Certificated Personnel

Amber Christman Heather Lowery
Certificated Human Resource Analyst Human Resource Support Technician
Phone: (760) 752-1244 Phone: (760) 752-1243
Fax: (760) 752-1138 Fax: (760) 752-1138
E-mail: amber.christman@smusd.org                  E-mail: heather.lowery@smusd.org



If you are interested in pursuing a Leave of Absence please complete the Request for Leave Form below and return to Amber Christman in the Human Resources Department. If you are taking a Maternity Leave, in addition to meeting with Amber Christman, please get in contact with Kitty Ross at (760) 752-1241 to discuss continuation of Health Benefits as well as disability claim information. You can also refer to the Master contract Article XVI regarding information on all leaves that are available to Certificated employees.

Leave of Absence Request Form

Please refer to the links below regarding disability claim forms for American Fidelity and the Standard:


American Fidelity File a Disability Claim


The Standard Disability Claim Form



Maternity Leave

You can schedule a meeting with Amber Christman at: amber.christman@smusd.org or (760) 752-1244 to discuss your options for Maternity Leave.

Please refer to the documents listed below for further information regarding Maternity Leaves:



Certificated Personnel

If you have plans on retiring, please attend a retirement planning workshop or schedule an appointment with a local benefits counseling office. You can log into myCalSTRS to manage your personal account information, find available forms to apply for retirement, as well as check the status of your retirement application.

If you have not registered on Cal STRS yet, you can do so by following the link provided below:


The Cal STRS 2018 Retirement Guide is listed below, please refer to this guide for more detailed information regarding your retirement options.



Clear and Professional Clear credentials can be renewed online. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing encourages this renewal process. Please click the Educator Page button below and follow the step by step process in order to renew your credential online at the CTC website.



**Course Approval Form Available Here**

Feel free to complete, scan and email a copy of your completed Course Approval Form to: heather.lowery@smusd.org 

Please refer to the SMEA/SMUSD Master Contract Article X Section 3: Credit for College and University Training. You will need to complete a Course Approval Application form for every course you wish to receive unit credit. Send the completed Course Approval Form to Amber Christman/HR. These forms should be submitted prior to taking coursework. A Professional Growth Committee that has been selected by SMEA will review this Course Approval Application form and either approve or disapprove it. The Human Resources Department will return the yellow copy of the Course Approval Form to you so that you can see the Professional Growth Committee's action.


**Request for Reclassification Form Available Here** 

Feel free to complete, scan and email a copy of your completed Request For Reclassification Form to: heather.lowery@smusd.org 

Please refer to the SMEA/SMUSD Master Contract Article X, Section 3 B: Movement on the salary schedule. Movement down a step every year is automatically done, Column movement is not. It is your responsibility to notice the district of your intent to make a column change for the next school year. You have until March 1st of each year to notice the district of your intent to change columns for the upcoming school year. You will use the Request for Reclassification form in order to request a column change.



Please refer to the SMEA/SMUSD Master Contract, Article XV Section B. Any unit member wishing to transfer to another school or work location for the following school year, shall notify Human Resources on a District provided Transfer Request Form, of the desire to transfer. All transfer opportunities shall be posted on the District website and updated on a weekly basis from April 1st through June 30th. Unit members shall receive an informal interview, if a vacancy exists, for each requested transfer made prior to April 1st. Any unit member applying for a vacancy that did not request a transfer by April 1st shall be interviewed in the regular candidate pool. Only one interview per site will occur annually unless otherwise agreed upon by site administration and the unit member.

Please click on the link below beginning April 1st and ending June 30th for a list of all Certificated vacancies.

**Feel free to email your transfer request form to: amber.christman@smusd.org **



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