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Presenting the 2022-23 Luminaria Awards

2023 Alisal USD Luminaria Awards


Every year, the Alisal Union School District, in collaboration with Alisal Education Foundation, recognizes classified and certificated staff with the “Luminaria” award. The Luminaria Award is presented to staff members who have distinguished themselves for their service and dedication to students and families; who shine a bright light for others to follow. Inscribed on the Luminaria certificate, the following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson reads: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” The following Luminaria winners exemplify this spirit of leadership: 


Alisal Community School

Erika Vega

Graciela Flores


Alisal Virtual Academy

Stephanie Valdez

Candance Ambrose


Bardin Elementary 

Sandra Sanchez-Chavez

Danielle Banionis


Cesar E. Chavez Elementary

KimVi Tran

Dinah Nocon


Creekside Elementary 

Kalah Larison 

Leila Martínez


Frank Paul Elementary 

Cecilia Ortiz

Estela Mercado Rodriguez


Fremont Elementary 

Ulises Foronda Pirin

Maria García del Angel


Dr. Oscar F. Loya Elementary 

Jeff Goularte

Lydia Valtierra


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Academy 

Sandra Saldaña

Ana Lila Novoa


Monte Bella Elementary 

Toby Ritenour

Pedro Reyes


Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary

Leticia López

Olga García 


John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Selina Velasquez-Silva 

Claudia Avalos 


Virginia Rocca Barton Elementary

Teresa Martinez

Nancy Parker


District Wide

Brenda Morales (Food Services – Monte Bella)

Alma Gonzales (Clerical Services - Monte Bella)

Janet Martinez-Angeles (Pupil Personnel Services)

Gabriela Moran (Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Safety)

Christian Murillo (Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Safety)

Thomas Flannery (Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Safety)

Patricia Perea (Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Safety) 



Congratulations to all Luminaria recipients. The Alisal Union School District shines brighter because of you.