Gratitude Served with Hot Sauce – Thank You BBQ 2022 – Pasadena Schools

The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) hosted administration and facilities staff from the Pasadena Unified School District – the backbone of our school district – at our annual Thank You BBQ on Wednesday, November 16. The barbecue is a special event once a year when employees from various administrative departments and areas of interest have the opportunity to relax and socialize for a few hours. Under the November sun, the staff savored together a meal carefully prepared by the Superintendent himself…and gratitude for dedicated service was offered to all. Hot sauce optional.

PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald served his now famous Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Flank Steak with the help of his PUSD Prep and Grilling Team: Tendaji Jamal – Chief Technology Officer, Rene Arnold – Department of language assessment and development, Roy Boulghourjian – former school board member, Diane Orona – manager of administrative services, Teresa Rodriguez – executive secretary and Leonard Hernandez Jr. – director of maintenance, operations, transportation and facilities . Volunteers and staff from the PEF and PTSA Council of the PUSD served the sides of the Pasadena Fish Market.

“Thank you for all you do every day to support and educate our students,” Dr. McDonald said to kick off the event. “Your work is greatly appreciated.”

Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF), 351 South Hudson Ave. RM 153, Pasadena, (626) 396-3625 or visit

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