Student & Educator of the Month

2019-20 Student and Educator of the Month

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The Lakers are proud to announce the February 2020 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Patrick Taliauli, Nicolas Swanson, and Pablo Mata. This month’s educator winners are Adrianna Garcia, Ray Villanueva, and Julie Cahn. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach. Patrick Taliauli, an exceptional 5th grade student at Dooley Elementary School. Patrick creates activities for students that promote volunteering and a positive school climate. He excels academically while playing both football and basketball.

Patrick Taliauli, an exceptional 5th grade student at Dooley Elementary School. Patrick creates activities for students that promote volunteering and a positive school climate. He excels academically while playing both football and basketball.

Nicole Swanson, a hardworking 6th grade student at St. John of God School. Nicolas makes Honor Roll every quarter and consistently remains at the top of his class. He also volunteers as a Big Buddy to the Kindergarten students.

Pablo Mata, a determined 12th grade student at Saddleback High School. As an International Baccalaureate student, Pablo has taken some of the most difficult courses available. He also serves as the team manager & statistician for the school’s basketball teams.

Adriana Garcia, an innovative principal at Legore Elementary School. Principal Garcia brought the school’s scores in Language Arts and Math above the state average. This year, Legore Elementary is eligible to receive the California Distinguished School award.

Ray Villanueva, a dedicated PE teacher at Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 8. Mr. Villanueva heads the athletic department and provides literacy instruction. He is a mentor to other teachers and exemplifies a commitment to students and the community.

Julie Cahn, a selfless teacher at Enadia Way Elementary School. After 39 years, Julie is in her final year of teaching ELS. Her dedication and love for her job has a strong impact on her students and many of them remain in contact with her today.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on February 25th vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. 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 February Student and Educator of the Month were submitted by administrators, principals and teachers of each school based on exemplary teaching efforts, academic achievement or extracurricular activities.


December Student & Educator of the Month

The Lakers are proud to announce the December 2019 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Cesar Martinez, Ryder Sharts, Chelsea Salgado, Marianne Leon, Allen Thoe, and Jayne Okazaki. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Cesar Martinez, an exceptional 3rd grade student at Armada Elementary School. Cesar is on the honor roll and has won awards for outstanding student and perfect attendance. After school, he is a junior program leader and participates in the 100 mile and spelling bee clubs.

Ryder Sharts, a hardworking 8th grade student at Valley View Middle School. Ryder has the highest GPA in his class and is an active member of the yearbook club. As captain of the basketball team, he has led the team to three undefeated seasons.

Chelsea Salgado, a determined 12th grade student at George Washington Preparatory High School. Chelsea aspires to attend the University of Southern California and become a neonatal surgeon. As class president, she is dedicated to helping her school and her peers.

Marianne Leon, a dedicated Reading Specialist at Sanchez Elementary School. Ms. Leon has been teaching for over 25 years and always puts students first. She is an integral part of ensuring students receive the support they need to succeed.

Allen Thoe, an innovative teacher at Citrus Valley High School. Mr. Thoe encourages students to explore robotics and coding and was recognized as C-STEM teacher of the year. He is the advisor for the Girls Who Code club and coaches soccer.

Jayne Okazaki, a dedicated and selfless principal at Edison Elementary School. With over 25 years at the Torrance Unified School District, Principal Okazaki has dedicated her career to helping young students grow and is truly the heartbeat of the school. Under her leadership, Edison was named an Honor Roll School for raising student achievement.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on December 8th vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. 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 December Student and Educator of the Month were submitted by administrators, principals and teachers of each school based on exemplary teaching efforts, academic achievement or extracurricular activities.


November Student & Educator of the Month

The Lakers are proud to announce the November 2019 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Areanna Flores, Mia Ceja and Esteban Gonzalez. The winning educators are Paul Tran, Vasag Sherbetdjian and Joye Roberts. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Areanna Flores, a selfless 5th grade student at Montague Charter Academy. She leads Class Congress meetings and advocates for the needs of her fellow students as a member of the Student Senate. In her free time, she loves to play soccer.

Mia Ceja, a hardworking 8th grade student at Olive Vista Middle School. Mia is in the top 5% of her school while enrolled in honors and advanced classes. In her spare time, she is the captain of the school’s running team.

Esteban Gonzalez,, an exceptional 10th grade student at James A. Garfield High School. Esteban scored perfectly on the state math test and has been on the principal’s honor roll every grading period. Outside of class, he has completed over 100 community service hours and performs Mariachi music.

Paul Tran, a big-hearted teacher at Renaissance High School for the Arts. With the help of Mr. Tran, the school was awarded a grant to build a music studio. He volunteered his time to get the studio up-and-running and students now have an incredible place to compose and record music.

Vasag Sherbetdjian, a dedicated PE teacher at PUC Community Charter Middle School. He is a student-centered leader with high standards for his students and team members. He goes above and beyond his position and is always the students’ biggest cheerleader.

Joye Roberts, an enthusiastic 6th grade teacher at ICEF View Park Preparatory Middle School. Ms. Roberts continuously finds innovative ways to teach her students how they can impact the community. She is a leader among teachers and is known for her commitment to her students.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on November 17th, 2019 vs. the Atlanta Hawks. 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 administrators, principals and teachers of each school based on exemplary teaching efforts, academic achievement or extracurricular activities.

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