Maria Flores

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Maria Flores, second from the right, was honored by LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia, center

Mother’s Day this year came early for one of Families That Can’s faithful charter school parents, Maria Flores. In May 2012, she was honored as a “Madre Campeona” (Champion Mother) by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board president Monica Garcia at the 3rd Annual Guillermina Awards. This ceremony honors amazing women in Los Angeles that inspire, support and educate our communities. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at El Mercadito De Los Angeles.

Maria Flores was born in Mexico City. With the support of her family she was able to complete two years of higher education in Business Administration with a focus on Tourism up until she immigrated to the United States in 1989. She is a proud parent of three boys; her youngest son is a third grader who attends Camino Nuevo Harvard, her 15-year-old son is a tenth grader at Camino Nuevo High School, and her oldest son, 19, is her family’s new pride and joy - the first member of their family to be accepted to a university. He is currently in his second year at New Mexico State University.

Maria is a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child, and that is why she is always volunteering in her children’s schools. She volunteers countless hours in the school library, classrooms, cafeteria and wherever else needed on campus. Maria became an engaged member of Families That Can through her active volunteer role at Harvard Elementary. Maria has been a champion in educating family, friends, community stakeholders and key legislative members that the key focus should be on our children’s future. She has rallied all the way to Sacramento to advocate for all our children who cannot vote, for all the parents who cannot vote and for all those parents that have to work countless hours to support their families. She is a true “Madre Campeona!”