Phs Teacher Earns Prestigious Award

Since 1998, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) has recognized talented educators in the Maricopa County area.For the first time, CPLC expanded the Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards statewide and Payson’s own Richard Alvarez, teacher at Payson High School, has been selected as an extraordinary educator. Celebrating Richard Alverez award are several students in his class, from left to right are; Taylor North, Brianda Sanchez, Jacob Jurek, in front, Zach Martin, Quinton Wells, Mike Marigliano and Dylan Richardson.

Since 1998, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) has recognized talented educators in the Maricopa County area.For the first time, CPLC expanded the Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards statewide and Payson’s own Richard Alvarez, teacher at Payson High School, has been selected as an extraordinary educator. Celebrating Richard Alverez award are several students in his class, from left to right are; Taylor North, Brianda Sanchez, Jacob Jurek, in front, Zach Martin, Quinton Wells, Mike Marigliano and Dylan Richardson. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Since 1998, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) has recognized talented educators in the Maricopa County area. For the first time, CPLC has expanded the Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards statewide and Payson High School's Richard Alvarez has been selected as an extraordinary educator.

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Helping Ashley Tilden as she prepares to cut a board, Richard Alverez explains a few important safety features when operating power equipment.

Alvarez, along with three other educators from around the state, will be recognized Oct. 20 at the 13th Annual Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards Ceremony, presented by SRP and Cox Communications, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

This event is the only awards program in Arizona that specifically recognizes Latino teachers.

Other recipients of the 2011 Esperanza Latino Teacher Award include Juan Carbajal of Rosemarie Rivera Elementary School Tucson, Sofía P. Gámez of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Elementary School in Nogales and Irma Regalado of Peoria High School in Peoria.

“This is certainly an important milestone on our quest to bring the well-deserved recognition to the work of Latino teachers in Arizona,” said Edmundo Hidalgo, president and CEO of CPLC. “After 13 years, we are proud to have the opportunity to honor excellent educators who serve communities throughout Arizona.”

With sponsor support, CPLC will award each teacher a stipend and their school a $2,500 donation. In addition, each teacher will receive a 50 percent scholarship towards a masters or doctoral program at Argosy University.

Throughout the history of the awards program, CPLC has recognized more than 95 outstanding Latino educators that go the extra mile to make a difference, not only in their classrooms, but also within the communities they serve.

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