Human Resource Services Executive Secretary Gail Rainwater has earned the Classified Employee of the Year Award for the Long Beach Unified School District. The award was announced recently at a ceremony in honor of Classified Employee Week.
Rainwater, a 27-year employee with the school district, worked as a clerk typist for Student Placement Services, then as school secretary at Reid and Robinson schools, and as secretary at the Personnel Commission before joining the Human Resources staff.
“I feel very honored to have received this award,” Rainwater said. “I've had the privilege to work with many wonderful, dedicated and deserving classified employees over the years, and I am very proud to be a part of the LBUSD classified staff.”
Rainwater was nominated by colleague Paula Wiesenhutter.
“Gail never complains, is seemingly tireless and manages to set the bar higher every day,” Wiesenhutter wrote on the nomination form. “She has an uncanny way of making you feel special, important and valuable. She sets her own workload, cares and concerns aside to help others and still manages to meet all her deadlines, go the extra mile for her managers, co-workers, principals, school secretaries, and district employees wherever and whenever she can and in so doing makes this district a better place because she cares.”
In 1994 Rainwater undertook the job as secretary at the new Jackie Robinson Academy. With the school still under construction, she worked tirelessly to make the opening day a complete success. When President Bill Clinton visited the school (with the Secret Service making many demands), Gail again met the challenge with a smile on her face.
Rainwater is praised by colleagues for her invaluable behind-the-scenes (and beyond the work day) contributions to classified employee barbecues and annual secret Santa drives for needy children
Twenty-nine nominations for the Classified Employee of the Year Award were narrowed down to three finalists this year. In addition to Rainwater, this year’s finalists were John Bosley, campus security officer at Lindsey; and Jason Church, plant supervisor at Wilson.