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December Student & Educator of the Month Winners

The Lakers are proud to announce the November and December 2011 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This months student winners are Leah Hanley, Esmeralda Chiadez and Octavio Aviles-Valdez. The winning teachers are Kellie Kampen, Adrian Walker, Earn Earnhart, and Andrew Makar. The winning principals are Gerry Jacoby and Jesse Jones. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Leah Hanley, a 6th grader at Aveson Global Leadership Academy who excels in English and History.

Esmeralda Chaidez, a 5th grader at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary who in her first quarter of school did not miss a single assignment.

Octavio Aviles-Valdez, a 3rd grader from Roosevelt Elementary School who is always willing to help a fellow classmate.

Kellie Kampen, a Kindergarten through 2nd grade Special Education Teacher at Foster Road Elementary School who not only teaches a full day in the classroom but then privately teaches those students with special needs that are unable to attend school.

Edrian Walker, a 1st grade teacher at William Jefferson Clinton Elementary School who spends her time after school coordinating their very successful after school program which includes athletics and academics.

David Earnhart, a 4th grade teacher at Washington Accelerated Elementary School who developed and executed the schools volunteer program that approximately 1 in 6 students participate in.

Andrew Makar, a chemistry teacher and cross country coach at Environmental Charter High School who has extended his classroom in to the community by creating service projects alongside the curriculum.

Gerry Jacoby, a principal at Downtown Value School a small charter school in Los Angeles that he began ten years ago and now enrolls 450 students.

Jesse Jones, a principal at Centennial High School who is known to be the first to arrive at school every morning and then greet every student on their way in to the school.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on January 13th against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the November and December Student and Educator of the Month were submitted by principals and teachers of each school based on exemplary teaching efforts, academic achievement or extracurricular activities.