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Employees of the Year

Employees of the Year
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Congratulations To:

Teacher of the Year- Alecia Valdez
This year marks the my 7th year as a teacher. I started my education in Klein ISD attending Theiss, Doerre, and Klein High School. I attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 2011 with my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I’ve been at Benignus throughout my whole career and taught both fourth and fifth grade!

Clerical Employee of the Year- Dana Sanford
*Graduated Stratford High School, Spring Branch ISD (Houston)
*Studied Office Management at Bethany Nazarene College (currently Southern Nazarene University – Oklahoma)
*Started Klein career at Benignus in 2009


Teacher Assistant of the Year- Alexandria Griffin
Ms. Griffin has been in education for 25 years, and has spent the majority of her career in all sectors of Special Education. This includes six years in Adaptive Behavior and this is her 3rd year in the PASS Program in Klein. She has many stories of students with behavior challenges that thank her for changing their lives. She has previously worked with Amy Dziedic in Spring ISD, and is a master strategist and human deescalate expert. She modifies behavior with a look, a touch, soft tones, encouragement, comfort, and consistency.
Substitute of the Year- Gerry Goss

Professional Support – Allyson McIntosh
I have been working in Special Education for 12 years. I started out providing speech therapy in a private practice, then to the school districts, which is much more rewarding. During this time I went back to school and received my masters in special education with a certification as an educational diagnostician. I enjoy testing and assisting teachers with implementing academic intervention in the classroom to keep kiddos progressing. I enjoy being hands on and consulting with staff to make the best, most appropriate decisions to support students and I am so happy the staff like my support as well!




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