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We are entering our final part of our 3-part series highlighting our Employee Award Winners from 2018/18.

We asked our award winners questions to describe what thier award means to them and what advice would they give to new educators and staff beginning their journey.

For our first interview, we spoke with Movers, Makers & Bakers Award Winner, Tom Sabaska.

What’s your title and school location?

Maintenance Lead

SCESD Maintenance Department

How many years of teaching?

28 years

What brought you to Salinas City Elementary School District?

I originally worked in the new construction sector as a plumber doing both plumbing,and heating installations in new homes, however during the winter months the work would generally slow down, and to stay busy I started working for the Salinas City School District on a part-time basis… Obviously 28 years later the part-time aspect didn’t work out!

What keeps you motivated and inspired on a dialy basis?

I stay motivated, and inspired easily as I still enjoy working to transform, and improve our school sites. Never has the thought that “students are the focus of our work”meant so much....Principals,Teachers, and Aides are tasked with educating the students directly ,indirectly the Maintenance Staff is responsible for creating the proper learning environment for the children to thrive in, we all work together for the common goal of educating our youth.

What does your award mean to you?

I’m very humbled and grateful to be acknowledged by this individual award, but I would also like to acknowledge my fellow team members who work hard on a daily basis to keep our schools safe, secure,and in the great working condition they are in.

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?

The most gratifying thing about my job is knowing that at the end of each work day the team’s accomplishments from the day will hopefully translate into making it easier for someone at the school site tomorrow ...to either teach ,or learn...or both.

Any advice for new educators?

My advice to new educators would be to smile (it always helps)promote positive ideas, and relationships. Keep the ideas fresh, explore other avenues to engage or enlighten students if the old ideas no longer work .