Thousand Oaks, CA – Compass Charter Schools announced that Christina Vert, Supervising Teacher, and Marco Mattaliano, Help Desk Technician, have been selected as our 2020-21 Employees of the Year.
Each school year, Compass honors our staff with the Employee of the Year award. All staff are encouraged to nominate fellow employees they feel are high-achieving, have a strong work ethic, and excellent leadership skills. The previous years’ honorees review all of the nominations and select the new Employees of the Year.
Christina Vert, Supervising Teacher – Certificated Employee of the Year
Vert, supervising teacher, makes an impact on everyone that she meets. She is passionate about Compass and serving families. Vert goes above and beyond in her position at Compass, including chairing the marketing committee this year and serving as an Assessment Teacher on Special Assignment (ToSA). Vert has a
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University San Bernardino. She then pursued a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, focusing on Early Childhood Education from Concordia University. Vert has worked for Teach For America Corps in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and taught middle school in the classroom, all the way down to transitional kindergarten! Vert enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and crafting! She loves opportunities that allow her to be creative and step outside her comfort zone.
Vert shares, “I am beyond honored and grateful to be a part of the Compass family. One of my driving forces in life is to confront educational inequity through teaching and in every sector of society to create a country free from injustice. I am proud that I can help each of my scholars gain access to a high-quality education. I am inspired by my colleagues and enjoy working collaboratively and effectively to ensure that all scholars have access to a high-quality and rigorous education. Thank you, Compass, for allowing me to further my life-long vision that one day all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”
Marco Mattaliano, Help Desk Technician – Classified Employee of the Year
Mattaliano has been a critical member of Compass for a few years. He is the go-to person for any technical need. Mattaliano responds rapidly, and he is extremely helpful, organized, and diligent. He graduated from Heald College in June 2012, receiving an Associate of Science Degree in Information Technology in Networking. Marco has worked as an IT Technician at a casino, an Information Systems Specialist at a school district, and a Help Desk Technician at Compass since 2019. He enjoys spending time with his daughters, playing sports, and being married to Jessica.
Mattaliano shares, “I would like to thank Compass and David Brasch, our Director of IT, for allowing me to not only work for an excellent school but allowing me to learn and grow to become a better technician. Being able to wake up every day and do something I love and also work with great people is one of the best things I can ask for in life! Thank you, everyone!”
“Congratulations to Christina and Marco for receiving this honor. Your excellence in leadership and support is reflected in the achievements of your teams,” shared J.J. Lewis, Superintendent & CEO. “Please join us in celebrating our 2020-21 Employees of the Year and thanking both Christina and Marco for all that they do to support our scholars, learning coaches, and staff to ensure the Compass Experience fulfills the mission, vision, and values of Compass!”
The Employee of the Year Program started in the 2015-16 school year. Previous honorees are:
Certificated Employee of the Year: Leslie Sharma
Classified Employee of the Year: Nora Barnhart
Certificated Employee of the Year: Kristy Smith
Classified Employee of the Year: Jessica Franco
Certificated Employee of the Year: Kelli McCaulley
Classified Employee of the Year: Vanessa Plascencia
Certificated Employee of the Year: Kasey Bentley
Classified Employee of the Year: David Brasch
Certificated Employee of the Year: Karle Roberts
Classified Employee of the Year: Karla Gonzalez & Sophia Trivino
About Compass Charter Schools
Compass Charter Schools is a WASC-accredited virtual personalized learning public charter school serving thousands of scholars throughout California. Catering to TK-12 grade scholars, Compass offers two personalized learning programs. Compass is committed to creating a collaborative virtual learning community, inspiring scholars to appreciate the ways in which arts and sciences nurture a curiosity for lifelong learning and preparing scholars to take responsibility for their future successes.