Pamela Auman, speech-language pathology assistant at Buffum Total Learning Center, 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 at the Teacher Resource Center.
“I’m a little overwhelmed right now,” Auman said. “I appreciate all of my co-workers who submitted nominations, and all the nice things they said about me."
Buffum TLC serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers who have special needs.
Several of Auman’s colleagues nominated her for the award and described her as a compassionate, empathetic and creative speech language pathologist assistant for students who have various disabilities. She uses pictures, devices, sign language and more, constantly finding new ways to help make lessons and materials more fun and engaging for students.
“She always puts others first, and our site’s speech and language team could not function without her amazing support and hard work,” speech language pathologist Carolyn Caldwell said. “Her kindness and patience is so apparent that the students instantly trust her and connect with her.”
Nearly 30 nominations for the Classified Employee of the Year Award were narrowed down to five finalists, including Auman. The winner and finalists also will be honored at the June 19 Board of Education meeting.
The four other finalists were Elsa Baul, accountant at Accounting; Brenda Cassman, intermediate office assistant at Millikan; Mary Ann Lazatin, office supervisor at Hamilton; and Albert Marquez, plant supervisor at Gant.