Superintendent’s Award goes to spelling champ
NUSD Superintendent’s Award goes to spelling champ, entire SPED staff
Posted on 03/04/2019
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The recognitions for the Nogales Unified School District Superintendent’s Award for Outstanding Student and Outstanding Educator were handed out at the Feb. 25, 2019 governing board meeting, once again before a full house gathered to support those being honored.

The Superintendent’s Outstanding Teacher Award went to more than just Desert Shadows Middle School Special Education teacher Robert Cruz. It included SPED teacher Claudia Acosta and aides Melissa Rascon, Nancy Maytorena, Valeria Cervantes, and Paola Maldonado.

“I am recognizing the entire department because they as a team work together for their students,” Supt. Fernando Parra said, highlight the team’s commitment to making each student feel welcomed and valued, as well as addressing their academic and emotional needs.

The students recently presented a dance performance before an “appreciative” audience, including proud parents, Parra said, showcasing their ability to take pride in their accomplishments since being chosen for the performance is an award based on their achievements in their classes.

Student Daniel Woodburn, a fifth grader from Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, was also honored as the 2018-2019 Santa Cruz County Spelling Bee winner. Woodburn will now go on to compete at the state level in Phoenix on March 23, 2019, and if successful there, will take part in the national spelling bee.

Parra praised Woodburn not only for his academic achievements but also for his character, leadership, and for being such a positive role model. Governing board member Robert Rojas shared a story of how he would drop his own daughter off at Coronado in the morning and her goal was “to beat Daniel to school”. But no matter how early they arrived, Daniel, whose mother Ellen teaches at Coronado, were already there hard at work long before school started.