Classified Leader of the Year
Teresa Lennox has served the Cypress School District as Director of Maintenance/Operations, Transportation, and Technology since 2018, and the impact of her leadership in the district has been far-reaching. From ensuring school campuses are safe and well-maintained to providing students and staff with the technology tools needed for success, she is tireless in her commitment to supporting the district’s educational program.
“Teresa is a remarkable public servant who makes everyone around her better. She is student-centered, understands how to effectively support teaching and learning, and continually contributes to the success of our school district in a meaningful way,” said Tim McLellan, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services.
While school districts around the country struggled this past year to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mrs. Lennox became an avid student of evidence-based public health strategies and virus mitigation measures.
“Teresa was instrumental in supporting our efforts to provide three school schedule options for families this year,” said Superintendent Anne Silavs. “We could never have done it without her!”
In preparation for reopening the district’s six schools, Mrs. Lennox reworked transportation schedules, reconfigured classrooms, installed protective equipment, and implemented many safety protocols to provide layered protection for students and staff. As a result of her leadership, the district was able to effectively welcome students back to campus for in-person instruction in September 2020.
“Her creative forethought, innovative problem-solving, and execution were remarkable,” said Julie Armour, President of the Association of Cypress Teachers.
“Teresa played a key role in reopening our schools,” said Vickie Ohlman, President of the California School Employees Association, Chapter 325. “She worked closely with association leaders throughout the planning process. She didn’t just ask how we could make this work. Instead, she asked how we could make this work better.”