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Expanded learning recognition for awardees from the annual Lights on Celebration.

Lights On Afterschool

The Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the after school movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

During Lights On, the Expanded Learning Division recognizes members of the field for their contributions to expanded learning programs across California. The awards are divided into two areas. The 2023 Expanded Learning Leaderships Awards recipients are as follows:

Innovative Leadership Award

  • Olivia Kernen, Humboldt County Office of Education
  • Julie Jarrett, Butte County Office of Education
  • Rahele Atabaki, Washington Unified School District
  • Michael Taylor, San Rafael City School District
  • America Aguirre Gomez, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
  • Richelle Dials, Tem Charter
  • Marie Pinto, ProYouth
  • Jamie Cherry, Richland School District
  • Michael Trull, Westmorland Union Elementary School
  • Crystal-Jo Blanchard, Boys & Girls Club of Westminster
  • Lillian Perez, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District
  • Carmen Phillips, Alvord Unified School District
  • Ana Parada, Pathways to College K-8
  • Jane D'Anna, Lancaster School District

Emerging Leadership Award

  • Patricia Hernandez, Central Unified School District

Previous Awardees

For additional resources, please visit the Expanded Learning Division Resources web page.

Questions:   Expanded Learning Division | | 916-319-0923
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 14, 2023
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