December 2012 Student & Educator of the Month Winners
The Lakers are proud to announce the December 2012 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Manaya Alonso, Katherine Guerra and Kayla Cruz. The winning teachers are Paul Renaker and Melissa Greene. The winning principal is Juan Munoz. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.
Manaya Alonso, a 4th grade student at Wilkerson Elementary School. Manaya excels in math and language arts and has been placed in the gifted and talented program at her school. While maintaining good grades she participates in her school’s cheer program where she enjoys cheering for football and basketball.
Katherine Guerra, a 5th grade student at C.W. Bursch Elementary School. Katherine has exhibited all of the characteristics of a college bound scholar and is always ready to help other students with any subject. Her teachers describe her as helpful, attentive and eager to learn.
Kayla Cruz, a senior at Canyon High School. Kayla maintains a 3.5 GPA in advanced placement classes while participating in varsity basketball, Key Club, Do Something Community Service Club, and volunteering at St. Joseph’s Hospital and La Pre-see-ma Church.
Paul Renaker, a teacher at Ramona Elementary School. Mr. Renaker goes above and beyond his teaching duties with volunteering 4 days a week to conduct before and after school remedial and enrichment classes for his students. Outside of the classroom his teaching does not stop but continues in to his Sunday school teachings at his church.
Melissa Greene, a 3rd grade teacher at Aspire Tate Academy. Ms. Greene is a founding teacher at Aspire Tate Academy and works tirelessly with her students and teachers to improve the school every day. An example of her commitment was when a large percentage of Ms. Green’s class was reading below a 3rd grade level. She stayed after school, worked during lunch and came in on Saturdays to give her students the extra attention they needed to succeed.
Juan Munoz, the principal of Wilkerson Elementary School. In Mr. Munoz’s first year as principal he was able to bring the school’s state achievement score up from “school improvement” status. This accomplishment is something only 2% of schools are ever able to do. His hands on approach have also improved the school’s discipline and attendance records.
Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on December 9th versus the Utah Jazz. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the December 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.