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February Student & Educator of the Month Winners

The Lakers are proud to announce the February 2012 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Julio Flores, Crystal Torres and Evelyn Parada. The winning teachers are Karen Fry and Marissa Martinez. The winning principal is Debbie Tate. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Julio Flores, a 2nd grade student at Wilkerson Elementary School who not only excels in his academics but would be described by his teacher as her “right-hand man.” Crystal Torres, an 8th grade student and drill team captain at Olive Vista Middle School who has received the top grade in her honors algebra class and volunteers to tutor her fellow students in the subject to improve their skills.

Evelyn Parada, a senior at Warren High School who has a true commitment to her community. Being a part of her school’s Associated Student Body all four years, she has helped to organize food drives, blood drives and various other fundraising activities to benefit local nonprofits.

Karen Fry, a 2nd grade teacher at Wilkerson Elementary School who has taken on the responsibility as incentive chair at her school; where she contacts various organizations for donations as prizes for the student in order to encourage better performance.

Marissa Martinez, a high school special education teacher at Animo Pat Brown Charter High School where she is committed to helping the students improve their grades while increasing their chances to graduate on time and to think outside of the box.

Debbie Tate, a principal at Inglewood High School who has 30+ years in the district and 11 years as the principal at Inglewood High School. She is described by her peers as a motivator and an inspiring educator who is always willing to mentor a new teacher or administrator.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on February 20th against the Portland Trailblazers. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the February 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.