Paso Robles Joint Unified School District employees earn praise

Dorothy Halic is principal at Pat Butler Elementary School.
Dorothy Halic is principal at Pat Butler Elementary School.

While Dorothy Halic was named manager of the year in the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, the principal of Pat Butler Elementary School said the school’s success hinges on several professionals and not just her.

“It takes all of us,” she said. “You never do anything alone in life.”

Halic was one of three Paso Robles schools employees honored at the end of the school year. Charlie Berry, a teacher at Kermit King Elementary School, was named teacher of the year, and Jerome Jackson, a custodian at Bauer-Speck Elementary School, was named classified employee of the year.

While Halic has had different careers in life — she worked in coffee sales and management, she was as an art gallery director and once taught sculpture at Chico State — she has had a long career in education, including 11 years as a principal.

“Education has brought out the best in me,” Halic said. “What can be more fulfilling than working with the future every day?”

Halic, a former elementary school teacher, became a principal at Shandon Elementary School. In 2007, she became principal at Pat Butler.

She has a master’s degree in studio art and sculpture from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s in educational administration from Cal Poly.

Berry, who began his education career in 1996, has been teaching fourth grade at Kermit King since the school opened in 2001. Known for his sense of humor and a passion for technology and science, according to a district biography, Berry has raised trout in his classroom the past eight years. He also helped bring iPads to the school, and he is involved in the Endeavor Program, which focuses on the Common Core classes. He is four classes from earning a master’s degree in education with a concentration on learning in technology.

Berry has also taught second and third grade.

Jackson is the head custodian at Bauer-Speck, a magnet school that emphasizes agriculture and the arts.

Neither Berry nor Jackson have been available for comment.