Models of Excellence

2016 MODELS OF EXCELLENCE

The District’s Excellence Campaign is a celebration of OMSD alumni who serve as models of excellence for our students by continuing to give back to our community through their service.  Research has proven that high expectations, positive role models, strong student-teacher relationships, and believing students will succeed have a direct positive impact on students’ academic success and in building strong communitiesThey are celebrated for their service to the OMSD community, for exemplifying positive role models, and for continuing to inspire our students to succeed.
 


   Heather Brooks





Mrs. Heather Brooks is a proud alumna of Bon View Elementary School.  Her service to OMSD began when she was a student since her mother, Iris Tramp was one of the first District Reading Specialists and as a student, Mrs. Brooks would often help tutor in her mother’s classroom. For the last 19 years in OMSD, Mrs. Brooks has taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, served as a Reading Coach, a Data Coach, and for the last few years she has served as an Outreach Consultant.  Mrs. Brooks is inspired by her mother who instilled in her the love of reading, and also by former OMSD principal Mrs. Linda Rice.    Linda’s philosophy is to “always treat people with respect and truly listen and truly care about each individual.”  Mrs. Brooks states that over the years she has tried to emulate Linda Rice’s example when interacting with people.  When asked what advice she would give to educators, Mrs. Brooks said that it is our job as educators to help OMSD students to be the best they can be and to strive above and beyond for every student.  She said we need to find the potential in every student.  As educators, we should be the people who make a difference in our students’ lives.  Mrs. Brooks defines excellence as a talent or quality that surpasses ordinary standards.  Mrs. Brooks is always looking for ways to improve or solve a problem.  She is constantly setting new goals and always strives beyond ordinary standards.  For Mrs. Brooks, excellence is providing the best services possible for OMSD students and families because they deserve the very best. For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District proudly recognizes Mrs. Heather Brooks as a 2017 Model of Excellence.  Her commitment to excellence is evident through her relentless service, dedication, and belief in OMSD students, educators, parents, and community.

 

 Jaime Marcos Espinoza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Jaime Marcos Espinosa is a proud alumnus of Lehigh Elementary School and Serrano Middle School.   Mr. Espinosa has been employed by OMSD for the last 28 years at Mission Elementary and Buena Vista Arts-Integrated Magnet School.  Mr. Espinosa currently serves as the lead custodian at Buena Vista.  Mr. Espinosa is inspired by his mother and father.  His mother was a homemaker and returned to school to become a school teacher.  His father was a machinist for 45 years. Mr. Espinosa continues to “pay it forward” by serving the OMSD community at Buena Vista where he helps to build successful students so they can create a better tomorrow.  Mr. Espinosa gives back to the larger Ontario community in many ways.  For the past 7 years, Mr. Espinosa has been involved in the Boy Scouts at Monte Vista and the Ontario Western Little League, as well as the Montclair Little League.  Mr. Espinosa also dedicated countless volunteer hours working on the OMSD’s Bond Measure K.  When asked what advice he would offer to educators, he replied to find a way to enjoy and love your job so students will want to learn.  Mr. Espinosa believes that educators touch tomorrow through education.  To students, Mr. Espinosa said to keep an open mind and learn different things.  Don’t be afraid of failure or being different. To Mr. Espinosa, excellence is striving to achieve higher standards in all tasks performed and maintaining a positive attitude.  For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District proudly recognizes Mr. Jaime Marcos Espinosa as a 2017 Model of Excellence.  His commitment to excellence is evident through his relentless service, dedication, and belief in OMSD students, educators, parents, and community.

 

 

James R Milhiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Mr. James R. Milhiser is a proud alumnus of Hawthorne Elementary School and Vina Danks Middle School.  Mr. Milhiser has been an active member of the community and supporter of education for over 60 years.  Mr. Milhiser continues to “pay it forward” in the OMSD community by serving as the elected City Treasurer for the City of Ontario.  He has a passion for finance and community service and currently serves on the Board for OPARC, Salvation Army, YMCA Sustaining Membership Campaign, Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band, and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for San Antonio Regional Hospital.  Mr. Milhiser is a strong supporter of a healthy community and preventative medical care.  When asked what advice he would give educators, he said, start by building rapport with your students, be patient, learn about new technology, learn new skills, and encourage students to follow their dreams.  To students, Mr. Milhiser said, stay focused on school, encourage your peers, set goals, follow your dreams, and give back to your community. Also, practice honesty, be an effective listener, and remember that no one has all of the answers. To Mr. Milhiser, excellence is exceeding the standards.  Achieving excellence is possible through hard work.  He quotes Steve Jobs who said, “We don’t get a chance to do that many things and every one should be really excellent.  Because that is our life.”  For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District proudly recognizes Mr. James Milhiser as a 2017 Model of Excellence.  His commitment to excellence is evident through his relentless service, dedication, and belief in OMSD students, educators, parents, and community.

 

 

Anthony Munoz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Anthony Muñoz is a proud alumnus of Bon View, Mariposa, and Lincoln Elementary Schools and Imperial Jr. High School.  After attending Chaffey High School and excelling in three sports – football, basketball and baseball; Mr. Muñoz went on to play football and baseball at the University of Southern California.

