2016 Models of Excellence

2016 MODELS OF EXCELLENCE

The District’s Excellence Campaign is a celebration of OMSD alumni who serve as models of excellence for our students by continuing to give back to our community through their service.  Research has proven that high expectations, positive role models, strong student-teacher relationships, and believing students will succeed have a direct positive impact on students’ academic success and in building strong communitiesThey are celebrated for their service to the OMSD community, for exemplifying positive role models, and for continuing to inspire our students to succeed.

 


   





Mrs. Madeline “Linnie” Gillum is a proud alumna of Sultana Elementary School and De Anza Middle School and is currently a classroom teacher at Sultana.  Linnie has been a part of OMSD for the last 53 years. Attending Sultana since first grade, Linnie returned to OMSD as a teacher.  Following in her parents footsteps of volunteerism and credo of giving back to the community, Linnie has volunteered as a Sultana PTA parent and in the library.  Linnie is inspired by her parents and her late husband, who also being a product of OMSD, encouraged her to inspire to teach the students that they can become anything and go anywhere their dreams can imagine. Linnie's mother started the first library at Sultana Elementary School. One of Mrs. Gillum’s favorite quotes is by her father, Bill Holt, who said, “You may never know the real difference you make in a child’s life.  The toughest kid is the one who needs you the most.” Linnie’s advice to her educator peers is to let their students know that they care for them since her experience has been that when trust is built, then the walls come down and real learning can happen.  She encourages parents to teach their children that being successful and happy has to include giving of themselves to others since our children are our hope for a peaceful future.  For Mrs. Gillum, excellence is living with passion.  Whatever you endeavor to do, put all of yourself into it.  For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District recognizes and celebrates Mrs. Madeline “Linnie” Gillum as a 2015-2016 Model of Excellence.  Her commitment to excellence is certain to motivate and inspire current and future generations of OMSD students, educators, parents, and community members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Joshua Andrews is a proud alumnus of Lehigh Elementary School and Serrano Middle School.  As a professional football player in the National Football League, Mr. Andrews currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles and uses his professional status to “pay it forward” in the OMSD community by participating in a football camp held at Colony High School, along with a couple of other former high school teammates who are also playing for the NFL.  At every opportunity, Josh returns to the OMSD community and visits with students.  He encourages them to keep their faith when times get rough, to chase their dreams and not stop until they reach them.  Josh is inspired by his mother, Tanya Smith, and shares that as a single-parent, she did a great job raising him and his two brothers.  When asked what advice he would give to educators, Mr. Andrews states, “continue to inspire the youth to set goals for themselves and don't stop until they have reached those goals, just as educators did for me in the past.”  Josh’s favorite quote is by Vince Lombardi, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Josh tries to live out this credo by continually setting goals and not stopping until he reaches or exceeds that goal.  For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District recognizes and celebrates Mr. Joshua Andrews as a 2015-2016 Model of Excellence.  His commitment to excellence is certain to motivate and inspire current and future generations of OMSD students, educators, parents, and community members. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


Mrs. Diana Rubio Lopez is a proud alumna of Lehigh Elementary School, Moreno Elementary School, and Serrano Middle School.   Diana has lived and attended schools in the OMSD area for over 30 years and returned to OMSD as an Instructional Aide, teacher and currently as the Elementary Administrator at Del Norte Elementary School.  During her elementary years, Diana’s family moved 13 times.  This experience has given her a heart for our OMSD families and she is inspired by humble, hardworking people like her mother, Jaime Escalante, Cesar E. Chavez and by ordinary people who do extraordinary things, especially when they are driven by a peaceful passion.  Diana encourages parents to utilize the resources the District provides for them, especially the workshops and seminars provided by the Parent Educational Center.  One of her favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson who stated, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because of how you have lived; that is to have succeeded.”  Diana lives this quote by volunteering with her church and organizing events that promote healthy families. Diana also encourages her peers to be present for their students, to listen to them and to act on their behalf, because these children will grow up and do the same.  As for the students, Diana encourages them to focus on the future, not the past; to move forward, to never stop learning, and to set daily goals that will result in them excelling.  Diana sees parents as a gift to our community, their children, and our schools. No matter what their background or what language they speak, the encouragement they give to their child will spill over into our schools, community and world.  To Diana, excellence is going above what is expected, taking the extra step to serve others, and extending a hand to others, especially when they least expect it. For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District recognizes and celebrates Mrs. Diana Rubio Lopez as a 2015-2016 Model of Excellence.  Her commitment to excellence is certain to motivate and inspire current and future generations of OMSD students, educators, parents, and community members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Nancy I. DeDiemar is a proud alumna of El Camino Elementary School and Vina Danks Middle School.  Nancy has lived in the OMSD community for the last 30 years and currently volunteers with several organizations, including the Chaffey Community Museum of Art.  Most recently, Mrs. DeDiemar was a speaker at Ray Wiltsey Middle School for the District’s Promise Scholar’s program.  She is inspired by people who serve their communities, especially those people who are generous, good-hearted, happy, hardworking, and a joy to be around.  Through her volunteer work at the museum, OMSD students are provided enrichment programs with an emphasis on the visual arts.  Nancy continues to “pay it forward” in OMSD by volunteering with local organizations such as the museum, OPARC, and the Chaffey High School Alumni Association, because these organizations share a commitment to enriching the OMSD community.   She encourages educators to teach students the value of being open-minded and would advise students that there are more than one path to a rich and fulfilling life, but that all paths should include an element of community service.  To Nancy, excellence means knowing who you are, who you are not, and how these two things are best put to use in life.  For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District recognizes and celebrates Mrs. Nancy I. DeDiemar as a 2015-2016 Model of Excellence.  Her commitment to excellence is certain to motivate and inspire current and future generations of OMSD students, educators, parents, and community members. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Scott Russ is a proud alumnus of El Camino Elementary School and Vernon Middle School.  When Scott began attending El Camino in third grade, he experienced a newfound stability and life-long friends, since prior to that his family had moved several times.  After college, Scott began substitute teaching at OMSD.  Today, he is the Elementary Administrator at Edison Elementary School.  Scott is inspired by his mother, who taught him a strong and positive work ethic and to never give up, no matter how difficult a situation becomes.  His favorite quote is by Jimmy Dean, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”  One way Scott tries to “pay it forward” in the OMSD community is by continually promoting positive character with the students he interacts on a daily basis.  He believes that all educators need to help students to be successful not only within the school, but also with their families and community.  He encourages his peers to remember about the impact they have on each student and to model good character so they can inspire their students to be successful and to believe in their dreams.  To students, Scott emphasizes the need to learn from every experience, to believe in the possibility of success and to work hard toward their goals.  Although his measurement of excellence is continually evolving, Scott, believed it is important to have excellent character, the drive to get the job done and to continually evaluate ourselves to ensure we tried our best. For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District recognizes and celebrates Mr. Scott Russ as a 2015-2016 Model of Excellence.  His commitment to excellence is certain to motivate and inspire current and future generations of OMSD students, educators, parents, and community members.