El Monte High School Teacher Honored by emCLP

By Anne Donofrio-Holter
May 8, 2013 • 945 views

El Monte

In recognition of more than 15 years of service to the community, El Monte High School math and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher Sonia Lamas was awarded a Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award at the El Monte Coalition of Latino Professionals (emCLP) 9th annual Tamalada scholarship dinner.

Lamas, an El Monte High School graduate, has served as department chair for eight years and as a content specialist.  She has dedicated five years to tutoring students for the Academic Decathlon, offered free afterschool tutoring and organized a Christmas basket donation program.

“These contributions only scratch the surface as to what she has contributed to the City of El Monte,” said one emCLP member.  “Her heart, soul and normative beliefs are deeply rooted in El Monte and her children attend the education system that she so passionately believes in.”

“Ms. Lamas has always gone above and beyond to support the students of El Monte High School,” said Principal Keith Richardson.  “This is a well deserved honor.”

In addition to Lamas, three others were also recognized at this year’s dinner.

Mountain View High School students Elizabeth Avila, Abhigya Ghimire, Hannah Luong, Jessica Magana, Anna Nguyen, Alexis Pineda, Cecilia Reveles, Stephanie Rivera, Emily To, Laura To, Cong Zhao, Esther Alvarado, Cynthia Cajero, Justine Hernandez, Valerie Marin and Sergio Morelos help set up and serve dinner to guests at this year’s dinner.  Guests complimented the students on their service and attentiveness.

emCLP is a “community organization comprised of childhood friends and colleagues committed to fostering educational opportunities for young people and encouraging civic participation.”

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