Echo Park Patch users have selected Luis Ochoa, the principal at Logan Street Elementary School, their 2011 Person of the Year.
Ochoa worked with community members and parents to initiate a dual-language instruction track that is now being explored by other local schools including Micheltorena.
UTLA activist and educator Cheryl Ortega nominated Ochoa. Here is her statement:
He arrived at Logan three years ago in the wake of dismal morale. He has rallied parents, students and teachers. Mr. Ochoa faces daily challenges in dealing with two schools on a single campus. He is admired and respected by the Logan family for always going to bat for them.
Echo Park Timebank co-founder Autumn Rooney was also a strong contender for the award, garnering about 37 percent of the vote.
Ochoa will receive his award this Friday at a Logan Parents Committee meeting at 8:30 a.m.
He will also be honored at the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council meeting on Jan. 24.
Look back here for a profile of Ochoa.