1997 Distinguished Educators Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/23/97

CONTACT: Margie Yu
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

Dan Isaacs and Lupe Reyes to be Honored at
the Cal State L.A. Distinguished Educators Award Dinner

Los Angeles, California -- October 23, 1997 -- On Thursday, November 6, 1997, the Friends of the Charter School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles will honor Dan Isaacs and Lupe Reyes at the eighth annual Distinguished Educators Award Dinner. The distinguished awards are presented annually to recognize leaders in the field of education whose lives and careers have made a difference for students in the public schools. The event, to be held at the Almansor Court Restaurant in Alhambra, will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6 p.m.

Dan Isaacs is the assistant superintendent of School Operations for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's largest public school adult education system. Isaacs, who has been committed to the field of education for more than 35 years, has served as an assistant superintendent in the Senior High School Divisions and the Office of Special Projects/Reconfiguration for LAUSD. He has also been a principal for Grant High School, an assistant principal for North Hollywood and Madison High Schools, and an acting vice principal for San Fernando High School.

Isaacs received his bachelor's degree in history from UCLA and master's degree in education from CSU Northridge. In addition, he holds a California General Secondary Teaching Credential and a California Administrative Credential (K-12). Isaacs was the recipient of the 1994 Los NiƱos Heroes Award, the 1994 Association of Jewish Educators' Outstanding Educator Award, and the 1986 Council of Black Administrators Educational Leadership Award. He is currently a member of the board of trustees and governance committee of the Los Angeles Alliance for Restructuring Now (LEARN).

Lupe Reyes has served as director of operations for the division of adult and career education for the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1988. As director of operations, she manages school programs that serve over 600,000 adult and youth annually.

Reyes began her career in adult education in 1969 as a temporary, part-time adult education teacher. She later developed a tutorial program that allowed adults to act as tutors for the neighboring elementary schools. This program provides children with individual tutors and provides adult students the opportunity to gain confidence and proficiency in their new language. Among her many honors, Reyes was the first Hispanic woman assigned to the position of director of operations, the first woman assigned as principal of an occupational center, and the first Hispanic woman assigned as a principal for a community adult school. In 1994, she received the E. Manfred Evans Award for exemplary service to adult education. Reyes' professional involvement includes such organizations as Council of Mexican American Administrators; YWCA-Los Angeles Board of Directors; UCLA Adult Education Advisory Council; and Teacher Credentialing Commission.

The Friends of the Charter School of Education is a support group of alumni, educators and community members whose principal objectives are to give scholarship assistance to men and women enrolled in the University's Charter School of Education and to support other activities of the School. These scholarships assist future educators who will be teaching and providing educational opportunities for children.

For an invitation or information regarding the Distinguished Educators Award Dinner, call the Cal State L.A. Charter School of Education Development Office at (323) 343-4446.

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