Chicanos Por La Causa

Chicanos Por La Causa Awards $30,000 to Four Outstanding Latino Teachers and Their Schools

10th Oct 2019

The 2019 Esperanza Latino Teacher Award honorees, from communities throughout Arizona, exemplify resiliency and academic excellence. Despite having faced domestic violence, extreme poverty, separation of families due to immigration policies, and cancer treatment, each of these teachers have devoted themselves to positively impact the lives of students of all backgrounds and empower their communities. These struggles have not defined them but fueled self-sufficiency and a greater understanding of education as an economic equalizer.

Ana Rosa Abbot

After careful deliberation from an independent committee, Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) is honored to announce that Daniel, Cecelia, Reyna, and Ana Rosa are this year’s CPLC Esperanza Latino Teacher Award recipients.   

  • Daniel Garcia, Villago Middle School -  Casa Grande
  • Cecelia Padilla, Cragin Elementary School - Tucson
  • Reyna Damian, Irene Lopez Elementary School - Phoenix
  • Ana Rosa Duarte Fajardo Abbott, Santan Junior High - Chandler

The winners were selected after thorough review of nominations received from schools throughout Arizona. The independent committee consists of volunteers from other nonprofit organizations, school administrators, past honorees, representatives from the business community, and members of the CPLC Board of Directors. Each honoree will receive a $5,000 cash award and a stipend of $2,500 to their respective schools.

Cecelia Padilla

CPLC is excited to invite everyone to join us this year to honor these outstanding teachers that inspire and shape the next generation of Arizonans. The awards ceremony is FREE and open to the public. Come join us to celebrate our teachers on Wednesday, October 23 from 7pm to 9pm at ASU Gammage Auditorium!

Daniel Garcia

The 21st Annual Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards ceremony is presented by Cox Communications and SRP in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

Reyna Damian

The Esperanza Awards continues to be the only awards program in Arizona that specifically recognizes Latino teachers who are nominated by their peers. For the past 21 years, CPLC has recognized more than 100 outstanding Latino educators who continue to inspire future generations and positively impact communities in Arizona.

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