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 Biliteracy Celebration Honors Local Educators, Volunteers

​Educators and parents involved with biliteracy programs from 17 school districts throughout the county will receive awards Thursday as part of the San Diego County Office of Education’s 15th Annual Biliteracy Symposium.

The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. May 23 at the San Diego Marriot in La Jolla. More than 300 parents, teachers, administrators and school board members are expected to attend.

“The purpose of the awards program is to promote biliteracy as an educational asset and celebrate our achievements,” explained Monica Nava, a senior director at the San Diego County Office of Education. “Biliteracy means a student has access to a rigorous curriculum that results in proficiency in two languages.”

A special “Bea Gonzales Leadership in Biliteracy” award will be presented to Chula Vista Elementary School District In recognition of the district´s leadership and commitment to the development of dual-language programs.

The 34 educators who will be honored:
• Pablo Maganda, a parent at Live Oak elementary School in the Fallbrook Union School District;
• Nilda Natanauan, an assistant at Morse High School in the San Diego Unified School District;
• Mary Waldron, a director in San Diego Unified School District’s Office of Language Acquisition;
• Myrna Hernandez, a community liaison for the Learning Center in the Vista Unified School District;
• Susy Aguirre, a community liaison for Rancho Minerva Middle School in the Vista Unified School District;
• Laura DuPre, a teacher at Fallbrook Street School in the Fallbrook Union School District;
• Susie Castillo, a teacher at Paul Ecke Central School in Encinitas Union School District;
• Robert Williams, a teacher at Capri Elementary School in the Encinitas Union School District;
• Isabel Pizá, a parent educator with Chula the Vista Elementary School District;
• Erin Flesher, a teacher at Valley Center Middle School in the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District;
• Cecilia Ochoa, a teacher at Riverview Elementary in the Lakeside Union School District;
• Jon Petersen, principal at Valley Center Middle School in the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District;
• Shirley Kinney, a teacher at Sunset Elementary School in the San Ysidro School District;
• Eliud Lagarda, a teacher at Vista Del Mar School in the San Ysidro School District;
• Noemi Salcedo, a teacher at Imperial Beach Charter School in the South Bay Union School District;
• Susy Chavez, a teacher at Imperial Beach Charter School in the South Bay Union School District;
• Lupita Castillo, a teacher at Kimball Elementary School in the National School District;
• Lucia Ortiz, a teacher at Palmer Way Elementary School in the National School District;
• Isela Martinez, a parent educator in the Chula Vista Elementary School District;
• Bertha Magana, an instructional assistant at Escondido High School in the Escondido Union High School District;
• Douglas Paulson, a teacher at Orange Glen High School in the Escondido Union High School District;
• Mayra Vasquez, a counselor at Montecito High School in the Ramona Unified School District;
• Maria Aguilar-Manhoff, a speech assistant at Ramona Elementary School;
• Joann Phillips, a teacher at Grossmont High School in the Grossmont Union High School District;
• Maysoon Alkhouri, a translator and interpreter for the Grossmont Union High Schol District;
• Silvia Cardona, a parent support employee at Sweetwater High School in the Sweetwater Union High School District;
• Julia Mendoza, a DELAC secretary at Hilltop Middle School in the Sweetwater Union High School District;
• Eva Gonzalez, a bilingual assistant at Hill Creek School in the Santee School District;
• Lily Kumke, a bilingual assistant at Rio Seco Elementary School in the Santee School District;
• Jose Luis Romero, DELAC president in the Sweetwater Union High School District;
• Dana Stevenson, principal at Magnolia Elementary School in the Cajon Valley Union School District;
• Miguel Gavillan, English learner department secretary for the Cajon Valley Union School District;
• Marta Rico, a parent-involvement assistant at Lemon Crest Elementary School in the Lakeside Union School District;
• Lorena Enriquez, a teacher at Potrero Elementary School in the Mountain Empire Unified School District.

Corporate sponsors for the event include Benchmark Education, Curriculum Associates, EdCaliber, HMH School Publishers, Imagine Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Mission Federal Credit Union, National Geographic-Cengage and Renaissance Learning.