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Perez shines bright as a "Celebration of Leadership" award winner

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) announces the recognition of Lillian Perez, Director of Expanded Learning, who has been honored with the Celebration of Leadership Award by the California Department of Education (CDE). This distinguished award underscores Perez's commitment and innovative leadership in advancing after-school educational opportunities for the students of Fallbrook.

Under her guidance, FUESD has experienced a transformative shift in its approach to after-school programs, emphasizing collaboration, community engagement, and the nurturing of positive relationships between district staff and community-based partners.

Monika Hazel, superintendent of FUESD, expressed her deep pride in Perez's achievements, saying, "Lillian Perez's work in reimagining our Expanded Learning Opportunities in Fallbrook has been truly exceptional. Her leadership has brought our district and community partners closer together, creating a collaborative and supportive environment to serve our students and families. Lillian's efforts have improved the culture and attendance of our after-school programs, ensuring our students have access to outstanding opportunities."

Perez, in response to receiving the award, said, "I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this recognition from the California Department of Education. This award is a testament to the incredible collaborative efforts of our district staff, CBOs, and the dedication of the entire Fallbrook community. Together, we have created a supportive and enriching environment for our students. I am inspired to continue our work, striving to provide even more extraordinary opportunities for our young learners."

Her recognition as the recipient of the Celebration Leadership Award by the CDE underscores her inspiring impact in the field of after-school education, Hazel said, "FUESD commends Lillian Perez for her remarkable contributions and eagerly anticipates her continued leadership in creating extraordinary opportunities for our students."

Submitted by Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.


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