Professional Growth Program for Classified Employees

Welcome to the Professional Growth website. This site was created to provide updated information regarding Professional Growth to its participants and all interested classified employees of the Downey Unified School District.

The Downey Unified School District Professional Growth Program began in 1968 as a benefit exclusively for classified employees. The purpose of this program was designed to offer its participants additional education as well as provide a financial incentive to participate.

There are seven (7) individual groups that categorize the various classified classifications. Each group votes an employee representative for a three-year term. The categories and the current representatives are listed below:

Manuel Chavez-Mora, Custodian

Food Services
Nora Ortiz, Food Service Supervisor/Operations Specialist
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David Cubas, Lead Groundskeeper
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Craig Karli, Maintenance Electrician
President of the Professional Growth Review Committee
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Rosie Abrego, Senior School Office Manager
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Student Services
Tami Shilling, Senior Instructional Assistant
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Stephanie McCoy, Bus Driver
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If you have any questions, please contact:
Linda Ratzlaff at 562-469-6645 or
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Professional Growth Booklet

Grouped Classifications