Star Award

May 1, 2014 (All day)

Recognize those who help local students reach for the stars!  

The Star Award recognizes classified employees who... go above and beyond in fulfilling their positions, makes a positive difference, and provides truly outstanding support.

2014 Fellows and Star nominations are open.

Please click here for the nomination form. Nominations are due May 1.

Nominations are reviewed and selected by a committee. Recipients of the Star award (classified staff) each receive a $1,000 personal cash award. The award presentation is made at the TTUSD back to school "convocation" staff event in August.  All nominees, regardless of being selected or not, receive a copy of their nominations. Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge the exceptional educators in our school district. 


2013-2014 Star Award Recipients


Star Recipients
The 2013-2014 Star Award recipients, from left: Jessica Alb, District Office.; Robin Redmond, Sierra High School; Phil Mix, Transportation; Cristine Goldman, Kings Beach Elementary and Cindi Friedli, District Office (Cristine and Cindi not pictured) 


Cindi Friedli of the District Office is loved for her dedication, compassion, support and friendship to all she interacts with along with her “can do” attitude and willingness to go the extra mile. She is described as someone who’s “special care demonstrates a true devotion and interest in children and their education." 


Phil Mix from Transportation drives the Donner Summit bus route daily with patience, skill and good humor. This stretch of road is not for the faint hearted as it is often met with strong winds, sideways snow, road closures and anxious passengers.  Phil is so competent at his task that one parent wrote, “On storm days we made a conscious decision to send our children on the bus because we felt they would be much safer than in our own car."


Cris Goldman from Kings Beach Elementary is a longtime veteran of the district.  Chris is the assistant to the resource program, speech and language, as well as bilingual programs.  As an instructional aide, she has developed a spelling program that is very effective in remediation.  And, as a bilingual educator, she is the “go to” person for communication with parents.


Jessica Alb from the District Office is the administrator for District Education Services. Jessica’s daily tasks include supporting teacher trainings, teacher meetings, community gatherings and student events. She makes and maintains positive relationships with county and state level educators as well as administrators, parents and students. She volunteers to tutor students outside of her work hours, works with Project MANA, advised the La Raza Club at the high school and volunteers at homeless shelters.


Robin Redmond from Sierra High School is the administrative assistant at Sierra High and she also spends time helping in less traditional ways.  She is often found preparing breakfast and cleaning up at school, helping pregnant girls and toddlers every day and even consoles despairing teens. Students know Robin is both caring and compassionate.