Ceres Unified School District Education Technology Specialist Mariana Sandoval has been named the 2019-20 Association of California School Administrators Region 7 Technology Administrator of the Year.
Sandoval and other administrators of the year from Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne and Mother Lode counties were recognized during a Zoom meeting on July 30. ACSA canceled its in-person awards ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was a surprise and an honor at the same time,” said Sandoval. “It makes me feel important. To know I made an impact is the best thing out of this.”
Sandoval started working for CUSD in 2006.
She’ll begin her seventh year as the district’s Education Technology Specialist this fall.
“She’s one of the most outstanding employees I’ve ever seen,” said Ashley Grim, Sandoval’s supervisor and the district’s program specialist. “Her dedication is unparalleled. She goes above and beyond. She has so many responsibilities. She helps students and teachers effectively integrate technology into the classroom. She’s invaluable especially during distance learning. I couldn’t imagine life without her and her team.”
“I’m always doing what’s best for students and teachers,” Sandoval added. “It’s a lot of work. I cover seven sites.”
A former CUSD student, Sandoval attended Don Pedro Elementary, Mae Hensley Jr. High and Ceres High School.
“I’ve been a part of this district since I was a kid,” she said. “That’s what makes winning this award so special.”