1997 Distinguished Educators Award


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
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

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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