Idyllwild School instructional aide Sue Coffer.
Idyllwild School instructional aide Sue Coffer.


The Hemet Unified School District Governing Board has selected Sue Coffer, Idyllwild School instructional aide, as the November recipient of the Governing Board Recognition and Reward Program Award. Trustee Vic Scavarda nominated Coffer for the honor.

Coffer has worked at Idyllwild School since September 1978, when she began her HUSD career. She has served Idyllwild School as a supervision aide, food service assistant, and currently as instructional aide and campus supervisor.

“Sue is a highly skilled instructional assistant who holds herself to the highest standard of professionalism,” said Sarah Wales, Coffer’s supervising teacher in the Special Education department. “She will rise to every challenge by taking the initiative to learn and apply new skills, then patiently perseveres until the child experiences success — and with Sue’s help, every child will experience success …

“Students who try to mask their struggles, by misbehaving or by simply trying to become invisible in class, find that they can’t hide when Sue is there because she acknowledges and celebrates every step forward. Her gentle and steady support nurtures children’s confidence and their sense of self-worth,” Wales added.

At the district’s Nov. 19 meeting, Scavarda presented the Governing Board’s award and a $500 certificate to Coffer to be used toward the district program of her choice.

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