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July 27, 2010 > Hayward Hero Award recipients 2010

Hayward Hero Award recipients 2010

Submitted By Hayward Education Foundation

This year, Hayward Education Foundation (HEF) chose to recognize and honor individuals, organizations and businesses that made selfless and significant contributions to the improvement of education in Hayward schools.

All nominations were submitted by school principals and approved by the HEF Board of Directors. We are truly fortunate to have such outstanding individuals and organizations serving our students.

Jo Ellen Anderson - Teacher
Nominated by Principal Sandra Escobedo, Burbank Elementary School

Ms. Anderson is deeply committed to promoting and instilling a love of reading in our students. Her work as our bilingual reading specialist involves development and implementation of reading assessments, ensuring all students have the appropriate materials for their reading levels and providing professional development on reading and English Language Development for our teachers at school and district levels. She organizes extra reading events such as the Book Fair, a Dr. Seuss Reading Celebration and our No Name Calling Week. Jo Ellen Anderson executes her accomplishments in a very thorough, loving and accepting manner.

Mike Barrata and Ingrid Moller - Cherryland Community Association
Nominated by Principal Wendy Ponder and Asst. Principal Karen McKeown, Cherryland Elementary School

When the Cherryland Community Association noticed the front of our school was barren last year, they offered to help remedy the situation. Ingrid Moller and Mike Barrata produced a landscape design, negotiated discounts from a nursery and helped bed the plants that now make our school look beautiful. They even watered and weeded during the summer. This project helped make our school look as wonderful on the outside as the children are on the inside and has instilled our students and parents with a sense of pride in their school.

Betty Louie - Office Manager
Nominated by Principal Mitch Barlas, East Avenue Elementary School

Ms. Louie has been a pillar of the East Avenue Community for more than a decade. She is office manager, secretary, nurse, counselor, parent coordinator, "police officer," motivator, coach and, above all, a true friend to students, teachers, parents and administrators. Betty Louie consistently goes above and beyond what is asked of her.

Jennifer Garcia - Parent Volunteer
Nominated by Principal Gary Dobbs, Eden Gardens Elementary School

Jennifer selflessly spends countless hours at school helping in her child's classroom, the office and anywhere else she is needed. The office staff relies on her to assemble Kindergarten packets, Beginning of the Year packets and various other tasks. She facilitates our gardening grant, serves as Assistant Treasurer of PTA, is a member of our School Site Council and helps with fundraisers. She is an invaluable asset to our school

Sandra Morales - Teacher
Nominated by Principal Michelle Perez, Eldridge Elementary School

Ms. Morales, a Home Economics teacher in her native Guatemala, came to the U.S. about 14 years ago. So much of my success as a principal is because of Ms. Morales' dedication to bringing in and involving the families and school community. She spends countless hours helping families bridge the gap between school and home and always considers ways to draw families into the school and so they are involved in their children's education.

Sheree Conway - Parent Volunteer
Nominated by Principal Kris Martin-Meyer, Fairview Elementary School

Sheree Conway has an interest in Fairview as a school and the success of our students. She wants to improve the perception of the school and increase student performance. Ms Conway volunteers to support parents by educating them as well as their students.

For more information about the non-profit Hayward Education Foundation or to make a donation, visit, call (510) 881-0890 or email

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