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Four local school employees receive accolades

POSTED January 18, 2013 10:02 p.m.

A desire to help people succeed in education is the reason Beverly Cullum wakes up every day. 

Cullum, a typist clerk at Turlock Adult School, will be honored among 28 outstanding classified education employees through Stanislaus County’s “Employees Making a Difference” on Tuesday at the Petersen Event Center in Modesto.

For Cullum, her job is her passion.

Since beginning her tenure at Turlock Adult School in 2004, Cullum goes above and beyond assisting students and staff at the Turlock Unified School District’s ROP/CTE programs.

“I am proud to nominate Beverly Cullum, typist clerk at Turlock Adult School/ROP for the Employees Making a Difference award,” wrote Adult School Principal Alice Pollard.  “Beverly is the epitome of an outstanding employee who goes above and beyond.”

School districts throughout Stanislaus County selected their own honorees.  Five of the 28 classified employees will be selected to represent the county in the California School Employee of the Year program.

“It’s an honor to be nominated,” said Cullum.  “To be recognized for my hard work and dedication with the district is an unbelievable feeling.”

At Turlock Adult School, Cullum provides special assistance to ROP/CTE teachers and staff with budgets.

“She possesses a wealth of knowledge related to ROP/CTE which is a tremendous help to our office and to the Pitman and THS sites,” wrote Pollard in her nomination.  “Teachers regularly contact Bev if they are experiencing problems with their budgets and grants as well as a myriad of other issues.  She is the 'go to' person and is extremely patient and always displays a smile when dealing with complicated issues related to our ROP/CTE programs.”

Cullum is an active member in her church and helped sponsor a team for the Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off. 

Other TUSD classified employee nominees include E.S.L. paraprofessional Cyndi Sims from Julien Elementary and paraprofessional Karen Souza from Pitman High School.

Custodian Ken Bailey from Denair Elementary is also among the nominees being recognized.

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