Congratulations to our Band Director, Marcie Chapa on being awarded the Educator Champions of the Arts Gala 2019! Learn more about our Band Director in this video!
Please view Ms. Marcie Chapa as she received her award at the Chapions of the Art Gala on Saturday, February 2, 2019.
A lifetime of Impact from our Child Nutrition Director
Thank you Greg for all your years of service. We hope you enjoyed your retirement gathering!
Congratulations to Silvia Mazariegos for being recognized as our 2018 Classified Employee of the Year Nominee.
Thank you for all your hard work as the Child Nutrition Senior Assitant, we appreciate you!
Congratulations to Marci Ernst, Library Clerk at Elkhorn Elementary School as a County Classified Staff Employee of the Year winner! Congratulations, Marci!
NMCMS Teacher Megan Duits receives Crystal Apple Award
Join us in congratulating North Monterey County Middle School teacher Megan Duits on receiving the Crystal Apple Award presented by KSBW and the Pebble Beach Company. Ms. Duits was nominated by a fellow teacher recognizing her efforts to engage students and work with other staff members. She always goes above and beyond the call of duty. This will be aired on KSBW on Christmas Day.
In the News: Marcie Chapa
Watch Marcie Chapa perform, and her hands are a blur of motion on the drum kit. She’s just as bouyant over breakfast, announcing emphatically, “I’m starrrvinnnnggg” as she slides into a chair at Lighthouse Harbor Grille in Moss Landing.
Chapa is a professional drummer and classically trained percussionist who got her start as a drummer in Beyoncé’s original all-girl band The Sugar Mamas. She’s played alongside the likes of Alicia Keys and Jill Scott as well as recent performances with CeeLo Green.
She now calls Monterey home, and first started visiting the region in 2013 to work at a summer camp for girls in Big Sur. Then last August, she started teaching band to K-12 students in the North Monterey County Unified School District. A regular weekend for the Houston native involves red-eye flights to New York to play a show, then returning to teach at 7am on Monday mornings at one of six schools.
Chapa, who is no stranger to center stage, says she sometimes wonders about living in “small town” California. But she trusts the process of seizing opportunities as they come: “I believe that when doors open, you have to go through them. And you might not see the big picture until after you’ve been through the hard times,” she says. The Weekly got the scoop on her life as a teacher and performer.
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By Kelsey Liebenson-Morse
In the Transportation category, Mr. Andrei Rayas is one of six exemplary classified school employees that will represent Monterey County in the California Department off Education's 2017 Classified Employee of the Year Program. He will be recognized by the Monterey County Office of Education on May 22. Congratulations Mr. Andrei Rayas! See picture below.
On April 24, State School Chief Tom Torlakson announced the 2017 Classified School Employees of the Year and Mr. Andrei Rayas was selected in the Transportation Department and will be honored at a May 25 luncheon in Sacramento.
MOSS LANDING >> One of the most important lessons Andrei Rayas learned from his father is his attitude at work.
“I learned from my dad to be responsible in every way,” Rayas, the lead mechanic at North Monterey County Unified School District. “He always told me, ‘Lo que hagas, hazlo con gusto’ (whatever you do, do it with joy). And that’s what I’ve adopted from him.”
And that work ethic is what has made Rayas a 2017 Outstanding Classified Employee, one of six in California to earn the honor and the only in the transportation category. (Click here for the full story from the Monterey County Herald.)
Mrs. Oldakowski, Kindergarten teacher at Elkhorn Elemetary School, received the "Classroom Makeover" award from KION and Central Coast Federal Credit Union. She was surprised during class on March 30, 2017. Congratulations!