Durfee School teacher Cynthia Diaz helped launch El Monte City School District’s robotics program in January, and the results have been exceptional, with 80 students from El Monte City’s GATE program currently enrolled, and plans to double the number of teams in the next year. Diaz, El Monte City’s lead GATE teacher, discusses the robotics program, and is joined by Durfee School seventh-grader Oscar Vasquez.

Van Wig Elementary School Principal Andrew Candelaria learned to play drums at an early age and has long recognized the value of using music as a teaching aid. In September, Candelaria started an after school drum class, and he discusses the positive effects on his Bassett Unified students, along with the expanding role of computers in the classroom, PBIS, and his desire to give back to the local community.

1 Durfee School
2 Van Wig Elementary School