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Dr. Hochman Announces Winners of 19th Annual Education Grants


Posted Date: 01/18/2021

Dr. Hochman Announces Winners of 19th Annual Education Grants

In an effort to enhance the public education of Laredoans, Dr. Michael A. Hochman, the local retina surgeon, and ophthalmologist, has endowed monies to fund The 19th Annual Rochelle and Sidney Hochman Educational Support Grant, available for local public-school teachers in both the Laredo Independent School District and the United Independent School District.

The United ISD winners for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:

Elizabeth Grace De Luna          United South High                                       

Annette Gonzalez-Avila             Colonel Santos Elementary             

Alessandra Ivette Sandoval       Newman Elementary                                   

Graciela Ramirez-Herndon        Matias de Llano Elementary                       

Maderlin D. Guerra                    United South High                                       

Lisa P. Alaniz                             Bonnie Garcia Elementary              

Tatiana Gonzalez, et. al.            San Isidro Elementary                                 

Alicia Cristina Solis                    Bonnie Garcia Elementary              

Sonia Renee Alvarado              Cuellar Elementary                                      

Liz Adriana Garcia                     Fasken Elementary                                      

Zulema Solis                              Nye Elementary                                           

Erika E. Rojas                            Clark Elementary                                         

Alicia E. Morales                        United High                                                  

Jessica Ontiveros                       Los Obispos Middle

A total of $5,000 in grants were awarded to United ISD teachers this school year. The endowment is designed to benefit the learning experience of Laredo students by providing teachers with an additional resource for classroom needs essential to the learning process. 

In the first 18 years of the charitable grant, approximately 850 teachers were awarded grants in amounts varying from $100-$500, dependent upon individual classroom needs.  The competitive grants are given to support Laredo public school classrooms in the form of supplies, equipment, and other supplementary teaching materials

Dr. Hochman is a medical doctor specializing in diabetic and retinal eye disease and cataract surgery in Laredo. He relocated from Boston to Laredo 22 years ago.  Education has been an essential part of Dr. Hochman’s life, and he welcomes the opportunity to help others. 

According to Dr. Hochman, “I established the grant many years ago because I wanted to help the local public schools. I, myself, was a product of public schooling, which of course played an integral role in my academic, professional, and personal success.  I know that local funding is tight, so I’d like to do my part to help Laredo students get the best education possible.  The children of our community represent our future and helping them receive the quality education they deserve creates a strong foundation for the continued success of Laredo.  Since my mother was a public-school teacher, and my sister teaches as well, the importance of helping children in our community receive a great public education is not lost on me.”

                 

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