At the regularly scheduled January 11 School Board Meeting the Auburn School District Board of Directors recognized Michael Garcia as November’s Outstanding Staff Member of the Month and Dominick Apolinar as the Outstanding Student of the Month. Garcia is a warehouse lead in Support Services, and Apolinar is a fifth-grade student at Pioneer Elementary.
Garcia has worked for ASD for three years. Before coming to the ASD he worked in manufacturing and distribution in the private sector.
Garcia was nominated by Lakeland Hills Principal Colleen Barlow. “Michael is a true customer service person and his skills are greatly appreciated. He is positive and professional in all communication. He is always upbeat, supportive, and a problem solver. He is willing to serve others to make someone else’s day better,” Barlow said.
As warehouse lead, Garcia spends most of his time communicating, coordinating, and scheduling. He works closely with school and building staff to get supplies delivered. Garcia loves the challenge of meeting everybody’s needs on a different level and enjoys the opportunity to work with all types of people.
Originally from California, Garcia moved to Washington in 2012 to attend Northwestern University. He and his wife of almost 15 years, Ritchie, have twin 14-year-old daughters attending Auburn Mountainview High School and an 11-year-old son attending Hazelwood Elementary School.
In his off time, Garcia loves spending time with his wife and kids. He also runs an e-commerce business and is a mentor and coach to young entrepreneurs in e-commerce.
Apolinar’s mom describes him as responsible at school and at home. He attends school on time every day.
Apolinar’s teacher Arlene Szymanski said, “Dominick demonstrates the qualities of a Pioneer Trailblazer. He is respectful, responsible, and safe.”
Apolinar gets along well with other students and school staff. He is confident and takes on leadership roles in class. Apolinar is always ready to lend a helping hand by helping his peers with math and reading. He is an all-around enthusiastic and engaged learner by participating in class discussions.
Apolinar’s leadership also extends to ASB, where he is a class representative for his fifth-grade class. He plans on becoming a teacher someday, and his favorite subjects are math and reading. For fun he enjoys playing Minecraft, Roblox, and watching YouTube.
Congratulations Michael and Dominick!
To write this article the Auburn Examiner used two profiles provided by the Auburn School District.