IUSD’s Janelle Cranch Named State Classified School Employee of the Year!


IUSD’s Janelle Cranch, Buyer Technician and President of California School Employees Association, Chapter 517, has been named by the Department of Education as a California Classified School Employee of the Year.  Janelle, who also received the county’s Classified Employee of the Year award earlier this year, is being recognized for her many contributions to our students, schools, and the entire Irvine community.  Janelle Cranch4191-4x5

This annual, state-wide award program recognizes six outstanding classified school employees, each representing one of the following categories: Child Nutrition; Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities; Office and Technical Support; Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance; Support Services and Security; and Transportation. This year’s recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominees.

For 26 years, Janelle has been a tenacious advocate, who is unwavering in her commitment to serving the students in our district and the people who work here.  Her commitment, compassion and work ethic have earned her a reputation as one of the most beloved and respected members of the school community.

She is an invaluable asset and resource in supporting the District’s vision and mission.  She advocates for classified personnel as well as the education of students and has occupied several leadership roles on prominent committees at the state and local levels.

In sighting her accomplishments, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson noted, “Her conduct serves as a model of the core values of the Irvine Unified School District, which is one of the most high-performing districts in the nation.  During the state’s budget crisis, Mrs. Cranch’s leadership, calm communication style and comprehensive understanding of District finances greatly contributed to the continued and ongoing success of its instructional programs.”

Classified employees are a vital part of the success of our education system.  They help ensure students arrive to school on time, receive nutritious meals, and are able to learn in a clean, safe, and well-ordered environment. They are instrumental in helping to build and strengthen an overall positive school climate and culture.

Please join IUSD in congratulating Janelle on this prestigious award.