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Red Carpet Celebration!

May 5, 2022        

By: Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources

WALNUT, CA--Walnut Valley Unified School District lauded a wonderful group of 2022 retirees during a May 4 ceremony. 

A total of 43 employees including teachers, classified personnel, and administrators were recognized with personal tributes for outstanding dedication to students and schools.

“This is the first time that we’ve gotten to celebrate in person, not virtually, in two years and it’s exciting!” exclaimed Dr. Diane Perez, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Retirees walked the red carpet at the outdoor ceremony held at Diamond Bar High to receive personalized gifts including “You Can’t Retire From Being Great!” book bags, WVUSD watch, and certificates from local officials.

“Tonight, we have an opportunity to share our gratitude for these amazing employees who have helped make WVUSD an outstanding place to work and for students to go to school,” lauded Perez who co-hosted with the event Director Dr. Seth Bond.

“Our honorees have a combined total of 1,037 years of service with an average of 24 years per retiree,” Bond reported.

Congratulations to the following retiring staff members: Castle Rock Elementary: Patricia Ponce-Hernandez – Health Clerk; C.J. Morris Elementary: David Boots – Teacher, Cynthia Peck -Instructional Aide II Special Education, Paris Stimson-Beirne - Teacher, Dana Veit – Teacher; Collegewood Elementary: Margie Magdaleno – Nutrition Services Worker III, Laura O’Donnell Trimmer – Elementary Learning Specialist, Diane Zell - Teacher; Evergreen Elementary: Efren Del Mundo – Custodian I; Maple Hill Elementary: Flor Sotomayor – Noon Aide; Quail Summit Elementary: Leann Legind – Elementary Learning Specialist, Norma Morales – Teacher, Frances Weissenberger  – Principal; Child Care: Elaine Grace Muela – Child Care Attendant II; Vejar Elementary: Pamela Acosta – Teacher; Walnut Elementary: Sandra O’Dell – Custodian I; Chaparral Middle School: Lori Hildebrand  – Health Clerk, Fu-Lee Ko Lee – Instructional Aide II, Bilingual/Bicultural, Janet Mikasa – Instructional Aide III Special Education, Paul Ruiz - Teacher; South Pointe Middle School – Joanie Parke - Teacher, Bharti Shah - Playground Supervisor/Morning Supervisor, Robin Wadsworth - Teacher; Educational Services: Julie Whisendand – Accounting Specialist; Human Resources: Deanna Jordan – HR Specialist Certified, Ronda Larosa – Substitute Service TechnicianMaintenance, Operations & Grounds – Efren Goytia Grounds Maintenance Worker I; Diamond Bar High School: Eleanor Boruah – Teacher, Jeffrey Brose –Teacher , Eunice Cheng –Instructional Aide II Special Education, Salli Collins –Teacher, Robert Hwang –Teacher, Cynthia McLaughlin – Instructional Aide II Special Education, Kimberlee Preble-Voisan –Teacher, John Roybal – Custodian I; Walnut High School:  Patrick Collins – Teacher, Oscar Davila –Custodian I, Janet Dutton – Teacher, Patrick Gutierrez – Athletic Equipment Attendant; Special Education: Donna Altadonna-Virgin -SIS Support Specialist; Transportation: Bruce Lamkin – Bus Driver; and Technology: Dori Valdez – SIS Support Specialist.

“And now, we send you off to begin your next chapter with nothing but appreciation and well wishes!’ Perez said.


Walnut Valley USD celebrates the 2022 retirees during a ceremony held May 4.

Walnut Valley USD officials pay tribute to 2022 retirees during a red carpet recognition ceremony.