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17th Annual Tamalada

Every year in December, the El Monte Promise Foundation hosts the Annual Tamalada fundraising dinner as a way for community members to gather to celebrate the successes of the year and to honor outstanding accomplishments in the community with the Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award. The funds raised at this event go directly to support the EMPF Scholar Savings Program and operations. 

The Tamalada began in 2004 as a grassroots movement by the El Monte Coalition of Latino Professionals to fundraise for student scholarships. With the creation of the El Monte Promise Foundation in 2012, the event grew. It now brings together hundreds of community members, including leaders from state and local government, community and business organizations, and our educations partners from the local school districts and community college.  

This event provides a valuable opportunity for community members to show their support of the important work of the El Monte Promise Foundation as build cradle-to-college pathways in El Monte and the surrounding communities. 

Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award

The Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award is named after Roberto “Bobby” Salcedo, a respected El Monte Union educator who graduated from Mountain View High School in 1994, taught at South El Monte High School and served as an administrator at South El Monte, Mountain View and El Monte high schools. He served on the El Monte City School District Board of Education at the time of his untimely death in 2009.
Bobby Salcedo was born and raised in our community, and he played a vital role as a mentor for our students, and an inspiration for his colleagues.
The Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award is awarded to outstanding educators who exemplify Salcedo’s tireless commitment to education.

PAST RECIPIENTS

Rocio CentenoMountain View School District

Jose EspinozaEl Monte City School District

Tam Ly-WongEl Monte Union High School District

El Monte City School District
Mountain View School District
El Monte Union High School District
Rio Hondo College
California Community Foundation

Richard HansonEl Monte City School District
Priscilla FigueroaMountain View School District
Cesar CastellanosEl Monte Union High School District

Suzette JohnstonEl Monte City School District

George SchonbornMountain View School District

Patricia FilimauaEl Monte Union High School District

Keith V. Richardson — Lifetime Achievement Award

Estelle CharleboisEl Monte City School District

Mary AguayoMountain View School District

Geodi Sunabe-DavidsonEl Monte Union High School District

Nick Salerno —Lifetime Achievement Award

Pedro GalindoEl Monte City School District

Mario GonzalezMountain View School District

Erick EscamillaEl Monte Union High School District

Dr. Lillian Prince—Lifetime Achievement Award

Leticia ArreolaEl Monte City School District

Raymond Andry—Mountain View School District

Bernie ArteagaEl Monte Union High School District

Jeff SeymourLifetime Achievement Award

Indra ArellanoEl Monte City School District

Sonia LamasEl Monte Union High School District

Darren De KnikkerMountain View School District

John P. KovacTeacher,
El Monte Union High School District

Mary Morze-LeyvaTeacher, El Monte City School District

Terri ThomasMountain View School District

El Monte City School District
Mountain View School District
El Monte Union High School District
Rio Hondo College
California Community Foundation

Margina BergEl Monte Union High School District

Bea Barney (Posthumous Award)—El Monte City School District

Armene ChavdarianRetired Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, EMCSD

Kathy FurnaldRetired Superintendent, El Monte Union High School District

Mike FelixEl Monte Adult School Counselor

Ray O’NeilTeacher, El Monte High School

Mike RogelDirector, EMCSD Child Welfare & Attendance

Ken WeldonChief, El Monte Police Department

Lillian ReyExecutive Director, EM/SEM Emergency Resource Association

Jeff SeymourLifetime Achievement Award

Indra ArellanoEl Monte City School District

Sonia LamasEl Monte Union High School District

Darren De KnikkerMountain View School District

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