Cheers from peers: LTUSD employees shine |

Cheers from peers: LTUSD employees shine

Jill Darby

Talk about moving to the head of the class.

Three Lake Tahoe Unified School District employees received distinguished service awards last week from the Association of California School Administrators.

Assistant Superintendent Barbara Davis, Administrative Assistant Wilma Hoppe and Pat Howard, director of child nutrition services were nominated by their peers and chosen by Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn and Board of Education President Wendy David to be honored at an awards dinner Feb. 8 at Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville.

“I just feel the whole concept of this distinguished award dinner is a wonderful opportunity for school districts to acknowledge hard work, loyalty and dedication to education in general,” Scheerhorn said. “It’s an opportunity to take a chance to recognize those who are dedicated to our schools.”

Davis has been with Lake Tahoe Unified School District for four years. Following Superintendent Rich Alexander’s departure, Davis assumed his role while maintaining her responsibilities as assistant superintendent.

She was also recognized for her work with curriculum changes, the Academic Performance Index and salary negotiations.

Throughout her eight years with Lake Tahoe Unified, Hoppe has occupied positions in food services, special education and worked as a receptionist at the district office. She has spent three years as Davis’s administrative assistant and is self-taught in technology and computer skills.

Hoppe was acknowledged as an enthusiastic learner who is professional, knowledgeable, kind and caring.

Howard has 28 years of food service experience and has been with Lake Tahoe Unified for four years.

She has added quality and variety to the food served in the schools as well as establishing an in-house catering program.

District Chief Financial Officer Joe White commended Howard for making good use of her food services budget. Howard also uses satellite stations at South Tahoe High School to survey kids about what foods they like, then incorporates their suggestions into daily menu planning.

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