Honoree 2015 – Cheryl Kamphefner

Congrats to Cheryl Kamphefner for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Name:  Cheryl Kamphefner

Nominating Organization:  Philip J. Reilly Elementary School

Honoree Category:  Education

Why Nominated:  Cheryl has given Reilly Elementary 23 years of service as a teacher/mentor and friend to all the students, teachers, parents and staff at Reilly. She left teaching here at Reilly for medical reasons but continues to come in most everyday and help our student council, yearbook committee, Reilly Writes publication, PTA fundraisers and beautiful murals for our campus that follow the Pyramid of Success motto of John Wooden. The students, parents and staff absolutely love her. She is the heart of our wonderful school and I feel truly blessed to call her my friend.

Donna Yount
Attendance/Records

Cheryl Kamphefner is a retired teacher who dedicates more hours per week at our school than most of our teaching staff. She is here every day for hours (often late into the night), working with students, parents, and faculty. She continues to strive to make our school the very best it can be. She works with our PTA and Student Council to help the school raise money. She has developed fun activities to help the students learn and enjoy school at the same time. Cheryl has revamped our PE program by purchasing and organizing our PE equipment. She has revitalized our Character Education program by helping create two separate Eagle Scout projects that display John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success throughout the school. She has worked with Peanut Harper and the Harper Foundation to bring tennis equipment and Character Education assemblies to our school for the past three years. Cheryl is a tireless worker and a joy to be around. There is nothing that she would not do for our school!

Maureen Cordina
Elementary Teaching Assistant Principal II

Cheryl devotes her time making Reilly Elementary a better place. She has donated 1000’s of hours helping with student incentive programs, a student store, working on our yearbook, fundraising programs, and a program to beautify our school with fabulous murals dedicated to the educational incentives which are the center of our school’s educational and behavioral philosophy – the John Wooden Pyramid of Success. Rarely a day goes by that Mrs. Kamphefner is not on our campus donating her time. The students at Reilly really look forward to working with her. She truly deserves the recognition for her unwavering dedication to our school.

Cheryl Kamphefner is a retired teacher from Philip Reilly Elementary located in Mission Viejo, CA. She remains as “one of the institutional assets of Reilly”. She leads by example, and continues to give her talents to the school. Even after finishing teaching, Cheryl continues to volunteer everyday. She is a key organizer of student council, instrumental in starting the student run store where students learn hands on lessons of leadership and the value of character. She has made UCLA Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success the foundation of the school’s character education program. Our community is in awe of her commitment and dedication in always going above and beyond in bringing the Character Education Program to Reilly.

Cheryl touches hundreds of children’s lives daily. She was one of the opening teachers on staff at Reilly and has dedicated her life to educating children. She has a servant’s heart! No one better deserves this award then Cheryl.

Thank you.

Lois Cohen
Office Manager

The Reilly Elementary School PTA enthusiastically nominates Cheryl Kamphefner for the “Spirit of Volunteerism” 2015 Award. Mrs. Kamphefner IS the very spirit of volunteering at Reilly Elementary! She is the example we all try to emulate. Cheryl is a retired Reilly teacher and has volunteered there practically every day for the past three years since her retirement. As one Reilly Volunteer said, “She never actually retired! She has been instrumental in the daily functions of school life at Reilly.”

She goes above and beyond to enrich the experiences of the entire Reilly community. Mrs. Kamphefner consistently volunteers her time to help in PTA meetings and the Reilly Foundation. She has volunteered to co-create Reilly’s yearbook this year. This is an enormous undertaking that takes creativity and patience – qualities that Cheryl exemplifies! Cheryl also co-chairs our “Reilly Writes” committee of students. This group learns to evaluate and edit other students’ writing so that a priceless book of students’ writing is created each year.

Mrs. Kamphefner is also in charge of our Student Council. Her enthusiasm is contagious to these students; with her encouragement they have challenged themselves to organize community outreach programs where they have learned valuable lifelong lessons. They successfully run a Student Store with Mrs. Kamphefner’s guidance as well. Because of her dedication, she has inspired a group of parents to regularly volunteer at the store.

Cheryl is the backbone of Reilly’s character education program. It is based on UCLA Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and the book Inch and Miles: Journey to Success. She has volunteered her time to organize a successful parent education night to share how the Pyramid’s character traits are taught at school and how they can be encouraged at home. She also organized a school assembly with Peanut and Tim Harper (Harper for Kids Foundation) and the UCI Girls’ Soccer team to motivate our students about showing good character. Kamphefner was also instrumental in painting 15 3D murals around the school’s campus to illustrate each of the positive character traits in the book Inch and Miles: Journey to Success. The murals range in size from 4 x 6 feet to 8 x 10 feet. The project took seven months to complete. Kamphefner’s commitment to the project encouraged parents and students to volunteer their time to help paint as well. This process created a wonderful sense of community spirit, which is enforced every time we walk past the murals.

Cheryl Kamphefner is an invaluable volunteer. She is a roll model for all of our Reilly Elementary students and families.

Irene Palatics
Reilly Elementary School PTA and the Entire Executive Board

Cheryl Kamphefner is a retired teacher from Philip Reilly Elementary located in Mission Viejo, CA. She remains as “one of the institutional assets of Reilly”. She leads by example, and continues to give her talents to the school. Even after finishing teaching, Cheryl continues to volunteer everyday. She is a key organizer of student council, instrumental in starting the student run store where students learn hands on lessons of leadership and the value of character. She has made UCLA Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success the foundation of the school’s character education program. Our community is in awe of her commitment and dedication in always going above and beyond in bringing the Character Education Program to Reilly.

Cheryl touches hundreds of children’s lives daily. She was one of the opening teachers on staff at Reilly and has dedicated her life to educating children. She has a servant’s heart! No one better deserves this award then Cheryl. Thank you.

Vicki Therrien

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One thought on “Honoree 2015 – Cheryl Kamphefner

  1. Congratulations Cheryl! You have the biggest heart of anyone I know and are all about giving back to your school and community. Thank YOU for all you do!!! Diane T.

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