by Anne Donofrio-Holter
June 19, 2014 • 450 views
El Monte Union High School District
Every Student, Every Minute, Every Day
South El Monte High Assistant Principal Named a Distinguished Woman of the Year
by Anne Donofrio-Holter
Olga Lopez, South El Monte High School assistant principal, has been named a 57th Assembly District 2014 Distinguished Woman of the Year by Assemblymember Ian Calderon.
In honor of Women’s History Month, each year Assemblymember Calderon honors distinguished women who have made a difference in the community.
“I was surprised and humbled to be chosen to receive this award,” said Lopez. “There are many wonderful and hard working women in our community who deserve this award. They serve as an inspiration for me to keep on working to improve the lives of our students and community members.”
Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Lopez immigrated with her family to the United States when she was eight years old. A graduate of East Los Angeles College and Azusa Pacific University, Lopez holds credentials in teaching, counseling, and administration, as well as a Master of Education degree from Point Loma Nazarene University.
Beginning her career as an instructional aide in the Migrant Education Program, during her tenure with the El Monte Union High School District, Lopez has also served as a teacher and dropout prevention counselor. She is president of the South El Monte High School PTSA, a volunteer with the San Gabriel Boys and Girls Club and donates time to other civic organizations and projects.
“I strive to make a positive difference in the lives of others on a daily basis,” said Lopez. “I have been blessed to have been mentored by great women such as my mother and women educators. Because of these women, I feel that it is now my duty and responsibility to pay it forward and hopefully inspire more women in our schools and community to work hard towards their goals and achieve their dreams.”
“Ms. Lopez is just one example of the outstanding educators in the El Monte Union High School District,” said Superintendent Nick Salerno. “We congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.”
“Each of the honorees serves as role models in their respective communities and has made the great State of California what it is today through her leadership, courage and tenacity,” stated Assemblymember Calderon. “I am proud and honored to have such exemplary women in my district.”