Cheers West Edition


Wave Staff Report

Compton College first-year head football coach Albert Dorsey has been named the 2018 American Metro League Coach of the Year. Dorsey previously served as the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator for the Tartars in 2016 and 2017.

Prior to joining Compton College, Dorsey coached at the high school level after a four-year stint as administrative assistant for the football program at USC under then-head coach Pete Carroll. During his time with the Trojans, he helped with both the offensive and defensive lined and helped guide the team to three Rose Bowl appearances.

Carmen and Lucero Noyola

USC students and twin sisters Lucero Noyola and Carmen Noyola have been successful in their attempts to advocate for new legislation and a California state budget item that will extend the age of foster youth eligible for the Chafee Grant.

The Chafee grant is the only source of financial aid dedicated solely to foster youth and those who have aged out of the child welfare system. It provides up to $5,000 to help former foster youth afford books, transportation, child care and other expenses that aren’t covered by scholarships or financial aid.

The Noyola sisters testified in Sacramento on their personal experience in foster care and helped create briefing materials and fact sheets for Kirk and Jesse Aguiar, director of Journey House’s Beyond Foster Care program, to use in their work with legislators.

Martha Garibay

Fifty-Second Street Elementary School teacher Martha Garibay was recently honored with the first-ever National University System-Sanford Teacher Award. Garibay was one of 51 teachers around the country — representing each state and the District of Columbia — to receive the award.

The teachers each receive $10,000 for demonstrating their commitment to creating inspirational and harmonious classrooms that support student development and achievement. Each recipient qualifies for a chance to be recognized as the national winner of the Sanford Teacher Award, which will be named in early 2019.

Garibay was selected by a committee of educators through an application process that included nominations and information on her enthusiasm for teaching; her empathy and warmth towards her students; her ability to foster positive relationships with her students; her ability to create a positive learning environment; and her ability to recognize her student’s strengths.

Compiled by Angela Parker.

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