January 2013 Student & Educator of the Month Winners

Student & Educator of the month - December 2012

The Lakers are proud to announce the January 2013 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Mia Chang, David Rodriguez and Opemipo Akerele. The winning teachers are Esperanza Lopez and Saundra Booker. The winning principal is Norberto Perez. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Mia Chang, a 4th grade student at Longden Elementary School. Mia has received character and academic awards every trimester for the last 3 consecutive years and she currently holds a 4.0 GPA. She is also involved in Girl Scouts, plays the piano, and is captain of the basketball team at school.

David Rodriguez, an 8th grade student at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School. David has demonstrated academic excellence in all subject areas. He has also shown dedication and leadership in training with his peers to run the 2013 Honda LA Marathon.

Opemipo Akerele a junior at King Drew Magnet of Science & Medicine High School. Opa is ranked #1 in her class and is a student representative on a committee that helps address her school’s accreditation issues. Her teachers describe her as having the maturity, intellectual interests, organization, and desire to do well in college and life.

Esperanza Lopez, a science teacher at Paramount High School. Miss Lopez is beloved by students and faculty alike. She has been instrumental in hosting weekly meetings with the teachers so they can collaborate on how to best meet their student’s needs. Here infectious motto is “All Kids Can Learn.”

Saundra Booker, a 2nd grade teacher at Alice M. Birney Elementary School. Ms. Booker has taught her students to develop a passion for learning for the past 20 years. She is described as kind, considerate, and encouraging teacher who provides her students with a challenging and creative classroom environment. Ms. Booker works well with others and is particularly effective in her relationships with children.

Norberto Perez, the principal of Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall School. During his tenure as school principal, the school culture and academic performance of the students has improved dramatically. He also established a new library with an effort to increase student literacy. Mr. Perez is described as truly an instructional leader that does everything possible to insure the students succeed.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on January 25th game 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 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.