Leticia Urias, a Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) in the Mountain View School District was honored with the Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award at the El Monte Promise Foundation’s 18th Annual Tamalada held on December 9. The Esperanza Award commemorates the life and legacy of Roberto “Bobby” Salcedo, a respected teacher and administrator and acknowledges outstanding educators for their hard work and dedication to the students they serve, as well as their commitment and contribution to the advancement of their schools, students or educational community.
Urias grew up in El Monte and is a proud product of the Mountain View School District and El Monte Union High School District. She is honored to give back to the community that shaped her and has dedicated the past 25 years to the students and families in MVSD as a classroom teacher and TOSA. Throughout her career she has been a strong advocate of bilingual education and has demonstrated unending passion and expertise in her work with students, parents, colleagues and the community.
While accepting her award, Urias thanked the Salcedo family for making such a tremendous impact on the community and school districts. She accepted the award in the name of three groups, the Mountain View Teachers Association (MVTA), her own educators from kindergarten through graduate school who pushed her to excel and believe in herself, and her family for the values she was taught and their unending support.
“Ms. Urias has always been willing to jump in and support teachers with demonstrations or lending an open ear to providing a sounding board for ideas for both languages,” said Mary Aguayo, fellow teacher who nominated the honoree. “Her tireless effort and commitment to our students, teachers and families are commendable and she is very deserving of the Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award.”
Menudo Breakfast A Success
Mountain View School District’s Menudo Breakfast returned this year with a drive-thru format at Twin Lakes School. MVSD’s hard-working food service team prepared over “to go” containers of the delicious menudo, which received rave reviews.
The event, an annual fund-raiser for the schools and holiday kick-off celebration for the community, succeeded in providing a festive and joyous holiday atmosphere, even in its modified drive-thru format. Cars lined up at Twin Lakes to pick up their menudo and were welcomed with beautiful holiday signs and greetings from the District’s eight schools.
A highlight of the annual event is the bicycle raffle which was held virtually this year using the Zoom platform. Thirty bicycles and helmets were raffled off thanks to the generous donations of staff members at each school site, as well as the Mountain View Teachers Association and Classified School Employees Association.
The District is hopeful next year’s Menudo Breakfast can be back in person, but it is grateful for all the support given to the drive-thru event this year!