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Kathleen A. Brown, a literacy specialist and Reading Recovery teacher leader, was recently elected to the Reading Recovery Council of North America’s Board of Directors. The Council provides a wide variety of programs and services, including publications, annual conferences, advocacy, technical assistance and special institutes.

High school seniors Andrew Guerra of Millikan, Jostin Villegas of Poly and Alexia Miller of Lakewood graduated with perfect attendance for kindergarten through grade 12.

Middle and high school students from the Migrant Education Program recently won a total of 11 tournament trophies at the Los Angeles County Office of Education Migrant Education Program Speech Tournament. The event was the LBUSD program’s first competitive tournament and the most wins for any school district in Los Angeles County this year. Speech coaches Oscar Herrera of Wilson High School and Michael Prado of Millikan High School helped the students to prepare for the tournament. The winning students include: 

Prepared Speech – first place, Fatima Guiterrez of Washington; Ariana Torres-Carbajal of Wilson. Second place, Anthony Magaña-Perez of Wilson; Evelin Ramirez of Wilson. Third place, Sabina Neri of CAMS; Melany Regalado of Wilson.

Extemporaneous Speech – second place, Sarahi Rodriguez of Poly; James Hernandez of Sato. Third place, Christopher Magaña-Perez of Nelson; Martin Frias of Lindsey; Alba Arbaiza of Poly.

Paul Romo, the career technical education department head at Avalon K-12 School, was recently honored with a proclamation from the Avalon City Council for his work in the hospitality and tourism industry. The award was presented by Love Catalina, formerly known as The Chamber. Romo said he was “honored to be recognized” and that “it’s just a great feeling knowing that I am making an impact within our community and students.”

Chief Business and Financial Officer Yumi Takahashi was honored recently with an Outstanding Women in Education Award by The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council.

Erin Simon, assistant superintendent for School Support Services, was recently acknowledged in the Association of California School Administrators weekly news publication, EdCal, for her testimony on behalf of students at two State Senate Budget Subcommittee meetings. She advocated for social emotional learning and mental health services for students.


READING RECOVERY – Kathleen A. Brown and Superintendent Jill A. Baker visit a classroom