February 2013 Student & Educator of the Month Winners
Vance Allen, a 5th grade student at Woodcrest Elementary School. Vance is described by his principal as an outstanding student with a strong work ethic. Vance initiated a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims and helped raise over $720 for the Red Cross. In his free time, he is also a mentor to kindergarten students. Himani Sharma, an 11th grade student at Hart High School. Him-on-ee earned over a 4.0 last semester while taking AP and Honors classes. She is also the philanthropy commissioner of her high school and serves as the district president and school president of the American Red Cross.
Jordan Elist, a 12th grader at Harvard- Westlake School. Jordan is at the top of his class with a course load that includes 10 AP courses! He is described as an excellent scholar, leader, and community servant. He has also started his own non-profit 5 years ago, “Save a Bottle, Save a Life” in an effort to promote recycling.
Allan Valente, a 7th through 12th grade teacher at Opportunities for Learning Public Charter School. Mr. Valente is seen not only as a teacher but as a mentor as well. He is known for inspiring the hearts and minds of students. Mr. Valente also started an afterschool basketball program which was the first program of its kind at the charter school.
Araceley Maldonado, a 4th grade teacher at Wilkerson School. Ms. Maldonado regularly volunteers to stay after school to tutor students. To encourage students to do well on the state test she created a school play for some additional motivation. Ms. Maldonado also serves on the Leadership Committee to assist the school improve academically.
Herbert Jones, the principal of Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy. Mr. Jones works tirelessly to foster a positive attitude among students. He makes himself present in an effort to interact and mentor the students. He has great community involvement and has helped increase the focus on academic achievement.
Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on February 22nd versus the Portland Trailblazers. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the February 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.