The Lakers are proud to announce the March 2012 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Jasmin Madrigal, Alexis Heather Sotelo and Sean Boldt. The winning teachers are Latrece Polk and Jermaine Love. The winning principal is Jessica Boro. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Jasmin Madrigal, a 2nd grade student at McKinley Avenue Elementary School who can only be described as remarkable. Jasmin has been fighting Leukemia for two years and has managed to not only keep her spirits up but her grades up as well.

Alexis Heather Sotelo, an 8th grade student at Saint Melachy School who has earned a 4.0 Grade Point Average since the 3rd grade. Her academic achievements match her extracurricular activities, serving as Vice President of the student council and being captain of the volleyball and soccer team.

Sean Boldt, a senior at The Help Group. Sean has come a long way in his time at The Help Group; his grades have improved, his attention span has lengthened and he has become an active member of the basketball team.

Latrece Polk, a 5th grade teacher at Tibby Elementary School. Ms. Polk’s students were the top performing students in Math and Language Arts in the district this last year. She achieved those high marks by always thinking of innovative ways to teach her students to keep them engaged.

Jermaine Love, a special needs teacher at Washington Middle School. Mr. Love uses his love of basketball, and especially the Lakers, to motivate his students to always do their best. When he is not teaching he is busy coaching football and track.

Jessica Boro, a principal at Valor Academy Charter School who has led the efforts in working with teachers, students and parents to ensure that all of her students are on the path to college. She believes that every child has the right to a rigorous and enriching education and has instilled this philosophy at Valor Academy.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on March 25th against the Memphis Grizzlies. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the March 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.