2019-2020 Spirit Award Finalists & Recipients

  • Congratulations to the four recipients of a PSJA Spirit Award! The Spirit of PSJA Awards Recognition Program aims to highlight staff members who go above and beyond representing our district in each of the categories of our district's leadership definition.
    Over 190 award nominations for each of the four categories (Positive Engagement, Student-Centered Excellence, Joint Empowerment, Adaptive Innovation) were submitted throughout the year by campus Principal/Directors.
    From those nominees, a committee comprised of district administrators selected the top four to represent each category as Finalists This was a blind selection with names, locations, and titles redacted to ensure a fair process.
    Today we held a special Spirit Awards Virtual Celebration to honor these finalists and announce top recipients in each category.
    Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Spirit of PSJA Award Districtwide Finalists & Recipients:
    Positive Engagement
    Robert Sandoval, Teacher, Ford Elementary (Top Spirit Award Recipient)
    Juan Valdez, Teacher, Palacios Elementary
    Juanita Mercado, Parent Educator, Anaya Elementary
    Claudia Alvarado, Instructional Specialist, Early Childhood Department
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    Student-Centered Excellence
    Rene Trevino, Teacher, Clover Elementary (Top Spirit Award Recipient)
    Alva Diaz, Teacher, Pathways Towards Independence Program
    Amy Benitez, Librarian, Garza Elementary
    Loretta Sanchez, Counselor, Dr. Long Elementary
    Rene Trevino

    Joint Empowerment
    Stephanie King, Coach, PSJA PTI (Top Award Recipient)
    Sandra Bermea-Lujan, Teacher, Doedyns Elementary
    Karrianne Contreras, College Transition Dept.
    Rene Hernandez, Coach, Guerra Elementary
    Stephanie King

    Adaptive Innovation
    Memo Cienfuegos, CIT, PSJA North ECHS (Top Award Recipient)
    Imelda Palacios, Director, Child Nutrition Department
    Lexi Esparza, Teacher, Yzaguirre Middle School
    Jeanette Rodriguez, Teacher, Palacios Elementary
    Memo Cienfuegos