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September 7, 2010 > Special Life Events: Hero Award recipients 2010

Special Life Events: 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.

Vic Serrano - Retired Teacher
Nominated by Principal Madeline Jay, Tennyson High School
Before he retired earlier this year, Vic supported all staff at Tennyson. He spent long hours patiently teaching staff members how to access our computers efficiently, fixing them when needed, supporting our comfort with technology in every way. Guess what? He still does that... only now without pay! He is at Tennyson several days a week helping staff focus on our students by keeping our technology running smoothly. He is a remarkably generous man, who provides these quiet, behind-the-scenes services simply because he loves our students and wants their teachers to be empowered and focused. He is a hero to many!

Winifred Susan Thompson
Nominated by Principal Ana W. Solomon, Hayward Adult School
Winnie and her husband Gerry have been tireless in their efforts to help students and the community. She has motivated and inspired students in the Adult Basic Education and GED Preparation departments since 1992. The success her students have attained in earning a GED certificate and their contributions to an outstanding publication, "My Name is America-A Collection of Life Stories," attest to her remarkable ability to bring out the best in her students. She has been a strong advocate for the betterment of the city, the county and Hayward Adult School by being devoted to her teaching, her Community Access Cable Show, ("The Best Kept Secret") and her service as President and Board Member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as the Hayward Literacy Plus Program and the Hayward Art Council, and many other organizations. She has received grants from HEF and the California Council of Adult Education and been recognized with awards that include the John Pappas Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Lions Club Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. Most recently, she has devoted her energies to the Sustain Adult Education Committee during the current crisis for Adult Education in California. Winnie is a model of service, dedication and commitment to making the world a better place.

EJ Huntzinger
Nominated by Asst Principal Rebecca Schultz, Helen Turner Children's Center
EJ is a dedicated teacher who goes the extra mile for students, the staff and parents at the Children's Center.

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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