CUSD recognizes 2021 Crystal Award recipients

The CUSD Crystal Awards were held at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall to recognize 15 staff members on Wednesday, Feb. 23. (Courtesy of CUSD)

The 2022 Clovis Unified School District’s Crystal Awards took place on Wednesday evening at the Clovis Unified Performing Arts Center in the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall.

The Crystal Awards are the highest employee recognition within the Clovis Unified School district. The nominations were released in December 2021.

Nominees are all current part-time or full-time Clovis Unified classified and certificated employees. They all have worked in CUSD a minimum of five school years as of June 30, 2021 and have worked in his/her current job at least two years as of June 30, 2021.

Everyone employed by the Clovis Unified School District may nominate another employee of the district. Employees may nominate as many colleagues as they choose but only one person may be nominated per application. A community member or retiree may also nominate an employee but that person will need to have the nominee’s supervisor’s approval.

The judging criteria consists of ​​ a judging panel of CUSD employees following strict criteria in rating nominees. Judges are provided a rubric containing criteria and identifying information on how to score the three sections: Core values, AIMS, and 3 letters of support from a CUSD colleague. The AIMS include: Aim 1- Maximize achievement for ALL students. Aim 2 – Operate with increasing efficiency and effectiveness. Aim 3 – Hire, develop, sustain and value a high-quality, diverse workforce.

All 15 recipients are chosen, nominated and recognized because they are outstanding employees who exceed Clovis Unified values.

These nominees all have something in common. They make student-centered decisions, educate the whole child, show commitment, exhibit innovative thinking, build partnerships among stakeholders and strive for continuous improvement.

Congratulations to the Clovis Unified 2021 Crystal Award recipients:

  • Vanessa Avitabile, Mountain View Elementary Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Jennifer Boman, CNEC Activities Administrative Assistant
  • Shareen Crosby, Human Resources Risk and Benefits Manager
  • Kelly Eichmann, Clovis East High CTE Health Science Pathway Teacher
  • Leeann Errotabere, Business Services Purchasing Director
  • Sean Ford, CNEC Guidance Learning Specialist
  • Ryan Gettman, Bud Rank Elementary Principal
  • Kacey Gibson, Young Elementary Principal
  • Gabriel Hughes, Clovis High Area (Weldon/Clark) Student Relations Liaison
  • Daryl Katoch, Alta Sierra Intermediate Learning Director
  • Kevin Miller, CNEC Transition Specialist
  • Daniel Pearce, Buchanan High CTE Video Production Teacher
  • Teri Smart, Gateway High School Secretary
  • Sonna Swiderski, Sierra Outdoor School Office Supervisor
  • Tammy Williams, Miramonte Elementary Teacher

Eimear O’Brien, Ed.D., the Clovis Unified Superintendent said, “After a hiatus year due to the COVID-19 shutdown, Clovis Unified’s prestigious program is back, celebrating the outstanding work of employees who went far beyond their job duty expectations and truly made a difference in the lives of those around them this last school year.”

The Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall was filled with supportive family, friends and colleagues celebrating the 15 outstanding Crystal Award recipients for 2022.

For more information on how to nominate someone for next year’s Crystal Awards, visit for more information.

Brooke Chau
Brooke is a senior at Fresno State double majoring in Communication and Media, Communications and Journalism with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. Brooke is a senior at Fresno State double majoring in Communication and Media, Communications and Journalism with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. Brooke has a passion for storytelling and community. Brooke has experience in print news working for Oakdale Leader and The Collegian, as well as broadcast news by doing Fresno State Focus TV. She is also a student member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and takes part in the Youth Advisory Council for ABC30. Brooke is currently focusing on multimedia journalism for the remainder of her time at Fresno State, before graduation in May 2022.