2020-2021 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.
    Hundreds of award nominations for each of the four categories (Positive Engagement, Student-Centered Excellence, Joint Empowerment, Adaptive Innovation) were anonymously submitted by their peers or colleagues throughout the year and ultimately reviewed and submitted by campus Principal/Directors.

    From those nominees, a committee comprised of district administrators selected the top four to represent each category as Finalists through a complete blind selection with names, locations, and titles redacted to ensure a fair process.

    PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo presented the 16 2021 Spirit of PSJA Finalists with a special gift and announced this year's top Spirit Award recipients during the 2021 Welcome Back Staff Convocation.


    Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Spirit of PSJA Award Districtwide Finalists & Recipients:

    Positive Engagement Finalists

    + Marla Garza, Secretary at Clover Elementary (RECIPIENT)

    + Jorge Badillo, Site Manager at PSJA Parental Engagement

    + Martin de la O, Computer Technician at MIS

    + Diamantina Garcia, Librarian at LBJ Middle School


    Student-Centered Excellence
    + Mario Gonzalez III, AP at PSJA Collegiate HS Program (RECIPIENT)

    + Maria Sinapuelas, Librarian at Garcia Elementary

    + Janie Trevino, Certification Specialist, ACTRGV

    + Laura Rodriguez, Librarian at Carman Elementary


    Joint Empowerment

    + Joseph Garcia, Officer with PSJA Police Department (RECIPIENT)

    + Miriam Jimenez, CLL at Clover Elementary

    +Luciano Lopez, Assistant Principal at LBJ Middle School

    + Marisa Santoy, Principal at Marcia Garza Elementary


    Adaptive Innovation

    + Juan C. Moreno, Custodian at Palacios Elementary (RECIPIENT)

    + Adriana Arango Torrez, Teacher at Murphy Middle School

    + Claudia Heredia, Nurse at PSJA Collegiate HS Program

    +Dinorah Escobedo, Nurse Doedyns Elementary