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Orchard Elementary Employee named 2021 State Employee of the Year

Rhima Blenkhorn, a Sacramento County Classified Employee of the Year, has been named a 2021 California Classified School Employee of the Year.

Nine outstanding school employees were announced as 2021 California Classified School Employees of the Year yesterday by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.

One of the winners recognized works in Rio Linda: Rhima Blenkhorn from Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD).

Blenkhorn, who was selected as a 2021 Sacramento County Classified Employee of the Year in March, went on to compete in the Food and Nutrition Services category at the state level. She is the café team lead at Orchard Elementary School and has been a TRUSD employee for 13 years.

Classified school employees winning in other state categories included:

  • Natalie Hung, Secretary
    Castro Valley Elementary, Alameda County
    Clerical and Administrative Services Category
  • Dan Luu, Lead Custodian
    John Baldwin Elementary School, Contra Costa County
    Custodial Services Category
  • Pamela Wampler, Licensed Vocational Nurse
    San Joaquin County Office of Education
    Health and Student Services Category
  • Aven Callahan, Library Assistant
    Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Riverside County
    Paraprofessional Services Category
  • Patricia Mendez, Activity Monitor
    Manuel Esqueda Elementary School, Orange County
    Security Services Category
  • Adrian Prieto, HVAC Technician
    Anaheim Union High School District, Orange County
    Skilled Trades Services Category
  • Chris Martinez, Systems Network Technician
    Magnolia School District, Orange County
    Technical Services Category
  • Tony Williams, Bus Driver and Custodian/Maintenance
    Igo-Ono-Elementary School and Igo-Ono-Platina Union School District, Shasta County
    Transportation Category

Up to two of the nine employees selected by the California Department of Education (CDE) will be eligible to be nominated for the national Recognizing Inspiring School Employees Award. The winner of that honor will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in 2022.

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) coordinates the Sacramento County Classified School Employee of the Year program locally.

John Toddhttps://www.riolindamessenger.com
Born and raised in Rio Linda, graduate of Rio Linda High School, and resident for most of the last 50 years. Committee Chair for the Rio Linda Elverta Visions Committee, announcer for the Rio Linda Little League Parade, Keeper of the Archway Lights, and outspoken advocate for the community.
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