Monthly EDGE Recognition

“YOU’VE GOT THE EDGE” Employee of the Month Recognition program has been designed with the District’s Core Values in mind.  This program encourages outstanding customer service in the workplace in fulfillment of the District’s new Strategic Plan. It increases awareness of the goals and values as well as the importance and significance of outstanding performance.

Certificated and Classified employees who have been nominated by their peers, co-workers, and/or supervisors are selected for exemplifying the following core values:

  • Integrity - We embrace a culture of ethical and transparent decision-making and actions.
  • Equity - We promote inclusive and culturally relevant environments by supporting the social-emotional and intellectual needs of all.
  • Respect - We advocate for strong, compassionate relationships that appreciate the unique qualities of our diverse community.
  • Excellence - We strive for the highest standards in all endeavors by deliberately pursuing continuous growth and innovation.

The recipient of the “YOU’VE GOT THE EDGE” award for February 2021 is:

Mary Porcella, Occupational Therapist at Special Education

Congratulations Mary!  Mary goes above and beyond to serve the staff, students, and community of Orange Unified. She always greets everyone with a positive attitude and takes time to help anyone that needs her assistance.

Bree Tippets, Principal, Canyon Rim Elementary had this to say about Mary: "Mary is a key contributor to the success of the Canyon Rim Roadrunners! She helps our students fulfill their role as students by supporting their academic achievement and promoting positive behaviors necessary for learning. Ms. Mary supports academic and non-academic outcomes, including social skills, math, reading and writing, behavior management, recess, self-help skills, prevocational/vocational participation, and more. Because of her expertise in activity and environmental analysis, Mary is skilled in facilitating student access to curricular and extracurricular activities. She focuses on our students’ strengths and designs and implements programming to improve inclusion and accessibility, such as Universal Design for Learning. Additionally, she plays a critical role in educating parents, educators, administrators, and other staff members. She offers services along a continuum of prevention, promotion, and intervention and serves individual students, groups of students, whole classrooms, and whole school initiatives. She collaborates within our education team to support student success!"

Congratulations, Mary! The Board of Education thanks you for your dedication and devotion to the Orange Unified School District.


Mary Porcella receiving award.


Mary Porcella at Canyon Rim Elementary


Mary Porcella at Canyon Rim Elementary


Ernie Gonzalez, Mary Porcella, Bree Tippets, Rachele Dale, Andrew Granite and Tracy Knibb