TUBA CITY-Lolita Tsinnie has seen many of the current Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) administrators through primary school, grade school, high school and even college graduation.
She mentored many of the TC District teachers in attendance at the staff recognition dinner that night, but the most inspiring of her life talents is not just her longevity, but her continued optimism, hopefulness and sheer joyfulness in nurturing students.
Tsinnie was awarded a 45 Year Employee Award from TCUSD on May 15, prompting a standing ovation as well as with loud and strong applause from her fellow workers.
Along with other long-term employees, Tsinnie serves as a shining example of hard work, diligence, dedication, fairness and commitment to student excellence.
Tsinnie stated, "I am so pleased to be here with you tonight, and I am living proof that teachers are still going strong. I really enjoy being here everyday with my students. I am so honored to be able to teach and work with your children and the children of this community."
"Our children are truly our work, they are conceived through love and happiness and it's our job, our responsibility, to combine this blessing with a solid education, good character building to help them build a better world. I am extremely lucky to have had this teaching experience and I thank each of you for trusting me with your child," she added
Tsinnie also took to the floor that evening at the recognition dinner that centered around a 1950s "rock and roll" theme, complete with several dance contests, like the Twist, the Bunny Hop and a swing dance contest. She danced with her nephew, Henry Henderson who is also the site supervisor for the Tsinnibaas Habitiin School in Gap.
Alvin Harvey, TCUSD Board president; James Kieffer, interim TCUSD superintendent and Adelbert Goldtooth, Human Resources manager, were on hand to congratulate and enjoy the evening with many of the staff members of TCUSD.
This year's retirees included: Sarah Dallas, John Dunford, John Goatcher, Shirley Haswood, Pamela Jensen, Janice Johnson, Geraldine Nuvayestewa and Kathleen Webster.
Recognition for 45 years of service went to Lolita Tsinnie. Other staff members awarded for their years of service included:
For 35 Years - Harriette Charleston and Brenda Piestewa;
For 30 Years - Ada B. George, Helen Hunter, Delores Hyden, Louise Kensley, Harriet Sloan and Marie Yazzie;
For 25 Years - Floyd Haven, Jacob Sumatskuku, Rebecca Sumatskuku and Matilda West.
For 20 Years - Dennis Bedonie, Leila McCabe, Dolly Paddock, Byron Poocha and Flora Sombrero;
For 15 Years - Louise Badoni, Rosie Jones, Pearl Puhuyaoma and Steve Victor;
For 10 years - Alita Bowen, Janet Brockman and Ronya Talayumptewa.
Also recognized were five-year employees Leah M. Begay, Rhonda Chase, Gary Hubbell, Isabelle Mann, Morris Nesmith, Timothy Shaner, Marie Wheeler, Ronald Begay, Cheryl Cooley, Antoinette Keetso, Raye L. McCabe, Maria Orman, Frances Skacy Jr., Constance Benally, Lahoma Hicks, Lynn Lester, Joseph Morehouse, Sandra Roe, Nona Sombrero, RoseMary Big, Xanthus Hoover, Lorna Lewis, Michael Nelson, James Roe Jr. and Teresa Tom.
For more information about staff or staff recognition benefits, contact the TCUSD Public Relations Office at (928) 283-1185.