Student & Educator of the month - November 2012

The Lakers are proud to announce the November 2012 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Nhut Duong, Liliana Cruz and Kurush Dubash. The winning teachers are Kassandra Fitz and Ken LaVigne. The winning principal is Scott Tardibuono. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Nhut Duong, a 4th grade student from Wilkerson Elementary School. Nhut has been in the United States for just over 1 year and has not only excelled in learning English quickly but is doing advanced math beyond his 4th grade level.

Liliana Cruz, an 8th grade student from Olive Vista Middle School. Liliana is dedicated to bettering her community. She is involved with Coastal Cleanup, Breast Cancer Awareness Organizations and the American Cancer Society all while earning top grades and being a member of her school’s drill team.

Kurush Dubash, a senior at La Mirada High School. Kurush has gone above and beyond in his academics, this semester he received a 4.67 GPA. While maintaining his excellent grades Kurush stays involved with his school’s Future Business Leaders of America and Rocketry Club.

Kassandra Fitz, a special education teacher at John Muir Middle School. Ms. Fitz has been instrumental in developing an effective special education department at her school. Her students have excelled academically, socially and are given special opportunities to take special fieldtrips to local universities.

Ken LaVigne, a English teacher and football coach at La Serna High School. Mr. LaVigne was awarded California's 2012 Teacher of the Year award. He has succeeded in turning around the academic careers of low-achieving students through La Serna's Organized Academic Support in School (OASIS) program of which he founded.

Scott Tardibuono, the principal of McKinley Elementary School. Mr. T. is responsible for encouraging his school’s love for writing. Twice a semester the school will have a writing celebration day where he will visit each classroom to listen to the student’s writing. His featured author’s board in the main office has instilled a sense of pride for his student’s school wide.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on November 18th versus the Houston Rockets. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the November 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.