IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE to welcome new people to
the Sunol family, and I am delighted to introduce you to Sunol
Glen School's new Maintenance Lead, Brad Taylor. Brad joined
the school staff in September and has quickly become a favorite
with co-workers and students. When asked for his official title
recently, Brad responded, "Playground Tackle Dummy!"
One of Brad's many jobs is occasionally supervising the students
during recess, and word is the kids love to crash into the big
man with the big smile. "I'm a terrible Yard Duty, because
I let the kids have too much fun." Nobody seems to mind.
Originally from Alamo, Brad has lived the past seven years
in Brentwood with his wife, Rhonda, their son, Jacob, a second
grader at Ron Nunn Elementary School, and their brand new baby
girl, Jenna Elizabeth. Jenna arrived on November 13 and weighed
in at 8 lb., 6 oz., bringing much joy to the Taylors and Rhonda's
parents, Buddy and Caroline Holder of Visalia.
The appreciation and affection felt toward Brad by the staff
surfaces in good-natured teasing and many compliments. "Brad
pacifies the staff by fixing all the little things," Adrienne
Hoxie, Instructional Aide said. "Right!" agreed Administrative
Assistant Debbie Scanlon. "We were all so tired of burning
our hands on the boiling hot water in the faculty rest room.
Brad heard about it and, presto, it was fixed." Obviously
enjoying the kudos, but maintaining his easy-going manner, Brad
blushed and shook his head. "Oh, I just turned the thermostat
down - no big thing."
Such humility is part and parcel of Brad's charm. He is also
the school's Emergency Coordinator, making him responsible for
gas and electricity shut-offs and other emergency response tasks.
"You poor guys, dependent on me in an emergency!"
he laughed, but then went on to report that he is in the process
of getting his amateur radio license so he can man the school's
ham radio during a power loss. He is also quick to give credit
to others. "Leo (Marquez, the school's custodian) is amazing.
I may have the title, but we're equal in getting things done
here. And Theresa (Donovan, District Clerk) helps me get the
bills paid. I really depend on the staff."
The committed family man gave up his beloved hobby of racing
cars a few years ago "for a bigger house in a nice neighborhood."
Debbie chuckled at this news and said, "Yeah, but ask him
how long it takes him to get here from Brentwood!" Brad
chose Sunol Glen in spite of the long commute, because, he said,
"This is a really neat school and these are very nice people
to work for. Sunol is just such a place to be." And nicer
with Brad in it, everyone at Sunol Glen would agree.
Another gentleman we are all proud to know at Sunol Glen is
fifth-grade teacher Philip Mumford, who was recently selected
Sunol Glen Teacher of the Year. At the November 27 school board
meeting, Trustee Bob Foster read the board's resolution acknowledging
Phil's accomplishments. The resolution states that Phil has
served as an outstanding teacher here since 1979, as well as
having held the post of President of the Sunol chapter of the
teacher's union since its inception.
"Philip Mumford has been a creative, bright, enthusiastic
mentor and role model for his students and peers," the
resolution continues. "(He) has voluntarily expended untold
hours, days, nights, Saturdays and Sundays, breakfasts, lunches,
dinners and holidays imparting superior service to the students
of Sunol Glen Unified, (which is) grateful and appreciative
of (his) honesty, forthright manner, unselfish service and devotion.
The board of trustees is proud to acknowledge Philip Mumford
as Teacher of the Year for the 1001 School Year."
I have the personal privilege of knowing Phil as both my daughter's
fifth-grade teacher and as a colleague in the Sunol Repertory
Theatre. I can add to the board's list of Phil's wonderful traits
his sometimes hilarious, but always clever and fantastically
dry sense of humor. Phil, you're the best! Congratulations to
a very deserving teacher.