Bay Park Elementary special education assistant named SDUSD’s Classified Employee of the Year

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A Bay Park Elementary School special education assistant who has provided students with school supplies, shoes and other necessary items and took over the campus safety patrol was named Tuesday night as the San Diego Unified School District’s Classified Employee of the Year.

Pauline Burt was honored during a ceremony at Marston Middle School held to recognize the district’s non-teacher employees including custodians, counselors, police officers, drivers, landscapers, office personnel and school secretaries.

District Board of Education President Kevin Beiser said Burt goes above and beyond for Bay Park Elementary School and its students.

“Whether Pauline is assisting at lunch duty, with busses, recess or in the classroom, she consistently treats each child with respect while maintaining high expectations of all students in both academics and social areas,” Beiser said

“Pauline cares for each as though they were her own and motivates them to be the best they can be.”

The other finalists were Marston Middle School special education assistant Cynthia McIntyre and Madison High School Dropout Prevention Program mentor Roana “Penny” Clark. The trio were selected based on their work performance, involvement, leadership and commitment, district Trustee Marne Foster said.

Clark, who has worked for San Diego Unified for more than 20 years, communicates regularly with colleges and other organizations and takes students to workshops and to visit colleges to “inspire them to fulfil their potential,” Foster said. Counselors and administrators turn to Clark for guidance and support in working with families.

“She’s a resource for both students and parents during and after the school day,” Foster said. “When she sees that a student is in need, she takes time to mentor, encourage and find a solution to support the student.”

McIntyre’s specialty is working to help students with individual education plans reach their goals. In addition to the time she spends in the school’s classrooms, she also spends some of her free time tutoring Clairemont-area students, Foster said.

Foster said McIntyre has the “just the right balance of skill, knowledge and caring that middle school students desperately need.”

Foster said the district’s classified employees motivate, inspire and encourage both students and parents.

“You are the soul of San Diego Unified,” Foster said. “We’re only able to serve our 132,000 students because of what you do every day — and even on the weekends.”

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