What is Founders Day?
PTAs throughout California give Founders Day awards “in special recognition of outstanding service to children and youth.” The LCHS PTSA Founders Day Awards celebrate the achievements and dedication of LCHS staff members, parent volunteers, and/or community members. Nominations for the current school year were solicited until January 15, 2022. Winners were announced in mid February and the winners, listed below, were celebrated at the Founders Day Tribute held at the La Canada High School Auditorium on Thursday March 17, 2022.
The LCHS PTSA Founders Day chair for this year was Sharon Grey. The incoming chair will be Caroline Anderson if you have any questions, you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners for 2022
Here are the winners for the 2021-22 school year, announced on February 14, 2022:
(Honorary Service Award)
Above and Beyond:
Kelli and her family moved to La Cañada 11 years ago and she immediately stepped into volunteering where she could actively engage in her daughters’ schools. At PCY she was Art Docent for 4 years, Harvest Festival Co-Chair for 1 year, Holiday Teacher Luncheon Co-Chair for 4 years, on the PTA Executive Board for 2 years, Book Fair Assistant Chair for 3 years, and Room Rep twice. She was also on the planning committees for the Country Fair, Colonial Day, 6th grade play and 6th grade Fun Day. At LCHS Kelli served on the PTSA Executive Board for 4 years as Recording Secretary, as VP Programs and on two separate nominating committees. Kelli helped the Senior Planning Committee and administration navigate a Rose Bowl contract for graduation and serves as Team Mom for the LCHS Girls Water Polo Team. Within the community, Kelli has been a Girl Scout Leader and an active member of the local National Charity League, Inc. Glendale Chapter. She led this organization of 300+ members as President from 2020-2021 during the difficult first year of the pandemic.
Kelli has two daughters, Kadyn a sophomore at LCHS and Jayli a 2021 LCHS graduate and currently a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Kelli and her husband John will have been married for 30 years this summer! Kelli is an artist and graphic designer. Kelli enjoys painting, her daily walks/hikes, exploring new neighborhoods and restaurants, seeing live music, traveling, reading and cheering her daughters on at their sporting events.
(LCHS Mathematics Teacher)
Above and Beyond:
Jonathan is a 12 year veteran teacher, 5 of which have been spent in the La Canada School District. He has served as a LCHS basketball coach for 4 years, as varsity head coach of the girl's program this year and regularly chaperones school events. Jonathan has been a club advisor and class advisor for numerous LCHS student organizations. He has created remarkable connections with his students who describe him as teaching with confidence, clarity and unwavering optimism, and creating an atmosphere where students feel included and safe. In fact, past students regularly seek him out to share their accomplishments both in math and their lives in general.
In his off time, Jonathan enjoys watching sports, playing golf, traveling, and incorporating mindfulness practices.
(LCHS Mathematics Teacher / Math Department Chair)
Above and Beyond:
Cindy is a long-standing cherished teacher at LCHS. She has been a member of the math department at LCHS for 21 years and currently serves as Math Department Chair as well as faculty advisor for the Math Club and Math Valkyries. She is the advisor for the Class of 2022 and has worked with four other graduating classes throughout the years. For several years she has helped with Proms, Homecoming parades and dances, Monte Carlo events, grad nights, senior class trips, and numerous fundraising events and was especially instrumental in pulling off Prom during a pandemic. She has served as ASB class advisor several times, as faculty advisor for and Juniors for Seniors Clubs as well as Pep Squad advisor for six years. Students, staff and parents alike describe her as someone who always finds a way to give extra time and energy to making LCHS a better experience for all students, even with her own busy home life.
A graduate of LCHS herself, Cindy has three children, Alexis (7th grader at LCHS 7-8), Margaux (2n grade at LCE), and Miles (Lighted Window Preschool). She enjoys baking and cooking, reading, and making crafts with her children, as well as family trips to Disneyland.
