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A problem-solver for families is honored
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A problem-solver for families is honored

Wimauma, FL -- Marcela Estevez, Parent Liaison for RCMA Wimauma Academy, has received the Hillsborough County School District Parent Involvement Award for charter schools.

Estevez is a versatile problem-solver assigned to help the students’ families, many of whom are migrant farmworkers. The award recognizes Estevez for her outstanding contributions to parent and family involvement.

“Marcela is the heart and soul of our school,” Principal Mark Haggett said. “She is always available to discuss family matters that may affect student performance and attitude in the classroom.

Marcela accompanies parents to appointments that may require a translator.

“She speaks Spanish to them, respecting the culture that is the fabric of our school. So it’s no surprise that parents are willing to volunteer their time as a way to give back for all that she gives to them."

Estevez said she was surprised and proud to receive the award, given Thursday, May 12 by the Hillsborough County School District. She considers it an award for the school.

“The award was not given only to me,” she said, “but to our wonderful children and their parents and to our caring and dedicated staff and teachers.”

RCMA Wimauma Academy
is an A-rated charter school serving migrant and low-income families in the Wimauma, Ruskin and Balm areas.  The school supports grades K-5 and has plans to expand to include a middle school.

It is part of the nonprofit Redlands Christian Migrant Association, based in Immokalee, which operates 80 childcare centers and two charter schools.

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