faculty), Chantal Selleslags (Staff)
Meiners Oaks E.S.: Sandr Hansen (Faculty), Catherine McKinnis (Staff)
Mira Monte E.S.: June Sears (Faculty), Ricardo Sanchez (Staff)
Nordhoff H.S.: Maggie Burke (Faculty), Denise Rimpa (Staff)
San Antonio E.S.: Kate Spiva (Faculty), Richard Rowe (Staff)
Topa Topa E.S.: Brenda Hill (Faculty), Frances Gonzalez (Staff)
District: Randy Alderson, Kay Mason