California Classified Employee of the Year Program


2017 Classified Employees of the Year

Six outstanding classified employees will be honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for their dedication to California’s public school students. Five of the employees are CSEA members: Karen Allison, Norman Dobrofsky, Bridget Sabin, Angie Porter and Andrei Rayas.

The California Classified Employee of the Year Program highlights the efforts of classified employees who contribute to a positive school environment, and have gone above and beyond what was expected of them.

The California Department of Education presented this award for the first time in 2008. Award winners serving students from pre-school through grade 12 were chosen from each of the following categories:

  • Child Nutrition
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Transportation
  • Paraeducator
  • Office and Technical Services
  • Support Services and Security

More information is available online from the California Department of Education. CSEA is proud to be one of the California Classified Employee of the Year Program's co-sponsors.

To find out if your county is actively participating in the program, contact your superintendent's office or county office of education.



Honors and Awards


Every year, CSEA members are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to their union and the students they serve.

Member of the Year Award

This award recognizes outstanding members for their commitment and dedication of classified employees to the students of California, community involvement, and activism.

CSEA Life Member and Honor Roll

Life Membership and Honor Roll placement are awarded to CSEA activists in recognition of extraordinary service to CSEA.

Communication Awards

CSEA’s Public Relations Committee recognizes CSEA communicators for their outstanding print and electronic communications.

California Classified Employee of the Year Award

Presented by the California Dept. of Education, this award highlights the efforts of classified employees.

California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year

Presented by the California Community College Board of Governors, this honors outstanding classified employees in community colleges.

Activist of the Year Award

This award recognizes members who vigorously advocate in political activities or specific causes important to the mission and goals of CSEA.

Humanitarian of the Year Award

This award is given to a person who reflects a noble desire to improve the lives of CSEA members and/or the community at large.

The Walter H. Blice Award

This award is given to a CSEA member/political activist in recognition for outstanding political service on behalf of CSEA.

The Victory Club Circle of Stars

This award recognizes the outstanding effort chapters make to increase enrollment in the Victory Club.

Membership Unity Program & Award

This vital program helps chapters increase strength and unity by providing training and motivation for chapter activists participation in crucial chapter activities.