Cheers West Edition


Pamela Richardson, a welding instructor at Compton College, has been honored as Teacher of the Year worldwide by the American Welding Society.

Richardson started welding in 1992 after being overcharged by an auto mechanic when her car broke down. She decided to take some classes so she wouldn’t be taken advantage of again, and in 1994 became a certified welder.

She became the first African-American woman to teach full time for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Richardson received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree from National University.

Ayanna Adams

Los Angeles high school students Ayanna Adams, Omarri Beck, Ava Marie Easter and Sheila Milon were selected from among thousands of applicants all over the country to participate in the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine.

Omarri Beck

The teenagers were selected for a four-day mentoring program at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The students, as well as a parent or guardian, were given an all-expenses-paid trip to be part of the program, which consisted of career-oriented workshops and leadership seminars earlier this month.

Ava Marie Easter

Only 100 students from throughout the country were selected for the program.

Sheila Milon

Adams and Easter were told of their selection for the program on “Good Morning America” in January.


Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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