June 2019 Employees of the Month
GGUSD’s Employee of the Month program is designed to recognize employees who: put others first; go above and beyond to make a difference in their role; carry out each day with a positive attitude and strong work ethic and demonstrate innovation, leadership, and passion for their job.
Jenna Cruzat joined the district in 2013 as a special education teacher at Parkview, Warren, and now at Mark Twain Special Education Center. She was nominated for this recognition by a staff member at Warren who said Jenna is a true hero and advocate for her students and families. They went on to say, “You can find Jenna running after students with a smile, and teaching each student whether verbal, nonverbal, in a wheelchair, emotionally disturbed, or other. She truly believes ALL students can learn and her students DO learn. Her classroom is positive, interactive, and she challenges her students regardless of medical needs, physical limitations, or speech and language deficits.” When asked what she likes about her job, Jenna said, “I love every part of my job, working with my students, building a team with my classroom staff, and interacting with the whole school. I learn how to be a better teacher, a better mom, a better daughter, friend, colleague, a better human from my students. They teach me more than I could ever teach them. It truly is my privilege to be their teacher. But, I guess my favorite, favorite part is that in 6 years of teaching in Special Education, I have NEVER had two days the same. The job is never boring or predictable. I can't wait to arrive every morning and have the opportunity to work with my students. We learn something new every day. The first-day excitement still hasn't faded.”
Tan joined the district in 1992 as a sub custodian. He worked as a full time custodian at Bell from 1993 to 2007. In 2007, he joined the team at Stanford Elementary where he has been ever since, currently serving as head custodian. Tan was nominated for this award by a teacher who said, “I’ve been a teacher in Garden Grove for 22 years. Tan is the best custodian I've ever worked with. He goes above and beyond every day for our school. His work ethic is amazing. He takes pride in his work and our campus shows it. If you ask him for anything he will have it done immediately. He is amazing.” Tan said his favorite part of the job is keeping the students and school safe and secure and keeping the school clean and bright.