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Holly Hernandez is the Regional Classified Employee of the Year

Holly Hernandez is the Regional Classified Employee of the Year
Posted on 06/29/2021
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Richland School District has more reason to celebrate! Holly Hernandez, Kitchen Manager at Chief Joseph Middle School, has been selected as ESD 123’s Regional Classified Employee of the Year. The Classified School Employee of the Year program recognizes excellence in the work of public school employees such as paraprofessionals, food service workers, secretaries, custodians, and more. Mrs. Hernandez is one of nine regional winners who will go on to compete for the State Classified Employee of the Year award through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

With more than eighteen years of service, Mrs. Hernandez says that she never could have imaged how her earlier years volunteering in her children’s schools could lead to such a fulfilling career. An invaluable member of Richland’s nutrition services department, Mrs. Hernandez is known for her unfailing dedication to the wellbeing of each student. She is admired by staff throughout the middle school and is often the one her peers reach out to when they are new, struggling, or need advice or guidance.  Recommendation letters for Mrs. Hernandez speak to her traits as a caring and committed leader focused on creating a positive school culture.

A colleague writes, “Holly has been a positive influence in the lives of my own children as well as the many hundreds of students that she has served in her role with our school district…Holly has fostered a culture of caring, respect, and excellence through her collaboration with team members, teachers, administrators, custodians, students, and families.”

Holly Hernandez is an exemplary representation of the dedicated educational professionals in the ESD 123 region and across Washington State. Her collaboration, leadership, and dedication to fostering a welcoming culture exemplifies the qualities of a State Classified Employee of the Year.

You can read more about Mrs. Hernandez's contributions to Richland School District on their website.
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