Maria Arroyo is State Classified Honoree

Daly Academy’s Maria Arroyo is Named State Classified School Employee of Year
Posted on 05/02/2019
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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has honored a Chula Vista Elementary School District instructional assistant - behavioral specialist as one of six Classified School Employees of the Year. Maria Arroyo, who has worked at Daly Academy for the last 13 years, was honored in the para-educator and instructional assistance category.


Daly officials note that Mrs. Arroyo is always willing to lend a hand. “Her interactions with students comes straight from the heart,” said Joe Prosapio, Daly Academy Principal. “She values each and every student individually. She has a special knack for finding just the right thing to say or do for each child when he or she needs it. Each child that interacts with Maria walks away from that interaction feeling better.”


Mrs. Arroyo will be honored by Thurmond at a luncheon in Sacramento on May 23, along with five other respective honorees.


“Meeting students’ basic needs, as well as their social and emotional needs, is essential to ensuring that every student can learn,” said Thurmond, in prepared remarks. “These dedicated employees make sure that kids have healthy meals, safe transportation on school buses, and have someone to talk to during difficult times in their lives—allowing California’s students to reach their greatest potential.”Daly's Maria Arroyo has a great bond with her students.


Daly officials said there is not a single “hat” that Mrs. Arroyo doesn’t wear. The work that she does on any single day is nearly unmatched—it takes a special type of person to do it all with a smile and a desire to do it well so that students have an amazing day. Mrs. Arroyo understands trauma-informed care and never takes things personally. The children immediately know they will be loved, cared for, and educated. This allows for an environment of grace that helps students thrive.


Daly Academy is an alternative education program for kindergarten through sixth grade in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. The focus of the program is to assess the behavioral needs of each student and provide the academic, social/emotional and life skills necessary to cope effectively with a neighborhood school program and the child's community. The Academy is a special education program that provides a uniquely integrated set of educational and mental health services to students who demonstrate a significant impairment in social and emotional development.


“Daly Academy is not an easy place to work,” Prosapio said, which make her skills and professionalism all the more valued at the site.


Mrs. Arroyo was worked in CVESD for 23 years. She began her career at Myrtle S. Finney Elementary.


The state’s annual recognition program honors six outstanding classified school employees from the following categories: child nutrition; maintenance, operations, and facilities; office and technical support; para-educator and instructional assistance; support services and security; and transportation. This year’s recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominations statewide.

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