Retiring AUSD teachers, staff honored


Decades of service recognized at board meeting

ATASCADERO — Principals and AUSD staff recognized retiring employees during a school board meeting ceremony Tuesday, May 15. The retiring staff received a glass trophy engraved with their name and how many years they served. The speeches about these employees brought a mixture of heartfelt gratitude, laughter and tears as many of the employees have worked as teachers and staff for upwards of 20 and 30 years. The audience even broke into the “Happy Birthday” song for Executive Director of Bond Projects and Facilities, Stu Stoddard, who is retiring from AUSD after 29 years.

Atascadero High School Principal Bill Neely honored Mary Jo Cali, teacher, seven years with AUSD; Maryanne Chaney, secretary, 22 years with AUSD; Ron Fugle, teacher, 26 years with AUSD; Trudy Futak, teacher 20 years with AUSD; and Catherine Holdridge, teacher, 25 years with AUSD.

Atascadero Middle School Principal Jessica Lloyd recognized AMS employees Dennis Billings, teacher, 35 years; Andy Lara, custodian, seven years with AUSD; Kim Miller, secretary, 13 years with AUSD; Peggy O’Malley, teacher, 25 years with AUSD; and Cynthia Spain, eight years with AUSD.

Paloma Creek High School Principal Chris Balogh honored Amik Jones, counselor, 19 years with AUSD; and Jeff Weit, teacher, 27 years with AUSD.

Fine Arts Academy Principal Kibbe Rubin honored employees Melissa Bourbeau, teacher, 19 years with AUSD; and Ruth Cahill, instructional aide, 21 years with AUSD.

Monterey Road Elementary Principal Julie Ann Davis honored teacher Cheryl Hamon for her 37 years of service.

Principal Kathryn Holmes from San Benito Elementary honored Rebecca Hunter, teacher, eight years with AUSD; Yvette Nowak, teacher, 29 years with AUSD; and Jean Sutton, teacher, 17 years with AUSD.

San Gabriel Elementary School Principal Shauna Ames honored Deborah Cardinale, secretary, 28 years with AUSD; Rick Evans, custodian, 23 years with AUSD; and Laurie Kirkpatrick, teacher, 32 years with AUSD.

Santa Margarita Elementary School Principal Marshawn Porter honored teacher Marisa Teel for her 37 years of service.

Santa Rosa Academic Academy Principal Tim Sobraske honored  Diana Bacon, teacher, 21 years with AUSD; Lynne Hendrickson, teacher, 29 years with AUSD; and Teresa Jenkins, teacher, 32 years with AUSD.

Student Intervention Services Director Lori Thomas Kicks honored Phyllis Comstock for her 29 years of services as secretary for AUSD.

Food Services Assistant Director Louis Mayhew acknowledged her retiring employees: Sandra Andrews, cafeteria worker, 22 years with AUSD; Wendy Gibson, account technician, 15 years with AUSD; and Jutta Wilson, Cafeteria Worker, two years with AUSD.

Technology Department Director Candy Smet honored Janet Hoppert for her 11 years with AUSD.

Assistant Superintendent Jackie Martin honored Fiscal Services Coordinator Margaret Kinney for her 31 years of service.  

Executive Director of Bond Projects and Facilities Stu Stoddard honored Groundskeeper Jeff Rowan for his 32 years of service for the Maintenance, Operations, Transportation Department of AUSD.

Assistant Superintendent E.J. Rossi honored Kathy Miller, secretary for the district office,for her 33 years of service with AUSD.

Superintendent Tom Butler honored Stu Stoddard, Executive Director of Bond Projects and Facilities for 29 years of service with AUSD.

Photos by Beth Giuffre of the Atascadero News

Photographed: Mary Jo Cali Teacher, seven years with AUSD; Catherine Holdridge, Teacher, 25 years with AUSD; Trudy Futak, Teacher 20 years with AUSD; Peggy O’Malley, Teacher, 25 years with AUSD; Dennis Billings, Teacher, 35 years; Kim Miller, Secretary, 13 years with AUSD; Amik Jones, Counselor, 19 years with AUSD; Rebecca Hunter, Teacher, eight years with AUSD; Jean Sutton, Teacher, 17 years with AUSD; Laurie Kirkpatrick, Teacher, 32 years with AUSD; Rick Evans, Custodian, 23 years with AUSD; Deborah Cardinale, Secretary, 28 years with AUSD; Diana Bacon, Teacher, 21 years with AUSD; Lynne Hendrickson, Teacher, 29 years with AUSD; Teresa Jenkins, Teacher, 32 years with AUSD; Phyllis Comstock, Secretary, 29 years with AUSD; Kathy Miller, Secretary, 33 years with AUSD; and Stu Stoddard, Executive Director of Bond Projects and Facilities, 29 years with AUSD.

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