Two Huntington Beach High School educators were honored for their work empowering Latino parents to get involved in their children's educations.
Roxanna Jimenez, a bilingual parent liaison, and Kimberly McGlaughlin, an English teacher, were awarded the Community Leader Award by Orange County Human Relations, a nonprofit county agency working to end intolerance and discrimination, at the 39th annual Human Relations Gala Celebration at the Grove of Anaheim on May 6.
The two were honored for their work with the Parent Latino Initiative, a group they started three years ago. The program started as a way to teach Latino parents new to the country or the school system about how to make their children more successful.
"We can all step back and complain about Latino residents ... or we can work with them to educate them," Jimenez said.
Jimenez, a native Spanish speaker, said she used to call parents all the time, always explaining the same problem to them, but it wasn't helping.