Heroes in Education Awards Recognizes L.A. Unified Stars and Supporters

                LOS ANGELES (March 27, 2017) -- Unsung heroes including principals, teachers, cafeteria workers, other non-instructional employees, parents, volunteers and supporters of L.A. Unified were honored at the Heroes in Education Awards Dinner hosted Friday by Los Angeles School Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic in San Pedro.

                “I know it takes all kinds of heroes to help our students throughout the Los Angeles Unified District, and the folks recognized at this event represent all that is good about community and education. This ceremony is an overdue thank you for all of their hard work,” Dr. Vladovic said. The 167 awardees work in schools throughout his Board District 7.

                Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino emceed the gala held at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. Tesoro Refinery Los Angeles, a major sponsor, recognized Principal Reginald Brookens, who is creating the next generation of doctors at King Drew Medical Magnet High School; Principal Karen Mercado, who emphasizes groundbreaking science, robotics and engineering at Wilmington STEAM Middle School, and Principal Dayna Wells, who focuses on an invaluable natural resource, our oceans, at Port Fermin Marine Science Elementary School.

                L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King, the keynote speaker, said, “Every day these heroes roll up their sleeves and engage in the transformative but challenging work of empowering our students to reach their full potential.”  She added, “These heroes never seek recognition or credit, which is why it is so meaningful that we come here today to honor them.”

                Among the honorees: Luis Gomez, pupil services attendance counselor at Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School; Tasha Hills-King, lead counselor at Mervyn M. Dymally Senior High School; Dave Lopez of CBS2 News, who funds scholarships for future teachers who attend Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy; Ann Norton, who began teaching in 1959 and now subs at White Point Elementary School; Demetrius Smith, plant manager at Carson Street Elementary School; and Ana Tamayo, a dual-language teacher at 75th Street Elementary School.


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