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High School names their People of the Year

Delano High School

Mr. Don Chandler

Don Chandler is a Discipline Liaison, Coach, Mentor, and Passionate Advocate for all students at Delano High School. His endless dedication and selflessness make him a true inspiration of the Delano High School culture and climate. He has contributed to the increasing amount of sense of safety among our students, teachers and staff. We all look to Don for help at Delano High School and he will always say yes, wholeheartedly, to lending a hand. Don is true man of faith.  He is a devoted family man to his wife, two sons, and daughter in law. It is with true honor that we provide Mr. Don Chandler with this accolade of our 2019 Classified Tiger of the Year for Delano High School.

Mrs. Ordoñez

Mrs. Ordoñez has dedicated 20 years serving the students of this district.  She has taught and influenced the lives of thousands of children in the Delano community; including one fourth of the current administration team.  She has served as a cornerstone of our science department for many years.  Mrs. Ordonez has done so much for Delano High School and for the students that we serve so I think it is fitting that we honor Mrs. Maria Ordoñez, on her final year before retiring, as Delano High School’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.

Mariano Balbuena

Mariano has achieved a GPA of 4.33 and is involved in many extra-curricular activities on and off campus- Mariano has played 3 years of Baseball and Basketball at DHS, he has been President of Delano High School’s Future Business Leaders of America Club, he has represented Delano High as a Boys State Delegate in Sacramento, and he currently works as a basketball Coach and Referee for Middle and Elementary school kids. Mariano has applied at Fresno State, UC-Merced, UCLA, and Harvard, where he plans to major in Physical Therapy. Mr. Balbuena will be graduating from both Delano High and Bakersfield College this spring, the first student in Delano High History to complete this achievement. Mariano’s long term goal is to open his own Physical Therapy Clinic.


Cesar Chavez High School

Iris Guerra

Iris Guerra is an attendance clerk at Cesar E. Chavez High School and has always shown a tremendous ability to take on multiple tasks. She is extremely hard working and is always looking for different ways to help others. She has worked in our district since 2000 and has held multiple roles at both DHS and CCHS. She states that her favorite part of the job is her daily interactions with parents and students. We would like to thank Iris for all that she does for our campus.

Aurora Delgadillo

Mrs. Delgadillo is Foreign Language teacher and department chair she has been with in our District for 32 years. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mrs. Delgadillo was an instructional aid in our district for 5 years. Despite the years of experience, we are always amazed with the energy and love that she brings each and every day. This year, she has taken on multiple roles as zero period 8th grade teacher, a drama teacher, Soccer coach, and department chair. Her love for our students is undeniable. We would also like to congratulate Mrs. Delgadillo for being selected as the District Teacher of the Year.

Mayra Lara

By her teachers and counselor, Mayra is described as confident, positive attitude, and respectful. Mayra has accomplished a lot during her time as a CCHS Titan. Some of what is she is most proud of is being abel to balance academics and extra-curricular activities. She has been selected as Soroptimist Girl of the Year as a Junior, has been recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor by the College Board, and given the National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar Award.  She is currently ranked number 1 in her class and has applied to UC Berkley, UC Davis, UCLA, and Cal Poly. She currently has her heart set on UC Berkley to major in Civil Engineering. Her advice to younger CCHS Students is to “work hard all four years, because in the end, everything will count, but also make time to have fun”. We are confident that Mayra will accomplish all of her goals and much more.


Robert Kennedy High School

Mr. Daniel Montoya

Mr. Montoya has been teaching mathematics since RFK opened its doors in 2008.  He is a dedicated and passionate teacher who always goes above and beyond for the students.  He works as one of the math department’s lead teachers and for this year, Mr. Montoya has also taken up the challenge to serve as a Math Coach.  Mr. Montoya collaborates with department cohorts on modifying curriculum, creating assessments, gap resources and to increase the integration of technology in the math classrooms.   

Amador Orozco

Amador Orozco has gone above and beyond.  He is an individual that is extremely reliable, dependable, well organized, and very self-motivated.  He is recognized on and off campus for his commitment in assisting students, parents, and staff.  Amador is always courteous to others and always willing to lend a hand and help in any way he can.  In addition to his 8 hour shifts, Amador is seen working just as hard with our Athletic programs.  He volunteers his time with our football program, helping with clock management or with anything that may arise.  He is also an on staff as an assistant varsity baseball coach.  The energy and enthusiasm that Amador demonstrates every day is remarkable.  The combination of his high ethical standards and his ongoing commitment to our school, our students, and our community, make him exceptionally worthy of this award. 

Juan Antonio Medina

Juan Antonio has worked extremely hard to get to where he is today.  Juan Antonio is currently ranked number 1 in his senior class.  Juan Antonio has taken AP and Honor classes, Dual enrollment courses, played basketball 4 years, and is currently the ASB President and has managed to maintain a GPA above 4.0 all four years.  He recently has been accepted to college.  


Valley High School

Jim Beltran – Certificated

Therese Truman – Classified

Zoe Herrera – Student