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GUHSD Governing Board Honors Moon Valley High School Achievement Above All Recipients
Posted on 02/04/2022
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Excellence continues at Glendale Union High School District as the Governing Board honored Moon Valley High School’s Achievement Above All recipients, including Teacher of the Year, Student of the Year, Student Group of the Year, Support Staff of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year during their latest meeting. Principal Anat Salyer spoke about all recipients as well as presented them with a certificate or award for their achievements.

Shauntel Sussex is Moon Valley’s Teacher of the Year. For almost a decade, Shauntel Sussex has been a dance teacher at Moon Valley High School. She has a passion for dance and teaching. Before her time at Moon Valley, Sussex taught at dance studios. When she is not teaching, she is coaching Cheer and Pomline.

When asked about her passion for teaching, Sussex says, “Being an elective teacher gives me the chance to connect to students on a different level. I believe that I truly get to make a difference in these students' lives and give them an outlet they cannot receive somewhere else.”


Described as a leader both on and off the campus, Lauryn Schumann is Moon Valley High School’s Student of the Year. Schumann participates in varsity golf, basketball, and tennis. She has been in Student Council for all four years and is the current Student Body Secretary and National Honor Society President. In addition to all her extracurricular activities, Schumann is currently taking five Advanced Placement classes and has never received a grade lower than an A.

Schumann’s golf coach, Mr. Folkman, says, “I think she is one of those people that could do anything she sets her mind to.  She has a natural ability, both athletically and academically. She seems fearless in her path to being successful. She has grit.”

Schumann says her goals and plans for the future are to attend a college on the East Coast and major in Political Science.


With over 20 members and led by Curtis Folkman, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is Moon Valley’s Student Group of the Year. DECA is a premier career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and young entrepreneurs for careers in marketing and business. In addition to going to educational conferences and competitions, they also run their own business on campus called the Rocket Shop. They order their inventory, set their prices, and market their products.

Sponsor Curtis Folkman says their future goals are to expand product inventory at the Rocket Shop, continue with sports concessions, recruit more members, and increase success at conferences.

Student Group

A district graduate, Terry LaMountain, is Moon Valley High School’s Support Staff of the Year. LaMountain has been a Title I Instructional Assistant for the past decade. She assists in various areas on campus including the math lab, Read 180 room, and the BLAST center. Title I Coordinator Mrs. Thomas says, “Terry is well respected and valued by all the teachers she works with. They love having her in their classrooms. She is patient and encouraging with all students.”

When LaMountain is not in the classroom she says she is out hiking, bowling, or painting.

Support Staff

The Band Boosters and Rocket Parent Booster Treasurer, Tammy Luna, is Moon Valley’s Volunteer of the Year. Luna can be found volunteering at band festivals, football games, wrestling events, or wherever she is needed. Band Director Mr. Zimmerman says, “Tammy Luna has been a great help to the band program. From fundraising to moving props and equipment she is always willing to jump in and help. Parents like her make our program work.”

Luna says she doesn’t volunteer for the recognition but does it because she believes that a school’s success begins with parent leadership.