Sunnyside Schools names Golden Apple winners

The Sunnyside School District has announced the Golden Apple award winners for the 2021-22 school year.

They are:

Administrator of the Year, Kirk Weets, Custodial Coordinator

High School Teacher of the Year, Susana Rodriquez

Middle School Teacher of the Year, Jonathan Babcock, Harrison Middle School

Elementary Teacher of the Year, David Phillips, Sun Valley Elementary School

Para Educator of the Year, Janet Aguirre, Braille Specialist, District-wide

Student Support Staff of the Year, Tania Alarcon, Transportation Department

School Support Staff of the Year, Enrique Rocha, Sunnyside High School/Custodial Department

Specialist of the Year, Casandra Schilperoort, Instructional Coach, District-wide

Office Staff of the Year, Carmela Galvan, Juana Juarez, Sherry Castilleja, Washington Elementary School

David Guevara, Extracurricular Staff of the Year, SHS, Coaching

Substitute Teacher of the Year, Stacey Olivarez, Chief Kamiakin Elementary/Pioneer Elementary

The awards are presented every year to the staff members that demonstrate dedication to children and education and go out of their way to help others and consistently look for new ways to positively influence the lives of children.

All winners were nominated by fellow staff members, students, parents, administrators or community members.

You can see past winners at

Kevin Rounce can be reached at 509-837-4500 ext 110 or email

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