Bohn Elementary School custodian Jeremy Walton was recently honored as the countywide classified employee of the year in maintenance, operations and facilities.

Walton, the school’s daytime custodian and security guard, has worked at Bohn for two decades. His efforts to grow a competition-size pumpkin in the school garden attracted attention and offers of help from students.

He was recognized June 6 at the ninth annual San Joaquin County Classified Employee and Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration Dinner at the county office of education.

Two local teachers were among five finalists for teacher of the year. Monica Hill teaches second grade at Kelly School, and Renee Mendez teaches math at Mountain House High School.

Walton, Hill and Mendez each received a $400 award from Premier Community Credit Union.

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