2016 - 17 LEAD LEARNER AWARD WINNER

Ron Dillender

For the first time, Salinas City Elementary School District will be showcasing a 3-part series highlighting our Employee Award Winners from 2016/17.

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

For our first interview, we spoke with Lead Learner Award Winner, Ron Dillender.

What’s your title and school location?

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 

SCESD District Office

How many years of teaching?

20 years

What brought you to Salinas City Elementary School District?

My family and community

What keeps you motivated and inspired on a dialy basis?

I work to remember that after all of the meetings, trainings, discussions, and plans, the real reason we do all of this is to help students progress in their learning and for teachers to become better at what they do. That’s why I do what I do and that’s what keeps me going.

What does your award mean to you?

I was proud to accept the “Lead Learner” award, but felt that I really received it on behalf of so many talented certificated and classified employees who are dedicated and work together to fulfill our district’s mission. I felt this was a brief pause and validation of all of our planning and hard work together.

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?

I love visiting classrooms, talking to teachers, and working with principals to make what’s good even better. I’m inspired by the passionate educators with whom I have the privilege to work.

Any advice for new educators?

I’ve discovered in my life that you find what you are looking for. No place is that more true than our classrooms and schools. While there are many negative things that we have to deal with in our profession, there are so many more that we have to celebrate. Find the joy every day in what you do and share that with others. You have the opportunity to make a difference that matters. Make that difference today. I’m reminded of these words from Gabriela Mistral, a famous Chilean educator who said, “Many things can wait. Children cannot. Today their bones are being formed, their blood is being made, their senses are being developed. To them we cannot say ‘tomorrow.’ Their name is today.”