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2019 SPIRIT OF LAGUNA
Posted 08/28/2019 01:40PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAGUNA BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
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August 28, 2019

Laguna Beach Unified School District names 2019 Spirit of Laguna award recipient

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -  Laguna Beach Unified School District has named Brandon Lee, instructional assistant at El Morro Elementary School, the recipient of the 2019 Spirit of Laguna award. 

Now in its 12th year, the award recognizes a District staff member who exemplifies extraordinary service to others. Lee currently serves as a lead instructional assistant at El Morro and forms a part of the Crisis Prevention Intervention team at the site. 

“I am so pleased that Brandon Lee was recognized as the Spirit of Laguna Award winner. He is always so engaged in his duties, happy to be here, and most importantly, builds meaningful relationships with students and staff,” said El Morro Elementary School Principal Chris Duddy. “He has a unique way of building connections with the students he serves by focusing on their strengths and building on them. It doesn’t hurt that he loves music and isn’t afraid to dance in front of the kids,” he concluded. 

In addition to his work at his school site, Lee also serves on district-wide committees including the District Safety Committee and the labor negotiations team for the classified employees' bargaining unit. 

“Brandon is an exemplary individual and is so deserving of this award. He is a kind and caring person and always willing to go the extra mile to help others regardless of the impact on his time,” said Director of Special Education Irene White. She continued, “He exemplifies the meaning of the ‘Spirit of Laguna’ award due to his outstanding dedication to serving our students and staff, initiative, motivation, and positive attitude.”

Lee was hired as an instructional assistant in the Laguna Beach Unified School District in 2013. He was recognized with the Spirit of Laguna Award at the district’s annual Welcome Back Breakfast for staff in August.

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