Amezcua receives recognition for being an ‘Everyday Hero’


Richard Mendiola

Custodian Juan Amezcua and Plant Manager Sal Rivas enjoy cake in celebration of Amezcua’s nomination for California Classified School Employee of the Year.

Maria Ruiz

Custodian Juan Amezcua works tirelessly throughout campus in order to keep it in peak condition.

In February, Amezcua was honored with a nomination for California Classified School Employee of the Year in recognition of his dedication and hard work.

“I feel flattered,” Amezcua said. “I’ve been with the district for 15 years and it feels good to be appreciated, I’m really grateful.”

Plant Manager Sal Rivas submitted an “Everyday Heroes” recognition message acknowledging Amezcua’s commitment to the school. The Everyday Heroes Recognition Program is an award presented to Los Angeles Unified School District employees for their quality work to the school. From the “Everyday Heroes” message, a select group of employees are picked for the nomination.

“I noticed and recognized Juan’s dedication to the school, to his work ethic and his performance has been consistent for the past four years,” Rivas said. “He deserves this recognition because he never misses work and his dedication to his work is 100%.”

The committee of the California Department of Education chooses a winner through an assessment of work performance, school community involvement, leadership and commitment.

The committee hopes to acknowledge model employees who work efficiently and continually.

“I am here dedicated,” Amezcua said. “I give my pride to the school.”

On Feb. 9, Amezcua was joined by other faculty members to enjoy a cake celebrating his nomination.

“He is so respectful and kind,” Principal Deb Smith said. “He takes his job very seriously and he’s just so awesome.”