Lakewood Custodian is Employee of Year

DeWayne Hundley, a custodian at Lakewood High School, has earned the Classified Employee of the Year Award from the Long Beach Unified School District. The award was announced during a recent celebration in honor of classified employees.

“Thank you, everybody. I’ve never won anything like this before,” said Hundley, who has worked for the school district for 19 years, all at Lakewood. “It feels wonderful. I really appreciate it.”

Nominated for the honor by Lakewood teacher Michelle Malchiodi, Hundley is described as a positive person who doesn’t complain and does much more than his job. He also serves as a mentor to many students, especially students with special needs.

“DeWayne is a person many of our students can look to for guidance and help,” stated Malchiodi in the custodian’s nomination form. “He teaches and demonstrates exceptional social skills, manners and behavior that young adults will need to be part of the work force.”

Hundley also is known for being friendly and reliable.

“DeWayne is the go-to guy on our campus for just about anything,” Malchiodi said. “His friendly manner makes him easily approachable for anything, from fixing a student’s broken glasses to walking a new student to their next class to helping fix our broken pool.”

A total of 29 nominations submitted for the Classified Employee of the Year Award were narrowed down to six finalists, including Hundley. Nomination papers were submitted by colleagues and reviewed by a committee of classified employees. The winner and finalists also will be honored at the June 2 Board of Education meeting.

The other five finalists were Chett Davidson, locksmith; Sylvia Flegal, office supervisor at MacArthur; Alex Hernandez, intermediate office assistant at Willard; Richard Hoover, choral accompanist at Lakewood; and Joselito Leonor, plant supervisor at Lakewood.

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – DeWayne Hundley, a custodian who has worked at Lakewood High School for 19 years, earned the Classified Employee of the Year Award.

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