Mr. Muñoz was the third overall pick in the 1980 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. After an extremely successful football career, Mr. Munoz retired in 1993.  Upon retirement, his Pro Bowl selections were tied for the most ever by an offensive lineman in league history.  In 1991, Mr. Muñoz was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, honoring his volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field.  In 1994, Mr. Muñoz was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.  In 1999, he was ranked #17 on Sporting News’ list of the 100 greatest football players and was the highest-ranking offensive lineman.  In 2010, he was ranked #12 on the NFL Network’s the Top 100 NFL’s Greatest Players and again was named the highest-ranking offensive lineman. Mr. Muñoz played in two Super Bowls and elected to the Pro Bowl 11 times. He is widely regarded as the greatest offensive lineman in the history of the National Football League. In 1998, Mr. Muñoz was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  In honor of this accomplishment, the City of Ontario renamed Colony Park as the “Anthony Muñoz Hall of Fame Park.” 

Mr. Muñoz established the Anthony Muñoz Foundation in 2002 to work with communities to positively impact youth.  Over the years, his foundation has reached over 30,000 youth and teaches young people that they can overcome their challenges while remaining focused on higher education.Mr. Muñoz “strongly feels that youth need to be encouraged and inspired, as well as recognized and rewarded for their accomplishments.” Beginning in 2007, Mr. Muñoz began hosting annual character football camps at his alma mater, Chaffey High School.  The camps are free to all participants and emphasize football and life skills including honor, integrity, loyalty, responsibility, self-control and truthfulness.   In 2012, Allstate dedicated a Hometown Hall of Famer’s plaque to Mr. Muñoz at Chaffey High School.  In 2015, Mr. Muñoz received the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Medallion of Excellence for his contributions to the Hispanic community. 

In his acceptance speech into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mr. Muñoz thanked many people including the strength of his mother, Jim Semon from Ontario Parks and Recreation who provided a baseball glove to him, and his assistant coach at Chaffey High School, Mr. Michael Alonzo who encouraged him during high school.  For his excellence in football, his dedication to this community and his work off the football field, Mr. Muñoz makes the OMSD community proud.  For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District proudly recognizes Mr. Anthony Muñoz as a 2017 Model of Excellence.  His commitment to excellence is evident through his relentless service, dedication, and belief in OMSD students, educators, parents, and community. 


 

Alisha Rosas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Alisha Rosas is a proud alumna of Monte Vista Elementary School and Serrano Middle School. Mrs. Rosas is currently employed by Chaffey College and serves as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations.  Most recently she started the “I am Chaffey” campaign.  Over the course of her career, Mrs. Rosas has chosen to take on projects that reflect her life’s values and her advocacy for education and equal rights for all populations. Mrs. Rosas has also lead strategic communication teams and served as presidential advisor at the University of La Verne and the United Farm Workers.  Mrs. Rosas is an accomplished writer and wrote a book through the United Farm Workers, along with a forthcoming book on gang-life redemption. As a product of Ontario, she has lived, worked, and raised her family in OMSD and is excited to be able to serve her community full circle.   She stated that she wants to be able to inspire OMSD students through speaking engagements and mentorship.   Mrs. Rosas has volunteered for the OMSD Promise Scholars Program for the past two years.  She would love to demonstrate to students that everything is possible.  When asked what kind of advice she would give educators, she said that their work is the most important responsibility on the planet.  She would look educators in the eye and say “thank you.”    She also encourages students to work hard and stay committed because anything is possible.  She believes that students can change the world.   When asked how she defines excellence, Mrs. Rosas said, excellence is the ability to be consistent in the face of obstacles.  Excellence also means to be proud.  Be proud of today, yesterday, and what you have accomplished.  For these reasons, the Ontario-Montclair School District proudly recognizes Mrs. Alisha Rosas as a 2017 Model of Excellence.  Her commitment to excellence is evident through her relentless service, dedication, and belief in OMSD students, educators, parents, and community.  

 Maricela Sanchez Mrs. Maricela Sanchez is a proud alumna of Euclid Elementary School and De Anza Jr. High.  She currently serves as the Magnet Program Coordinator at Central Language Academy.  Prior to this role, she was a dual language teacher, and has been employed by OMSD for the last 15 years. In total, Mrs. Sanchez has been a professional educator for the last 25 years.  She believes her family is an “OMSD Family” since her husband works for OMSD, her children attend OMSD schools, and she lives, shops, attends church, frequents the library, and her children play sports in Ontario.  Mrs. Sanchez is inspired by the wisdom that comes in many forms from the most innocent child to the oldest member of a community.  There are many ways that Mrs. Sanchez “pays it forward” for the OMSD community.  She frequently connects parents to community resources, provides translating services to the parent community, leads informational workshops on critical issues like reclassification, helps with various extracurricular activities that directly benefit OMSD students, supports OMSD sporting activities on the weekends, and believes so strongly in the OMSD educational programs that she sends her own children to OMSD schools. The advice she offers to educators is to always remember why they went into education and never forget that students must always remain our focus.  When asked about her definition of excellence, Mrs. Sanchez quoted John Wooden who said, “It takes time to create excellence.”  For these reasons, the Ontario Montclair School District is proud to honor Mrs. Maricela Sanchez as a 2017 Model of Excellence.  Her commitment to excellence is evident through her relentless service, dedication, and belief in OMSD students, educators, parents, and community.