2017-18 Student and Educator of the Month

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The Lakers are proud to announce the March 2018 Student and Educator of the Month winners presented by City of Hope! This month’s student winners are Cian Hawkins, Valeria Garcia and Adalia Bishopp. The winning teachers are Alex Rosas, John Bobich and Monique Porter. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Cian Hawkins, a hardworking 12th grade student at Newbury Park High School, where he is one of the school’s top students! He not only excels inside the classroom, but he is a leader outside of the classroom, volunteering with students with special needs, as well as AYSO events.

Valeria Garcia, a well-rounded 11th grade student at James A. Garfield High School. Valeria has been a straight-A student who has had perfect attendance since pre-school! She has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll at Garfield since 9th grade, and is an elected Senator for AB. Additionally, she has volunteered over 400 hours the past 3 years.

Adalia Bishopp, an environmentally conscious 8th grade student at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Adalia has organized and hosted meetings for the Green Team club at school to minimize waste, and promote a healthy environment. Her commitment to develop an environmentally aware culture on campus is admirable.

Alex Rosas, an inspiring teacher at John C. Fremont High School. Alex builds leaders and prepares students for college by providing tutoring before and after school for students who need extra support. He and his students painted murals, cleaned up campus and built benches in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King at their First Day of Service.

John Bobich, the Dean and basketball coach at San Pedro High School. He is always guiding students in the right direction, and goes above and beyond his every day duties. He constantly models service above self, and makes a difference in his students and players’ lives by instilling values of education and ensuring a safe campus.

Monique Porter, a bright and bubbly teacher at Carr Elementary School. Monique has been at Carr for over 20 years, and is the ultimate team player! She can be found attending current and former students sporting events, or providing after school tutoring for students who need extra support.


The Lakers are proud to announce the January 2018 Student and Educator of the Month winners presented by City of Hope! This month’s student winners are Jenibelle Ho, David DeLa Cruz, Isabella Scott, Judith Gonzales Baruch, Chris Stidger and Jose Andrade. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Jenibelle Ho , an outstanding 9th grade student at James A. Garfield High School. Guillermo not only excels in the classroom, but also excels in the in the community. His report cards show straight A’s and he spends his free time giving back at a local senior citizens home.

David DeLa Cruz , a selfless 8th grade student at Durfee School, who is known for putting others needs before her own. She tutors special needs students, reads to the elderly, helps take care of her family, and somehow still finds time to play sports and lead the cheerleading team!

Isabella Scott , a hardworking 8th grade student at Olive Vista Middle School. Ariana is known to be a leader in her class, and is constantly lifting the spirits of those around her. On top of schoolwork, she is on the drill team practice and volunteers with the American Cancer Society.

Judith Gonzales Baruch , a top-notch math teacher at James A. Garfield High School. Mrs. Juarez is like a mother to many of her students, so much so that they call her “mom”. She has certainly helped shape the lives of many students over her 20-year teaching career.

Chris Stidger , a dedicated 6th grade teacher at Gage Middle School. Mrs. Feld is a caring teacher who motivates her students to reach their full potential. She is always willing to help, and constantly goes the extra mile in support of students, parents, teachers and the community.

Jose Andrade , a 9th grade teacher at James A. Garfield High School. Mr. Gonzales volunteers his time after school to help students with scholarships and college applications. He has been instrumental in forming relationships between the school and local universities, allowing many students to reach their goal of going to college!


The Lakers are proud to announce the December 2017 Student and Educator of the Month winners presented by City of Hope! This month’s student winners are Christian Ramirez, Adrie Villa, Arianna Gomez, Cathy Furer, Ricardo Rivas and Romel Espinoza. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Christian Ramirez, a dedicated 5th grade student at Montague Charter Academy, where he is a leader both in and out of the classroom. Christian has been appointed as Vice President of his 5th grade class and has been a model student all year. He is also a part of an exclusive science club at school, where he applies a variety of concepts taught in the classroom into real life projects.

Adrie Villa, an outstanding 8th grade student at Durfee School. Adrie maintains a busy schedule ranging from being President of the Honor Club, tutoring students at lunch, to staying after school to help the office staff. She helps others every day and always keeps a smile on her face!

Arianna Gomez, a standout 5th grade student at Montague Charter Academy, where she constantly leads by example. Arianna has earned the role as secretary of education for her 5th grade class. She also dedicates her time to afterschool programs where she helps create events for other students!

Cathy Furer, a hands-on teacher from Open Magnet Charter School. Ms. Furer has impacted the young academic lives of kindergarten students for over 20 years. She is committed to developing educated, loving individuals while also giving back to her community at large through different volunteer committees.

Ricardo Rivas, an excellent teacher at James A. Garfield High School. Mr. Rivas has been instrumental with helping his students increase their test scores and helping Garfield High School become a California Distinguished School. He is also an active volunteer in the community, leading multiple initiatives to help the local youth. Mr. Rivas is the head basketball coach for Garfield High School, where he has led his team to multiple league championships.

Romel Espinoza, a dedicated teacher at James A. Garfield High School. Mr. Espinoza is able to relate to his students on a personal level, allowing him to push them to become the best students possible. He opens his class before school, during lunch and after school to allow students to get extra help. Mr. Espinoza also helps guide his students through the rigorous college process to help them towards a brighter future.


The Lakers are proud to announce the November 2017 Student and Educator of the Month winners presented by City of Hope! This month’s student winners are Guillermo Gonzales, Breana Larios and Ariana Velasquez. The winning teachers are Lucy Juarez, Audra Feld and Guillermo Gonzales. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Guillermo Gonzales, an outstanding 9th grade student at James A. Garfield High School. Guillermo not only excels in the classroom, but also excels in the in the community. His report cards show straight A’s and he spends his free time giving back at a local senior citizens home.

Breana Larios, a selfless 8th grade student at Durfee School, who is known for putting others needs before her own. She tutors special needs students, reads to the elderly, helps take care of her family, and somehow still finds time to play sports and lead the cheerleading team!

Ariana Velasquez, a hardworking 8th grade student at Olive Vista Middle School. Ariana is known to be a leader in her class, and is constantly lifting the spirits of those around her. On top of schoolwork, she is on the drill team practice and volunteers with the American Cancer Society.

Lucy Juarez, a top-notch math teacher at James A. Garfield High School. Mrs. Juarez is like a mother to many of her students, so much so that they call her “mom”. She has certainly helped shape the lives of many students over her 20-year teaching career.

Audra Feld, a dedicated 6th grade teacher at Gage Middle School. Mrs. Feld is a caring teacher who motivates her students to reach their full potential. She is always willing to help, and constantly goes the extra mile in support of students, parents, teachers and the community.

Guillermo Gonzales, a 9th grade teacher at James A. Garfield High School. Mr. Gonzales volunteers his time after school to help students with scholarships and college applications. He has been instrumental in forming relationships between the school and local universities, allowing many students to reach their goal of going to college!

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on November 19, 2017 vs. the Denver Nuggets. 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 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.

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