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Staff Recognition


BUSD Teacher of the Year - Melissa Ellis

Bellflower Unified School District is excited to announce that Melissa Ellis has been selected as the Teacher of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year.  Melissa has served the Bellflower Unified School District for 17 years, beginning as a science teacher at Bellflower Middle/High School, and progressing to become a full-time Career Technical Education (CTE) educator. She teaches Intro to Health Careers, Medical Assistant, Counseling, and Mental Health courses and serves as the CTE department Chair, always making decisions in the best interest of her students. Melissa has demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment, and dedication to her students, creating a safe and nurturing classroom environment that is characterized by trust and high expectations. She incorporates numerous instructional practices, such as collaborative learning and project-based learning, which fosters critical thinking while also building essential skills for real-world application. Her classroom has even been selected as a model/showcase classroom for the Paxton Patterson company, recognizing her commitment and dedication to the CTE Health Pathway. Let us all take a moment to honor and congratulate Melissa on this prestigious recognition! 



BUSD Classified Employee of the Year - Patricia Gutierrez

Bellflower Unified is excited to announce that Patricia Gutierrez has been selected as the Classified Employee of the Year for the 2022-2023 year.  Patricia has served the Bellflower Unified School District for close to a decade, beginning as a Special Education Instructional Aide at Esther Lindstrom and Washington.  Thanks to her outstanding ability to work with students who have at times struggled behaviorally, she later became a Special Education Behavior Aide.  Most know her fondly as “Tricia”! She has helped countless students, teachers, and other colleagues navigate through difficult situations.  Although Tricia primarily supports Washington, she has also been entrusted to support students at other schools due to her impressive skills. In addition, she is a member of the school’s PBIS team and works to provide support in her community.  When speaking of her role, Tricia expresses her belief that she is helping students gain the real-life skills they need to create a successful future for themselves. Let us all take a moment to honor, congratulate, and thank Tricia for her unwavering commitment to the Bellflower Learning Community and for helping us build brighter futures!