(LCHS Staff / Parent Volunteer)
Above and Beyond:
Beyond her amazing work with students at LCHS, Mijung as served as President of KAPA, the Korean American Parents Association at LCHS and Co-Chair of Korean Outreach at PCY from 2019 - 2021. She posts school information on KAPA social media, translates school documents from English into Korean and organizes parent volunteers to support teachers and students at LCHS. Mijung served as a committee parent member of the secondary school reopening committee, LCUSD June 2020 - May 2021 where she researched how overseas schools cope with pandemic crisis and provided valuable information regarding schooling in South Korea during COVID-19 pandemic, and provided informative messages from committee to Korean parents group in Korean translation. Mijung also serves as a
Paraprofessional II at LCHS and an Instructional Assistant supervising students in specialized programs, assisting students in performing school daily routines, taking notes and completing homework.
Mijung has 2 children at LCHS and 1 child at PCY. She enjoys sewing, crocheting, reading, hiking with dogs, and making balloon animals for children.
Life Highlights:Wayne has 2 daughters at LCHS, Emma Page (12th grade) & Grace Page (10th grade). Outside of being a Dad and LCUSD and community volunteer, he is a multi-EMMY Award winning Producer, Writer, Director for Film & TV, and a Marketing / Branding Consultant for his company Compelling Entertainment. I’ve been a writer and musician my whole life, and love writing sketch comedy, TV shows, Movies and currently a historical drama epic. He plays guitar, tennis and golf, and especially loves cooking. His favorite hobby through the years has been being a spectator at his daughter’s soccer, basketball, softball games, swim meets, gymnastics, dance, theater and clarinet, flute and piano performances.
Past LCHS 9-12 Founders Day Award Winners
(Honorary Service Award unless otherwise indicated.)
|Marybeth Henry & Harrison|
|Sun R. Chung|
|Maria Videla Juniel|
|Jeremy and Julie Milbrodt|
|Lori Moody (Haxton)||Golden Oak|
|Chris Roberts||Continuing Service|
|Sonia Bradley||Continuing Service|
|Christie Clarkson||Continuing Service|
|Laura Strametz||Golden Oak|
|Linda Richman||Continuing Service|
|2015||Maureen Borland||Continuing Service|
|Kathy Harb||Continuing Service|
|Samantha Heer||Continuing Service|
|Celina Lew||Continuing Service|
|Lori Moody (Haxton)||Continuing Service|
|2012||Christie Frandsen||Continuing Service|
|Becky Lankey||Continuing Service|
|Jackie Luzak||Continuing Service|
|Sue Wright||Continuing Service|
|2010||Paul & Cindy Gilbert|
|Cayce Sheppard||Continuing Service|
|The 2009 LCHS Grad Night Committee|
|Karen Mathison||Golden Oak|
|Deputy Todd Samms|
|2005||Jean Kawakami||Continuing Service|
|Mike Leininger||Continuing Service|
|Mary Motia||Continuing Service|
|Lorie Marie Rios|
|LCHS Music Parents|
|Mary Jane Hufstedler||Continuing Service|
|Morgan Spiecker||Golden Oak|
|Lindsay Ward||Continuing Service|
|Karen Mealiffe||Continuing Service|
|Bob Miller||Continuing Service|
|Lindsay Epstein||Continuing Service|
|Mary Lou Langedyke||Continuing Service|
|1998||Randy & Mike Bayard|
|Anthony Dicks||Very Special Person|
|Wendy Nicoll||Continuing Service|
|1997||Pat & Harold Henderson|
|John Kelsey||Continuing Service|
|Carol Mollet||Continuing Service|
|1996||Patty Compeau||Continuing Service|
|Mary Ruth Dicks|
|Carri Pollock||Continuing Service|
|Dallas Raines||Honorary Life|
|Lani Wile||Continuing Service|
|1995||Sherrill Carbonetti||Golden Oak|
|Elizabeth Rose||Continuing Service|
|Mary Jane Huffstedler|
|Carol Pollock||Continuing Service|
|1990||Doug Coe||Continuing Service|
|1988||Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bender||Certificate of Appreciation|
|Mary Lou Langdyke|
|Tanya Beglitsoff||Certificate of Appreciation|
|Lourene Vail||Continuing Service|
|1983||Mary Ann Andrews|
|John Lusche, Sr.|
|Wesley C. Seastrom|
|Richard Wilkinson||Continuing Service|
|Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Larsen|
|1974||Mary Jane Ellis|