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2/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Palo Verde Unified Educators of the Year awards
Pictured left to right: Steve Currier, Helen Reiner, Bob Bilek and Lois Shaffer.Photo special to the Times
Pictured left to right: Steve Currier, Helen Reiner, Bob Bilek and Lois Shaffer.

Photo special to the Times

Special to the Times

BLYTHE - Palo Verde Unified School District (PVUSD) Educators of the Year were announced at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.

The employees selected were honored by the district for years of loyal and effective service. They were chosen through an open nomination process and selected by their peers.

PVUSD Administrator of the Year honors went to Lois Shaffer, principal of Ruth Brown School, and a repeat Employee of the Year award recipient. Shaffer has been a principal for 14 years and has served 26 years in education.

Classified Employee of the Year is Helen Reiner, a senior clerk at the Early Childhood/Head Start Program who began her district service as a volunteer.

She rose through the employment ranks to her current position, an assignment close to her heart as she is surrounded by caring colleagues and spirited young children.

Support Employee of the Year is Steve Currier, a technician in the district's Technology Department. Currier is an expert in the field of telemetry and telecommunications. Currier came to the district from his former position at the Irrigation District.

Bilek introduced the Educators of the Year, praising each for years of loyal service. He said that it takes employees of all kinds to run a school district and not all of them are found in the classroom. That said, all employees impact the education that students receive. Bilek said he was fortunate to work with such caring staff.

Bilek said that Teacher of the Year honors will be announced in March.

The Educator of the Year recognition is sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education. Recipients from county school districts move forward to compete against other nominees. County-level award recipients will be announced this spring.

The county winners move forward again to compete at the state level. PVUSD Acting Superintendent Bob Bilek expressed optimism that one or more of the PVUSD Employees of the Year will be chosen at the county level, and hopefully at the state level as well.

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