Tami Sciacca, activities director at Los Alamitos High School, has won the 2021 Bob Burton Spirit Award for her leadership in using school spirit to connect students and community during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The award, sponsored by the California Activities Directors Association is named for Burton, who was activities director for 30 years at Fallbrook High School and author of the book Spirit Works: Turn it On. The award honors directors across the state who make a positive difference and emphasize inclusion for all students. Sciacca won for the region encompassing Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
As part of her job, Sciacca is responsible for the school’s Associated Student Body (ASB) organization and its efforts to motivate students, known collectively as the “Los Al Locos,” through events and activities, such as a student-hosted FaceTime Show, Freshman Zoom Connections, Virtual and Campus Spirit Days, and the socially-distanced Griffin Games field competition.
“Fearless and focused, Tami courageously navigates a pathway of spirit and inclusivity for all,” said Los Alamitos High Principal Dr. Gregg Stone, “messaging to the campus and larger community that we are Better Together, even when we’re apart because of COVID. She leads by example every day through her acts of servant leadership, modeling a philosophy that focuses on supporting others to attain one’s personal goals, reminding her students that they are exemplary, not exempt.”
To this end, Sciacca also fosters more than 100 student-organized clubs that provide connectivity and inclusivity, especially minority and marginalized student populations. Under her guidance, each club gives back to the community with a commitment of local community service.
Sciacca is in her fourth year as the Los Alamitos High Activities Director. She is also an intervention teacher with 15 years of experience in K-12 classrooms. She is the recipient of multiple State and National awards of teaching excellence, intervention, and connecting students with academic and personal success.
In 2019, Sciacca and the Los Al Locos were awarded the Southern California Most Spirited Student Section, as well as one of the nation’s Most Spirited High Schools by Varsity Brands.