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 recipients of the “YOU’VE GOT THE EDGE” award for October 2022 are:

Jose Penilla, Campus Security at Canyon High School and Elizabeth Morlet, Counselor at Parkside Education Center

Both Jose and Elizabeth go above and beyond to serve the staff and students of the Orange Unified School District in ways that reflect the core values of OUSD’s EDGE.

Canyon High School Assistant Principal Greg Smith had this to say about Jose:

"Jose Penilla is the backbone and conscious of student well-being at Canyon HS. Jose consistently puts the welfare and success of its students and staff first so that Canyon continues to serve OUSD and Anaheim Hills with pride. Jose Penilla is a great man who is critical to making Canyon the great place it is for students."

Parkside Education Center Principal Julie Lucas had this to say about Elizabeth:

Liz Morlet works with students at Parkside and especially the ASPIRE program to support academic, social emotional, mental health, behavioral needs.  She is an excellent communicator with teachers, administration, parents and outside resource agencies to provide a highly important connection between families and the school.  She assists parents with mental health support for some of our most vulnerable and high needs students.  She is tireless in her efforts to ensure the students at Parkside connect and are supported to all avenues of Genuine Wellness.  Liz is creative with her solutions in assisting students, empathic, and positive with staff and parents.  She is sought after from all stakeholders here at Parkside and is a highly valuable and wonderful OUSD employee!"

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

October 2022 Employee of the Month - Jose Penilla


October 2022 Employee of the Month Jose Penilla with HR Admins


October 2022 Employee of the Month - Elizabeth Morlet


October 2022 Employee of the Month - Elizabeth Morlet with HR admins