November 2018 Employees of the Month

GGUSD’s Employee of the Month program is designed to recognize employees who: put others first; go above and beyond to make a difference in their role; carry out each day with a positive attitude and strong work ethic and demonstrate innovation, leadership, and passion for their job.

Diane Martinez


Diane joined the district in 1999 as a part-time school office clerk at Eisenhower Elementary School. From 2001 to 2007, Diane worked in the Office of K-12 Educational Services and since 2007, she has served as the school secretary for Irvine Intermediate School.  Diane was nominated for this recognition by Irvine’s Principal Bill Gates as well as several of her colleagues who referred to her multiple times as the school’s “go-to person” and the “glue that holds the school together.”  Principal Bill Gates said Diane never ceases to amaze him with her ability to manage, maintain and model what an effective and efficient office truly is. He said she masterfully supports students, parents, teachers, and staff, and is kind, considerate, friendly, and knowledgeable with outstanding character in all facets of life.  Another Irvine colleague said that Diane demonstrates the value of hard work and selfless service, quietly and humbly supporting every aspect of the school during challenging times. Diane said her favorite part of the job is helping students and being a part of their education.  Diane said she feels blessed to work with an amazing staff, wonderful teachers, and caring administrators.

Kristine Levenson


Our Certificated Employee of the month is Kristine Levenson who has served as Principal of Crosby Elementary School since joining the district in 2012.  Kristine was nominated for this recognition by several parents who said that Kristine always has a smile on her face, and is energetic and caring! She takes each child's educational path very seriously and always makes the best decisions on their behalf. The parent shared that her daughter was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade and Kristine showed enormous support during her daughter’s entire educational career.  Another parent said Kristine cares for each and every student, and does not hesitate to communicate with parents. The parent shared that Kristine goes out of her way to make parents feel special too and went on to say, “I love the positive vibe Mrs. Levenson brings to the room. The students genuinely love her and respect her. She's an adult who has no problem showing a silly side just to see her students laugh. I appreciate that she takes the time to call parents whenever there is a concern. She's a GREAT leader and deserves to be recognized.” Kristine said her favorite thing about her job is that she gets to spend every day supporting students and teachers!