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 March 2021 is:

Kendy Gioia, Early Learning Specialist at the Early Learning Center

“Congratulations Kendy!  Kendy 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.

Cheryl Sosa, Coordinator, Early Learning Center had this to say about Kendy: "Kendy Gioia is the Early Learning Specialist at the Early Learning Center.  In her role, she supports early learning programming for children ages 0-5 through our State Preschool and Learning Link programs.  Her teacher training skills and knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices have contributed to our program being recognized as a 5-star program by QualityStart OC.  When Kendy sees a gap in what children need and what we are currently providing, she finds a way to work together as a team to meet the need.  During the pandemic, Kendy stepped outside the box and began to teach LIVE on Facebook every day to provide children the opportunity to connect with our program, each other, the curriculum, and learn new foundational skills.  Kendy deserves to be recognized for her unwavering commitment to the District’s core values and our youngest learners."

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

Employee of the Month Kendy Gioia with Ernie Gonzalez



Employee of the Month, Kendy Gioia with Ernie Gonzalez and Tracy Knibb


Employee of the Month, Kendy Gioia with staff from the Early Learning Center