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    Los Angeles Unified students, staff, parents and partners champion their communities every day. 

    This week we recognize Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor Dora Casillas for 18 years of dedicated service at Los Angeles Unified. Students and parents in Dora’s school community appreciate her support with academic, social-emotional and career development by improving student attendance and providing resources to help students succeed.

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  • Previous Champions

  • Instrument Repair Shop

  • Tony Au, Ritter Elementary Teacher

  • Linda Kim, Principal

  • Karen Ramirez, Student Board Member

  • Malea Emma, Mark Twain Student

  • Johnathan Franklin, LA Rams Leader

  • Felipe Arellano, SSA at Bravo Medical Magnet

  • Mauricio Salado, Miller CTC Student

  • Eliana Fire, Dodson Middle School Student

  • Johnathan Villeneuve, All City Jazz Band

  • Mia Young-Adeyeba, Instructional Coach

  • Meghann Seril, Broadway Elementary Teacher

  • Bridgette Donald-Blue, Coliseum Teacher

  • Jeanette Reyes, Ninth Street Principal

  • Jason Torres-Rangel, CA Teacher of the Year

  • Nate Shin, Student Board Member

  • Andrew Lewis, Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts

  • Jessica Bonilla, Roosevelt High School Teacher

  • Jillian Davenport, Hollenbeck Middle School Instructor

  • Terri Moore, Andasol Elementary Teacher

  • 2022-23 Champions

  • Tamara Conley, School Bus Driver of the Year

  • Claudia Toscano, San Pascual STEAM Magnet

  • Cynthia Ayala, Sylmar Student

  • Everett Martinez, Adult Education Alumnus

  • Joe Torres, King/Drew Football Coach

  • Yanxi Rodriguez, Reseda Charter HS Student

  • Nune Arakelyian, Mountain View Teacher

  • Emily Dietz, North Hollywood Student-Athlete

  • Yingyin Tan, Student and Cadet Colonel

  • Julio Cortez, Alumnus and AP Photographer

  • Genna Casillas, Overland Elementary Teacher

  • Rafael Rolon, Bus Driver Trainer

  • Van Huynh, East LA Skills Center Alumnus



  • Submit Your Story

    Do you know a champion in your school community? Los Angeles Unified is seeking your help to tell the stories of our extraordinary school community – whether they are students, employees, alumni or family members – who make us believe in the power of public education at Los Angeles Unified. They are LAUSD Champions!

    We would like to celebrate exceptional accomplishments. We want to highlight those in our school communities doing great work. We'd like to recognize the hard work and progress of teachers and students in the classroom. We want to spotlight employees who exhibit leadership, excellence, school and community engagement, as well as commitment to our students and school communities. We want to show how Los Angeles Unified is transforming communities one person at a time.

    Please complete this form to submit your story.