Distinguished Educators

 Nov. 14, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
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For immediate release:
2005 Distinguished Educators
to be Honored at Cal State L.A.’s
Award Dinner on Fri., Nov. 18

Los Angeles, CA -- On Friday, November 18, the Friends of the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, will honor Cal State L.A. alumni Julie Hadden, John Liechty and Darline Robles at the 16th annual Distinguished Educator Award Dinner. The prestigious awards are presented annually to recognize leaders in the field of education whose lives and careers have made a difference for students. The event, to be held at the Golden Eagle Ballroom on the Cal State L.A. campus, will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6 p.m.

Julie R. Hadden, Superintendent, Alhambra Unified School District: Julie Hadden has been superintendent of the Alhambra Unified School District since September 2003, having served the District since 1985 when she began her administrative career as dean of students at Mark Keppel High School. Through her leadership, all 13 of the District’s elementary schools and two of its three high schools have either received or been eligible to apply for the California Distinguished Schools Award.

John Liechty, Associate Superintendent, Beyond the Bell, Los Angeles Unified School District: John Liechty is associate superintendent for the Extended Day Programs, a comprehensive effort of the Los Angeles Unified School District. He created Beyond the Bell, a $250 million-per-year coalition to provide academic interventions, before- and after-school programs, and a summer school/intersession plan. Beyond the Bell has become a nationally-recognized model for Extended Day Programs.

Darline P. Robles ('72, BA), County Superintendent of Schools, Los Angeles County Office of Education: Robles was appointed county superintendent of schools by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in June 2002. She leads the nation’s largest regional education service agency, serving 80 K-12 school districts with 1.7 million students. In 2005, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa selected Robles to chair his Council of Education Advisors.

In addition, a Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Gary Kranz, Portraits by Kranz, Inc., and a Faculty Service Award will be presented to Gay Q. Yuen, professor of curriculum and instruction at Cal State L.A., serving on the Mayor’s Council of Education Advisors.

For more information regarding the Distinguished Educator Award Dinner, call the Cal State L.A. Charter College of Education Development Office at (323) 343-4446.

The Friends of the Charter College of Education at Cal State L.A. is a support group of alumni, educators and community members whose principal objectives are to give scholarship assistance to students enrolled in the University’s Charter College of Education traditional teacher preparation programs and to support other activities of the College. These scholarships assist future educators who will be teaching and providing educational opportunities for children. All proceeds from the Award Dinner will support the Friends’ Scholarship Endowment and Faculty Development funds.

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 185,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu


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