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June 2015 - Mary Schexnaydre
Congratulations to Mary Schexnaydre, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Employee of the Month for June 2015. Maryhas dedicated six years of service to the College: from 2009-2011, she worked as an STNC English tutor in the WorkAbility III program, before obtaining her current position in 2011, as vocational skills coach for the College to Career (C2C) program.
C2C Coordinator Lindsay Eigenauer explains, “Mary has worked for many years directly supporting students in DRD. She works tirelessly every day to support students in every aspect of life, including crises. She has excellent professional judgment and work ethic.”
“My students may struggle with academics, but each one excels in his or her own way,” said Mary. “A student who struggles with math may be a great artist; a student who is uncomfortable in social situations may be a fantastic writer. I love getting to know my students and the stories of their lives.” She enjoys the unpredictability of the work day and is delighted by her students’ perseverance and commitment.
Tara Johnson, Disability Support Services coordinator, shares: “Mary is a tremendous asset to our department. Her enthusiasm and dedication is evident in each interaction she has with our students. Our students always comment on how much they enjoy working directly with Mary and especially that she is so kind and helpful.”
“It’s true,” said Lindsay Eigenauer, “When you ask any student what their favorite part of C2C is, the answer is usually one word: Mary. She gains students’ utmost trust, and helps them through the high points and the difficult times of being a young college student. Mary supports each one of our students through their journeys, and maintains a safe space for them. She does so much more than her requisite “assisting students to complete educational tasks” and “maintaining student records”; she lights a fire in each of the students she works with, bringing them from a timid first year student to a student who stands tall as he or she walks across the graduation stage.”
Born and raised in Santa Rosa, Mary attended Ursuline High School. She began college at SRJC, then received her BA in English Literature with a secondary teaching credential from Sonoma State University. Prior to SRJC, Mary worked at Sylvan Learning Center, Gateways Learning Center, and Santa Rosa City Schools.
Aside from work, Mary enjoys reading, gardening, and being outdoors with her family.
Asked for her reaction to being named employee of the month, Mary responded, “I was deeply touched to be nominated and chosen from among so many hard working and devoted employees. I have spent the best years of my life at SRJC, both as a student and as an employee. I am so fortunate to be part of SRJC, DRD and C2C.”
Mary celebrates this recognition with her family, including her husband Jesse Hilsenrad, graphic designer at SRJC’s Graphic Services, and 12 year old son Coltrane.
Page last revised on: July 6, 2015
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