School District Director of Campus Catering Wins California School Administrators Award

Barbara Lee recognized at the Region 6 Awards Dinner in June as the Region 6 Classified Leader of the Year

Barbara Lee, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Director of Campus Catering has been selected as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 6 Classified Leader of the Year.

Barbara was nominated because of her strong commitment to educational quality and student achievement.  She works diligently behind the scenes making sure that our students have nutritious and healthy food choices so they can achieve more in the classroom and in life.  

She was instrumental in putting together the district’s Comprehensive School Wellness Policy, and she continuously strives to make our school meals appealing, healthy and nutritious.

In 2012, Barbara was instrumental in helping Marylin Avenue Elementary School win the USDA Healthier US School Challenge Silver award. The USDA challenge is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.  

The award was presented by USDA Regional Administrator Allen Ng and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. Barbara was also invited to Washington DC to participate on a committee to establish standards for school nutrition professionals.

Further, Barbara used her creativity and innovation in dealing with issues and problems facing public education by partnering with Del Valle Continuation High School to form a Culinary Academy for students.  

Since the District does not yet have the funding for necessary facilities, she thought outside of the box and found a way to share the Livermore High School kitchen with culinary students. The program is proving to be a wonderful success.

The LVJUSD is proud of Barbara and thrilled that she has been selected as the ACSA Region 6 Classified Leader of the Year.

“This is a well deserved award for Barbara. She is passionate about teaching our students and families about the rewards of healthy lifestyles and nutrition”, says Kelly Bowers, Superintendent of Schools. 

The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) is an organization of California public school leaders with the mission of ensuring the creation of communities of learning and teaching that serve both the aspirations of individual students and the greater good of society.

ACSA has 19 regions throughout California, and each school district within each region has a member charter organization. The Livermore Management Association (LMA) is the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) charter organization of Region 6. Each year, charter organizations submit nominations to their region for the ACSA annual awards program.

Each region then chooses a winner from within each category and forwards those nominations to the ACSA state level. This year, Barbara Lee, the LVJUSD of Campus Catering, was selected as the ACSA Region 6 Classified Leader of the Year. She will be recognized at the Region 6 Awards Dinner in June, and her nomination has been forwarded to the state ACSA level.

—Information submitted by Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District


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