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Cherish Center

Laura Salinas

Laura Salinas


(956) 473-1772


8800 McPherson Rd. Laredo, Texas 78045

The United Independent School District Cherish Center is a renovated 21,000 square–foot facility serving special needs students from the District’s four high schools.  The Center offers two specialized programs.  One is designed to help our students with life after graduation through an alternative vocational/career curriculum.  This includes hands–on training in the following areas:

• Business Media

• Commercial Food Service

• Hotel Hospitality

• Horticulture

• Retail Merchandising

A separate program for severely disabled students will offer them an alternative to homebound services or placement far away from home.  The specialized units include:

• MLC (Motivational Learning Center)

• SLC (Structural Learning Center)

• Medical Fragile

The Center will advance the goal of the District’s Special Education Program to provide education and training to all special needs students so that they have the opportunity to live more independent, successful and fulfilling lives.


Name Position Email Phone
Lucy Gutierrez Lead Teacher (956) 473-1778
Blanca C. Almaraz Teacher, Retail Merchandise (956) 473-1787
Maria C. Arriaga Teacher Aide, Retail Merchandise  
Sanjuanita M. Avalos Teacher, Business Media (956) 473-1779
Geraldine E. Botello Teacher, Hotel Hospitality (956) 473-1773
Abraham R. De la Garza Teacher, Horticulture (956) 473-1780
Carlos Carranco Teacher, Culinary Arts (956) 473-1782
Edwina Garcia Teacher Aide, Business Media  
Monica N. Gonzalez Teacher, SLC (956) 473-1784
Steve Gonzales Teacher Aide, SLC  
Cynthia Guevara Teacher Aide, Hotel Hospitality  
Iris Y. Martinez Teacher Aide, SLC  
Jesus Diaz Teacher, Medical Fragile (956) 473-1781
Maria G. Salas Teacher Aide  
Martin Santa Cruz Teacher Aide, Horticulture  
Diana Barrios Office Clerk (956) 473-1770
Angie Garza, R.N. Nurse (956) 473-1775
Diana Del Angel Teacher Aide  

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