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2015 Award Recipients 


Lifetime Achievement

Joyce Linden


Educator of the Year

Lisa Matson

Lisa Matson is making a difference in her school. She serves as Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist for children from infant through kindergarten. She works for Clovis Unified School District and partnered with the kindergarten teacher to provide full inclusion for their DHH kindergartners at Garfield Elementary School. Lisaís colleagues from Clovis Unified School district have said that she is a natural leader, her devotion to the students and families are unmatched and her can-do attitude is infectious. Lisa serves as the Infant/Toddler Itinerant Teacher completing home visits and running play groups for parents and toddlers. In addition, Lisa is the grade level chair, athletic director and the co-director of the Performing Arts Program.  Having Lisa in these positions has made a tremendous amount of difference for the D/HH students to be able to participate in many extra-curricular activities. Lisa is indeed making a difference on a daily basis for her students at Garfield Elementary School in Clovis, CA.


Parent of the Year

Angelica Gonzalez-Alvarez

Angie Gonzalez-Alvarez is the mother of four children, Amaris, Gabriel, Alexa, and Julian. Her oldest, fourteen year old Amaris is Deaf. Amaris is a very successful, confident, college-bound young lady. She is successful because her mother has been involved with her education from day one. Angie is warm and friendly. She has a great sense of humor. She is collaborative and easy to work with. Angie has been a Parent Support Provider for the California Newborn Hearing Screening Programís Southern California Hearing Coordination Center. In this role, she speaks with and supports parents throughout the process of hearing screening and evaluation. She answers their questions, and connects them with resources Because she is a parent who has been through the same process, she is able to answer their questions honestly and with sensitivity. Once a baby is identified as Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Angie stays in contact with the parents and with the California Department of Education, to ensure that the child and family are enrolled in an appropriate early start program. Angie was also a participant on the California Department of Educationís Parent Resource Guide Committee.