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Los Angeles Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic Honors unsung “Heroes in Education” of his South Los Angeles District

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Los Angeles Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic Honors unsung “Heroes in Education” of his South Los Angeles District

LOS ANGELES (May 23, 2019) — Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic honored parents, supporters and school employees Thursday night at the “Heroes in Education Awards,” recognizing their service to schools and students in his South Los Angeles district.

Photo of Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic The awards banquet, held at the Carson Events Center and hosted by Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, recognized “incredible people who do incredible things.”

Altogether, the unsung heroes who mentor and educate to extraordinary levels, numbered 180 people – or about one “hero” per school. Board District 7 stretches from just south of downtown Los Angeles to San Pedro, mostly along the 110 Freeway, including Watts, Harbor City and Wilmington.

“It has been my distinct honor to serve as the elected member for Board District 7 – and to continue my life’s work as an educator and to serve the people and the district I have given nearly my entire career in service,” Board Member Dr. Vladovic said.

“My entire adult life has been dedicated to the mission of improving the lives of our students. I have served as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and elected board member – all of these roles have been special to me – but all pale in comparison to the ability to recognize the people that help us make schools a central focus of good in our communities.

He added, “The awards ceremony this evening serves to give a collective ‘thank you’ for all that they have done to make a difference in the lives of young people.”

“Every day our school heroes roll up their sleeves and engage in the important work of helping our students reach their full potential,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner. “Dr. V, a hero in his own right, is driven by his passion for teaching and his belief in the power of education to change lives.”

Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, who represents the Carson area, received an award for making educational issues a priority among state lawmakers. 

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Education is the one asset nobody can ever take away from you. It provides the foundation for future success. I am glad to continue that promotion since my years as a Carson councilmember, and now as an Assemblymember.”

Local District South Superintendent Michael Romero was grateful for those doing extra to help Los Angeles Unified children. “I would like to thank all those receiving a ‘Heroes in Education’ award for giving their heart and soul to our youth every day,” he said. “Dr. Vladovic is always thinking about how he can recognize these unsung heroes for their selfless acts by cultivating this outstanding event that will be cherished for a lifetime.”

Having started in 2015, Thursday’s event marked the third “Heroes in Education” awards ceremony that Dr. Vladovic has held. 

"The individuals we recognize this evening compose the behind-the-curtain symphony – the music that supports and buoys us all,” said Dayna Wells, principal, Gulf Avenue STEAM School & Magnet. “It is important that we take the time to honor and congratulate our true educational heroes for the many ways their daily work makes our schools richer, deeper and greater."

Principal Karen Mercado of Wilmington STEAM Middle School agreed. “It is important to recognize these unsung heroes because they serve without asking for any accolades, and they do their jobs with pride.”

Mercado added, “Their passion for education is evident in their selfless acts. They are dedicated to their profession, put in countless hours, and always have a positive outlook. It is important that they know that their acts of service do not go unnoticed.”