Classified Employee of the Year

As first impressions go, Genevieve Sanchez makes some of the best.  Sanchez, the first to greet visitors at the district’s Education Center, excels at helping others and putting parents at ease.  Thanks to this record, Sanchez was named 2015 Classified Person of the Year by the district’s Board of Education. 


“I was very surprised and very honored,” Sanchez said of the award.  The receptionist and translator-clerk-typist assists parents and other visitors with a variety of requests, including meetings, enrollment, bus passes, and special needs.  Her approach to the job?  Being positive and patient with customers, she said.  “If I go the extra mile for them, they do appreciate the help.”


Sanchez evokes such appreciation routinely, her colleagues say.  “Gen is the epitome of what an organization looks for in an employee,” said Paula Ford, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services.  “She is kind, conscientious, smart … and is always the first person to volunteer to assist another department or person in need.”


Sanchez’s assistance to parents has been invaluable, Ford added.  In 2015, for example, the district shifted to a new online bus pass system.  Hundreds of parents required help navigating the new system – and Sanchez walked each one through the process, Ford said.  Steering so many through a new protocol was an extraordinary task, with a payoff of greater efficiency and decreased waiting times.  Sanchez handled the changeover expertly, her colleagues agreed.


Sanchez, selected as Classified Person of the Year from among 1,000 classified employees districtwide, has served JUSD for 25 years.  Her roles have included elementary media center clerk, instructional aide, bilingual language tutor, and clerk-typist. 


Outside of work, Sanchez enjoys reading, cooking and listening to music.  She lives in Jurupa Valley with her husband of 40 years and loves spending time with her four children – all successful JUSD alumni – and seven grandchildren.