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January Student & Educator of the Month Winners

The Lakers are proud to announce the January 2012 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Desirie Hernandez, Amy Estrada and Vanessa Ramirez. The winning teachers are Jocelyn Knight and Ron Harmon. The winning is Kimberly Wright. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Desiree Hernandez, a 5th grader at Wilkerson Elementary School who excels in Language Arts and Math and in her spare time she volunteers to tutor 1st and 2nd grade students at her school as well as contribute to her schools tree planting project in El Monte.

Amy Estrada, a 6th grade student at Valor Academy Charter School. Amy has maintained straight A’s in all of her core and extracurricular classes while becoming one of Valor’s ambassadors. As an ambassador she shows visitors around the school and answers any questions they may have.

Vanessa Ramirez, a 7th grade student at Valor Academy Charter School who has terrific work ethic especially when it comes to her academics. She maintains straight A’s while also competing with her soccer team and learning about the importance of team work.

Jocelyn Knight, a 5th grade teacher at Hamilton Elementary School. Ms. Knight has taught for over 30 years and continues to bring her enthusiasm for learning to each of her lessons and manages to have a little fun along the way. Her motto is, “No student will not achieve.”

Ron Harmon, a 7th grade math and art teacher at Marshall Academy of the Arts. Mr. Harmon has been instrumental in Marshall being transformed in to an “Academy of the Arts” school by spending his summer setting up the new art room. This year he has taken on the after school program which give kids a positive and healthy after school alternative.

Kimberly Wright, a principal at Cienega Elementary School. Ms. Wright meets with all of her student individually to go over their progress in school and works with them to stay on track. Monthly she will cook healthy foods for her students so they can have a well-balanced meal during the school week.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on January 22nd against the Indiana Pacers. 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.