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School Administrators honored with County-wide Awards

15:55 PM - May 16, 2024

On Friday, May 10, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) and school district representatives gathered to celebrate the achievements of their most exceptional administrators at the annual Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) El Dorado County Chapter Awards Dinner. Held at Jack Russell Farm Brewery in Camino, the ceremony was a testament to educational excellence and a heartwarming evening filled with laughter and poignant moments.

The event was well attended, with teachers, administrators, and school leaders from all four corners of the county. Each award presentation was unique, with presenters choosing humorous anecdotes or touching stories to highlight the winners’ achievements and contributions to education in El Dorado County.

As opened the awards ceremony, Alison Lishman, El Dorado County Chapter President, noted, "Tonight, we honor the remarkable dedication and innovative spirit of our school administrators and administrative staff. Your tireless efforts not only shape the path of education but also ignite the potential within every student. Each achievement we celebrate today reflects your commitment to excellence and your profound impact on our community’s future. Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition!"

Adding to the evening’s charm, the dinner was catered by John Sanders, owner of the beloved Old Town Grill in Placerville. Attendees were treated to gourmet dishes that added a local flavor to the night’s festivities.

As the event concluded, the atmosphere was one of camaraderie and mutual respect, reflecting the community’s commitment to fostering educational excellence. Below is a list of this year’s honored educators, who have each gone above and beyond in their dedication to inspiring and nurturing the minds of young learners:




Award Recipient 




Carrie Arnett 

Black Oak Mine Unified School District



Brian McCahon 

Buckeye Union School District 

Classified Management 

Director of Facilities 

Carrie Pearson 

El Dorado County Office of Education

Classified Management 

Coordinator to the Superintendent 

Dr. Ron Carruth 

El Dorado Union High School District 



Deborah Atkins 

Gold Oak Union School District



Bobbi Juhan 

Gold Trail Union School District

Classified Management 

Food Service Supervisor 

Dr. Alan Reeder 

Lake Tahoe Unified School District 


Associate Superintendent,  
 Educational Services 

Danielle Horneman 

Mother Lode Union School District


Director of Student Support Services 

Chris Garrett 

Pioneer Union School District 

Classified Management 

Lead Grounds Keeper /Custodian/Maintenance 

Kathryn Whittington 

Placerville Union School District

Classified Management 

Director of Nutrition Services 

Sue Meeth 

Pollock Pines Elementary School District 


Account Technician 

Karen Schudy  


Rescue Union School District 

Classified Management 

Human Resources Coordinator 

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