Chef Sheehan Wins Employee of Year Award

Nutrition Services catering supervisor Kevin Sheehan accepted the Classified Employee of the Year Award at the annual employee barbecue, where hundreds of colleagues cheered at the lunchtime announcement. Sheehan oversees the cafeteria, also known as the coffee bar, in the Administration Building.

"Wow. This is so cool," said Sheehan upon accepting the honor. The former Hi-Hill Outdoor School employee began his job at the central office three years ago. "I never imagined I’d be working here in the city, but I love my job. Thank you for naming me, and thank you to all the guys back at the coffee bar who are working so I could be here today."

Sheehan was one of 34 employees, including eight finalists, vying for this year’s award. Colleagues who nominated Sheehan said he "always has an extremely enthusiastic attitude and makes it look like any request, late or not, is his pleasure to assist with. Along with his contagious smile, he serves up a positive attitude for everyone. He knows the importance of doing his job well. He is an exemplary employee, and the people who routinely work with him are proud to know him and have him on our team. He comes up with creative suggestions to make meetings a success. He has incredible creative energies and proves it daily in how he spices up the food in his kitchen, makes new and different food items for us and is always striving for a way to serve up something exciting, so when we walk away with one of his creations, it just might add a little sunshine to our day."

Co-workers said Sheehan makes an effort to know all employees by name, and that he "interacts with his immediate staff in a way which allows them to feel appreciated and honored to have him as their supervisor. He displays excellence in his personal performance at all times."

The seven other finalists announced at the Classified Employee Barbecue were Poly High School student store operator Leslie Eve, Cubberley K-8 School plant supervisor Samuel Hill, Emerson Charter School custodian Albert Marquez, Buffum Elementary School instructional aide Sherrie Opitz, Lindbergh Middle School instructional assistant Jorge Quezada, International Student Registration staff secretary Grace Reyes and bus driver Bryan Smith.

Nominees for the award are those who support the school district’s educational mission by contributing significantly to the classroom support and/or the business (non-school) operations of the district. They also demonstrate a commitment to being a team player and a positive role model for others, and they strive for excellence in personal performance.