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We are entering part 2 of our 3-part series highlighting our Employee Award Winners from the 2017-18 school year.

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

For our first interview of the year, we spoke with District Office Lead Learner Award Winner, Diane Salomone.

What’s your title and school location?

District Nurse

District Office

How many years of teaching?

36 years (including years in Nursing)

What brought you to Salinas City Elementary School District?

What brought me to SCESD was the ability to work with children and families again after teaching psychiatric mental health nursing at Hartnell College.

What keeps you motivated and inspired on a dialy basis?

These amazing families who get their children to school through good times and bad. We have a 97% attendance rate! I also work with inspirational staff who try their best to provide a quality education and life experience for the children and their families.

What does your award mean to you?

I’m humbled and grateful. The award truly belongs to the 14 Health Aides and all of my colleagues who make the dream work.

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?

When you know a child feels valued and supported.

Any advice for new educators?

Take care of yourself. Eat healthy. Move daily. Get enough sleep. Maintain and nurture your relationships. You will increase your energy and enjoyment from life and thrive.