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District Announces Employees of the Year

Congratulations to our District employees of the year!

Mario AbundezMario Abundez

2023-2024 District Teacher of the Year

Mario Abundez has been teaching for nearly nine years in the Delano Joint Union High School District. As a Delano High School Tiger alumnus, he takes great pride in the opportunity to give back to the community that helped raise him to become a responsible, honest, and dedicated man to have the knowledge and skills to come back and serve as an example for our youth. As the Physical Education teacher at Valley High School, Mr. Abundez is spreading his passion for overall health and wellness across our school campus. He shared, “I love teaching our students. It doesn’t feel like work when you love what you do."





Rita BanksRita Banks

2023-2024 District Classified Employee of the Year & 2024 Kern County Classified Employee of the Year in the Security Services category.

Rita Banks is an exemplary campus security officer who consistently demonstrates excellence in her work performance. She goes above and beyond her duties to ensure the safety and well-being of the students, faculty, and staff. Ms. Banks is known for her exceptional ability to connect with students, building strong and positive relationships that contribute to a safe and welcoming campus environment. Additionally, she serves as a leader within her department, providing guidance and support to her colleagues. Ms. Banks’ dedication, professionalism, and commitment to excellence make her a valuable asset to the campus community. She rarely misses a day of work and can always be counted on to be in position and in direct communication with administrators regarding the safety and security of the campus.