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August 17, 2010 > Hero Award recipients 2010

Hero Award recipients 2010

Submitted By Hayward Education Foundation

This year, 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 the 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.

Ilsa Alvarado - PTO President
Nominated by Ruben H. Pulido, Glassbrook Elementary School
I met Mrs. Isla Alvarado on my first day as the new principal at Glassbrook School. Within half an hour, I knew my agenda. Mrs. Alvarado proceeded to outline recommendations for improving student academic performance and parent involvement. As the Parent Teacher Organization President, she has become a leader, a role model, an advocate and a cheerleader for all the activities planned and implemented at our school. Areas in which she has been instrumental include CBET Adult classes, Nutrition Training for parents, Garden/Life Lab training, Parent Involvement Plan, Parent Center establishment and Leadership Training.

Antonio Cervantez - Teacher
Nominated by Principal Ruben H.Pulido, Glassbrook Elementary School
Mr. Cervantez is a kindergarten teacher who is instrumental in supporting parental inclusion and involvement. He joined parents to participate in a Parent Leadership Plan Training Program. He became a trainer of trainers and has helped parents gain insight and skills while training other parents to advocate on their children's behalf. He is accessible to parents and utilizes his weekends to support all activities involving parents and continues Parent Leadership training. He is a team player, supportive of all school-wide activities. Mr. Cervantez is my "Teacher in Charge" and ensures a well-organized and well-monitored campus in my absence.

Barbara Kotalampi - Parent Volunteer
Nominated by Principal Richard Aguirre, Harder Elementary School
Ms. Kotalampi is a parent at Harder with a son in the 5th grade. Daily, she volunteers passionately in a kindergarten class throughout the week. She is dedicated to helping Mrs. Lloyd with her students and other classroom needs. Kindergarten is the foundation for learning the basics and Ms. Kotalampi is always there to ensure students in room 1 receive all the support they need. We appreciate her involvement and dedication to our school.

Jenny Zegarra - Parent Volunteer
Nominated by Principal Susan L. Dondio-Hernandez, Longwood Elementary School
Jenny Zegarra is an unsung hero at Longwood. She works tirelessly and humbly behind the scenes to make the world a better place for the children, including those with special needs, and their parents. She dedicates countless hours in meetings, workshops, seminars and as a volunteer in our Parent Center as well as the Longwood community. She is a leader who reaches out to all families and brings everyone together to improve the entire school community. She has served on many committees and organized parent-empowerment programs at our school. She is well respected and the voice of our community.

Lorin Eden P.T.A.
Nominated by Principal Kim Watts, Lorin Eden School
During the 2009-10 school year, the Lorin Eden P.T.A. rose above difficult circumstances to continue support of all academic programs at our school. Their teamwork and dedication to enhance student learning at Lorin Eden has been tireless and persevering. This team of volunteers deserves much thanks and gratitude.

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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