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.
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.