Fernando and Valerie Aenlle-Rocha were named Jan. 20 as this year's recipients of the Golden Apple award from the La Cañada Unified School District.
The Golden Apple award is given to outstanding community leaders in California and is sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators. The Aenlle-Rochas have been fixtures of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation since 1999 and continue to volunteer at individual LCUSD schools where their children are, or were once, enrolled.
Fernando and Valerie said they felt as though there was someone else in the community who was more deserving. When the announcement was made that they were the winners of the 2010-11 Golden Apple award, Fernando turned to Valerie and asked, "What have we done to win this?"
It's a fairly long answer.
The couple has filled big roles in the Educational Foundation over the years. Fernando served as a Foundation director from 1999 to 2005, acting as the organization's chairperson of publicity, the back-to-school-night committee and the yard-signs committee. Valerie stepped in as the Foundation's president this past June after working as a director since 2006.