Santa Cruz Valley Students
SCVUSD35 Employees of the Year

At SCVUSD35 we would like to acknowledge our teachers, support staff, and administrators, that have consistently gone above and beyond every day. Thanks for making our district great!

Teachers of the year
Monica Salas

       Mountain View

        Monica Salas - Kindergarten

  • Caring, Motivating
  • Approachable team leader
  • Patient, calm, nurturing
  • Students' faces light up when they see her
Jessica Valencia-Kuhm

        San Cayetano

        Jessica Valencia-Kuhm - Physical Education

  • Team player
  • Detail oriented
  • Postive attitude
  • Dedicated
Melissa Jauregui

       Calabasas K-8 - Santa Cruz County Teacher of the Year

        Melissa Jauregi - 5th Grade

  • Not afraid to take calculated risks
  • Positively pushes students to be successful independent learners
Kelsey Leaf

        Coatimundi Middle

        Kelsey Leaf - Band

  • Dedicated
  • Advocates for students in need
  • Empathetic and compassionate
Nagesh Kumar

        Rio Rico High School - SCVUSD35 Teacher of the Year

        Nagesh Kumar - Honors Pre-Calculus/AP Calculus

  • Builds positive relationships with students
  • Celebrated icon - rock star among students, yet is
  • Humble and exceptional

Mr. Kumar, the Rock Star



Site Support Staff of the year
Roxanne Gonzalez

       Mountain View

        Roxanne Gonzalez - Parent Liaison

  • Positive Attitude
  • Cheerful, welcoming
  • Strong Work ethic
Irma Orozco

        San Cayentano

        Irma Orozco - Attendance Clerk

  • Aware of every child's story
  • Builds positive relationships
  • Compassionate, caring
Irma Velez

       Calabasas K-8

       SCVUSD35 Support Staff Person of the Year

       Irma Velez - Parent Liaison

  • Ensures those in need receive food and clothing
  • Ensures parents help students be their best
  • Knows the importance of first impressions; always puts "best foot forward" in marketing the school
Yara Sanchez

      Coatimundi Middle

      Yara Sanchez - Parent Liaison

  • Leader
  • Extraordinary work ethic, dependability, energy, accountability, and caring
Lucia Manzo

        Rio Rico High School

        Lucia Manzo -  Secretary to Assistant Principals

  • Team Player
  • Detail Oriented
  • Positive attitude
  • Dedicated


Administrator of the Year

Shelly Vrough

       Rio Rico High School

        Shelly Vroegh

  • Heart and soul of school
  • Excellent instructional leader
  • Demonstrates energy, passion, support, perseverance, and kindness to staff, students, and parents
  • Systematically changed culture on campus making it fun and enjoyable to teach
  • Inspires all

In her own words:


Two graduates


Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman announced the extended closure of Arizona schools until the end of the 2019–2020 school year as a necessary step in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Although all school sites and activities will remain closed through the end of the school year, the at-home learning opportunities which have been communicated by your student's school will continue as planned. 

Meal services for students will also continue throughout the remainder of the school year.