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The 2014 Scholarship sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt was awarded at the ALAS Banquet on Friday, October 17, 2014. The $10,000 winner was Patricia Hurrieta, Director of Teaching and Learning for English Language Development at Adams County School District 14 in Commerce City, Colorado.  Ms. Hurrieta oversees the District’s initial work supporting emerging bilingual students with tailored, native-language instructional strategies. Previously, she spent eight years as principal at Godsman Elementary School and two years as an assistant principal at Lake Middle School in Denver Public Schools.

Fluent in both English and Spanish, and growing up bilingual, Patricia has always been passionate about education, and has spent time in a variety of school-level roles. Her past experiences have certainly exemplified what it means to work your way to the top. As a high school student, Patricia worked as a part-time custodian at her middle school, and she went on to work as a paraprofessional at Bryan-Webster Elementary while she was in college prior to earning her teaching license.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in behavioral science with minors in elementary and bilingual, multicultural education, as well as a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction. She is completing a Doctorate in Education in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Denver.

This year a second scholarship for $2,000 was awarded to Jesus Corral, Senior Director of Education Services for the Los Angeles County Probation Department.  Originally from Durango, Mexico, Mr. Corral has more than 22 years of experience in the field of correctional education. He has worked at two of the three juvenile halls in Los Angeles County, as well as the largest probation camp facility in the county, Challenger Memorial Youth Center. In his current position, Mr. Corral serves as chief liaison with the Los Angeles County Office of Education in implementing comprehensive educational reform in the juvenile camps and halls. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Public Administration. He is currently in his second year of study in the Educational Doctorate program at the University of Southern California.

Information about the 2015 ALAS Scholarship will be posted in mid 2015.

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