The Circle of Light Award is a very special award within our organizations. Initiated through peer nominations and conferred by our founders and our organizations’ leadership, this award is one of our highest honors.

The Circle of Light Award recognizes any individual in our organizations, regardless of position or path, for the positive leader and inspiring spirit that they are.

The Circle of Light Award recognizes our colleagues who are role models of amazing leadership. These individuals have hearts that put others first, whether it be students or colleagues. Most importantly, these individuals possess a spirit that lights the way for other to follow, living out our core values of mutual respect, mutual trust, integrity, and compassion.

Since the award’s inception over a decade ago, each recipient has demonstrated that they can accomplish much while also being a giving, supportive leader. On a daily basis, these colleagues exude that which inspires others – the embodiment of a caring and supportive heart, positive leadership, and a spirit that lights the way for others to follow.

We encourage you to take a moment and consider who you know that embodies the qualities of the Circle of Light. And after that moment of realization and gratitude, nominate them.

Past Winners


Leslie Banks

Leslie always goes above and beyond what most would do to make sure that students have what they need. She has the ability to brighten your day with a smile and positive attitude. Her dedication to our mission motivates other staff members to work hard.

Nancy Bradley

Nancy is a model educator who has a passion and dedication to making learning a meaningful experience. She is a team player who works tirelessly to draw out the greatness she sees in every student. Her kindness and generosity have made her the “circle of light” to all who work with her.

Carol Mispagel

Carol is an inspirational leader who leads her staff to become their best with encouragement, positivity, and endless support. She displays passion, charisma, and dedication on a daily basis. She always goes above and beyond her work responsibilities to make certain that everyone has the support that is needed.

Kwan Tam

Kwan is a model colleague and friend. He is sincere, kind, and follows through on his commitments. He is an incredible teacher who cares a lot about his students. Kwan is an asset to our company and embodies its core values.

Ariana Renteria

Ariana is a dedicated and diligent worker. She always leads by example and strives for excellence in all she does. She continuously goes above and beyond her call of duty by volunteering to help in any way she can.

Other Past Winners


  • Abel Cabrera
  • Brent Botzer
  • Crissy Kelley
  • Juan Martinez
  • Thomas Nguyen
  • Ileana Arroyo
  • Christine Lee


  • Allen Andrews
  • Irena Perlovich
  • Norma Carlos
  • Deanna Puckett
  • Neil Pilios
  • Kandice Bertonazzi


  • Jennifer Thompson
  • Kimberly Conrad
  • Suzie Manley
  • Jocelyn Baldwin
  • Ben Isaak
  • Antrin Kee


  • Molly Sircher
  • Lori Albright
  • Raul Amarillo


  • Melissa Guevara
  • Jessica Watterson


  • Melody Rhode
  • Paul Shemet
  • Julie Parra
  • Kathleen Hermans
  • Brianna Marchand


  • Mary Speck
  • Gloria Escobedo
  • Julie Parra
  • Justin Watkins
  • Joanna Mora


  • Pat Loncaric
  • Felicia Bams
  • Josh Sherod
  • Sandra Anthony
  • Jenny Bonilla


  • Michael Leonesio
  • Julie Hernandez
  • Kathy Lento


  • Carla Mueller
  • Bob Eichhorn
  • Jeff Moreno


  • Marvin Malone