April Student & Educator of the Month Winners


The Lakers are proud to announce the April 2012 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Tommy Voong and Zoey Cigar-Hodge. The winning teachers are Joe Nguyen and Jenny Burman. The winning principal is Bonnie Carter. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Tommy Voong, a 2nd grade student at Wilkerson Elementary School. Tommy has excelled in reading this year, with reading at a 4th grade level and becoming one of the only two 2nd graders, in Wilkerson Elementary School history, to read over 250,000 words.

Zoey Cigar-Hodge, a junior at King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science. Zoey has taken a very active role within her school by being a member of the Key Club, Golden Gazette Newspaper, Junior State of America, California Scholarship Federation and Student Council. All while maintaining excellent grades and earning the Principal Honor Roll award.

Joe Nguyen, a teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School. Mr. Nguyen uses his passion for the Lakers in his teaching lessons and to give his student the boost they need to achieve all of their goals at Franklin High.

Jenny Burman, a 7th grade life science and health teacher at Markham Middle School. Mrs. Burman is the key player for bringing a large school garden to Markham Middle School. The Markham Farm is used as an outdoor classroom for teachers to use during the week.

Bonnie Carter, a principal at Ramona Elementary School. Mrs. Carter began the program “Character Counts” around campus which is infused in every aspect of the school. Knowing the importance of having a good character is just as important as getting good grades at Ramona Elementary.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on April 13th against the Denver Nuggets. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the April 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.