Student & Educator of the Month: January 2014

Lakers Read to AchieveThe Student and Educator of the Month contest allows for schools in the Los Angeles area to nominate outstanding faculty members and students for a chance to be recognized for their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics and in the community.

The contest is open to all elementary, middle, and high schools in the Greater Los Angeles area. All nominations for teachers must be submitted by the principal of the school. All nominations for students must be submitted by a teacher and must include the school principal's name for verification. An individual may only be nominated once during a season.

The Lakers are proud to announce the January 2014 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Jeanette Ramirez, Shelsy Moctezuma and Jesus Rosales. The winning teachers are Reta Saul and Tianna Tang-Lau. The winning principal is Dr. Greg Buckner. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Student Educators of the Month

Jeannette Ramirez, a 4th grade student at New Temple School who is always giving 100% effort in each lesson. Jeannette has straight A’s and is described as having a generous heart and tremendous character. When she grows up she wants to become a teacher and return to New Temple School to work.

Shelsy Moctezuma, a 6th grade student from Wilkerson Elementary School who scored advanced in both her math and language arts State testing. Described as polite, responsible, and respectful she always gives her full attention and effort in class. Shelsy is learning Tae Kwon Do in her spare time but says education will always be her first priority.

Jesus Rosales, a senior at North Hollywood High School who aspires to be a sports broadcaster and for the Los Angeles Lakers. He can be described as a hard worker, computer whiz and someone who is always willing to help others. Jesus dedicates his spare time to helping his community by volunteering for various nonprofit organizations; such as: Make-A-Wish and Toys for Tots.

Reta Sul, Locke High School’s Physical Education teacher. Ms. Sula’s influence over her students does not end at physical education, she also makes sure her students are reading, writing, and discussing topics to help them grow as good citizens. Doubling as the school’s athletic director, Sula oversees several afterschool teams and programs, including the school’s safe and civil team that ensures the school is not only safe but has lots of school spirit!

Tianna Tang-Lau, a third grade teacher from Wilkerson Elementary School. On last year’s state testing 90% of Lau’s students scored proficient or advanced proficient in math. Not only was this the fourth consecutive year that Lau’s students performed above the State average, but they also had the highest test scores of any 3rd grade class in the El Monte City School District. Lau always goes the extra mile for her students.

Dr. Greg Buckner, the principal of Paramount High School. Dr. Buckner oversees a campus of 3,700 students and strives to make a positive difference every single day in their lives. Dr. Buckner has increased his school’s API scores every single year since becoming principal. Known to spend his free time enriching the community, Dr. Buckner leads various school initiatives that are always focused on increasing student achievement.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on January 31st, 2014 vs. Charlotte Bobcats. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a Lakers Student and Educator of the Month t-shirt. 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.

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Past Winners: January | December | November