Marlton teacher Carol Billone spearheaded transformation of Deaf education

Marlton teacher Carol Billone spearheaded transformation of Deaf education

Marlton School is mourning the loss of one of its most revered teachers, Carol Billone, who in 1968 became the first Deaf teacher to be hired by L.A. Unified. Billone died of cancer on Oct. 31. She was 74. Having moved to Los Angeles with her family at age 3 and then...
Short Avenue Elementary wins $10,000 library makeover as winner of Summer Reading Challenge

Short Avenue Elementary wins $10,000 library makeover as winner of Summer Reading Challenge

Standing on its end, the ceremonial check for $10,000 made out to Short Avenue Elementary School stands as tall as 5-year-old Luna Vargas. Thanks to the outsize accomplishment by the pint-size youngster – who with her parents read more than 100 minutes a week as part...
Students get a move-on during Walk to School Day

Students get a move-on during Walk to School Day

Above, clockwise from left, Board Member Kelly Gonez at Panorama City Elementary; Mayor Eric Garcetti at Magnolia Elementary; students from Holmes Middle School; Board Member Nick Melvoin at Mark Twain Middle School; and kids at the Judith F. Baca Arts Academy. They...
Dual language programs added to ‘Choices’ brochure as Unified Enrollment begins

Dual language programs added to ‘Choices’ brochure as Unified Enrollment begins

Above, Teacher Karina Hung leads a Mandarin class at Braddock Drive Elementary School. Dual language programs are now included in the new Unified Enrollment system. L.A. Unified is launching the first phase of its highly anticipated Unified Enrollment system,...
Profile of an educator: Brenda Pensamiento, learning to dream one mile at a time

Profile of an educator: Brenda Pensamiento, learning to dream one mile at a time

Above, Hamilton High principal Brenda Pensamiento, walks the halls with leadership student Usbaldo Ramirez-Perez. Not long after her third child was born, Hamilton Senior High School principal Brenda Pensamiento recalls running her first marathon. “Before that I was...