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January Student & Educator of the Month Winners


The Lakers are proud to announce the January 2011 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Pallavi Sharma and Claire Wiley. The winning teachers are Steve Hall and Peder Moore. The winning principals are Timothy Sippel and Regina Tillman. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Pallavi Sharma is a senior at Hart High School. Pallavi is an AP student and member of the National Honor Society. She also serves as the Philanthropy Commissioner at Hart, and is a district chair for the Red Cross of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Claire Wiley is a junior at Westridge School for Girls. In school, Claire is a straight-A student in her Honors classes. Outside of school, she is a founding member of the “Simply Savant” club, an organization that raises money and mentors children at the local Boys & Girls Club.

Steve Hall is a Spanish teacher at Avalon Schools on Catalina Island. The pass rates for Mr. Hall’s AP Spanish students are the highest in the Long Beach School District. He has coached Avalon High School’s basketball team for the last 17 years and serves as the volunteer director of the Avalon Parks & Rec. summer basketball league.

Peder Moore is a PE teacher at East Whittier Middle School. Mr. Moore has implemented new programs to help his students meet and exceed state standards for physical fitness. He also home teaches a leukemia patient, and works as an assistant football coach at Azusa Pacific University.

Timothy Sippel is an assistant principal at John Muir High School. Mr. Sippel has been named the 2011 Secondary Co-Administrator of The Year by the Association of Pasadena School Administrators. He has transformed his school’s Pathways program and is also a volunteer soccer coach.

Regina Tillman is the principal of Joshua Hills Elementary School. Ms. Tillman’s has worked tirelessly to raise her student’s test scores and has made great impact by engaging her school’s parents through programs such as The Million Father March, and by leading “effective parenting” classes.
Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on January 14th against the New Jersey Nets. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the January 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.