Luu Named 2021 State CSEY Winner

Luu Named 2021 State CSEY Winner
Posted on 06/24/2021
Dan Luu Named 2021 State CSEY WinnerDan Luu, lead custodian at John Baldwin Elementary School in Danville, was one of nine 2021 California Classified School Employees of the Year, recently honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for their dedication to California’s public school students.  

Luu is now eligible to be nominated for the second annual Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award, a national honor which will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in 2022. 

“I want to congratulate Dan Luu for so ably representing the classified employees of Contra Costa County at the state level,” County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “Classified school employees are important to the successful, everyday functions of schools. They represent the backbone of our school districts and contribute to the success of our students, teachers and communities.” 

Luu, who has 15 years of service, was one of five Contra Costa County Classified School Employees of the Year that were announced earlier this year. 

“Dan’s dedication and love of the school grounds is comparable to someone caring for their own home. Dan arrives early in the morning to clean, walk the grounds, and to ensure that the campus is at its best for students, staff, and community,” John Baldwin Elementary School Principal Joe Romagna wrote in his nomination letter for Luu. “The demands of a lead custodian’s job changed dramatically with school closures and the subsequent reopening for small groups, child nutrition distribution, and hybrid reopening. While the school was physically closed, Dan was hard at work cleaning out storage rooms in anticipation of furniture storage, and he later helped create a new cleaning schedule to accommodate for a.m. and p.m. student cohorts. Dan leads through example and mentorship.” 

The annual program honors outstanding classified school employees from the following categories: Paraprofessional Services, Clerical and Administrative Services, Transportation Services, Food and Nutrition Services, Custodial and Maintenance Services, Security Services, Health and Student Services, Technical Services, and Skilled Trades Services. This year’s recipients were chosen from 123 nominations statewide. 

A selection committee evaluates the applications using eligibility criteria and performance documentation in work performance, school and community involvement, leadership and commitment, local support from colleagues who speak to the nominee’s exemplary work, enhancement of classified school employees’ image in the community and the school, and any other areas the school deems exceptional and pertinent to the CSEY Award. Finalists are approved by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or his designee. 

“The pandemic has made this an incredibly difficult year for students and families; meeting students’ basic needs as well as their social and emotional needs is more important than ever,” Thurmond said. “Our outstanding classified employees have made heroic efforts to step up and support California’s students so they can continue to learn. These dedicated employees make sure kids have healthy meals, safe transportation on school buses, and someone to talk to during difficult and unexpected changes—helping keep them safe and supported in their lives and in their education.” 

The program is co-sponsored by the Classified School Employees Association and our Presenting Sponsor, San Mateo-based California Casualty. California’s Classified School Employee Week, established as an official week of statewide recognition in 1986 through Senate Bill 1552, was celebrated from May 16 to May 22, 2021. 
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