San Gabriel, CA — Michael A. Cervantes is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Lifetime Achiever for his dedication to the Education field and in acknowledgment of his many years of outstanding service to the El Rancho Unified School District.
A seasoned educator with nearly 40 years of experience in his field, Michael Cervantes most recently served as a second-grade teacher for the El Rancho Unified School District, in Pico Rivera, Calif., from 2005 until his retirement in 2010.
In pursuit of his teaching career, Mr. Cervantes obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State College in 1971. He subsequently earned a Master of Arts in Education in 1978 and another Master of Arts in Chicano Studies in 1985, also from California State. He is a certified elementary teacher and bilingual specialist in the State of California.
Mr. Cervantes began his teaching career with El Rancho Unified School District in 1979. During his tenure, he taught kindergarten through fifth grades. He was also chairman of the school district and a teacher of Spanish as a second language through the Gifted and Talented Education Program.
During his tenure, Mr. Cervantes also served the school district as chairman of the language arts component, secretary for school-wide effectiveness, chairman of the essay, literacy and leadership committees, and non-union representative of the Phase II Budget Committee. He additionally served as principal judge of the computer competition at South Ranchito Elementary School from 1985 to 1992.
Following his retirement, Mr. Cervantes has continued his valuable service to the El Rancho Unified School District, remaining as a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force, on which he has served since 1991. He additionally serves as vice president and member of the negotiation team for elementary issues for the El Rancho Federation of Teachers, as well as a member of the alumni association scholarship committee of California State University, Los Angeles.
In recognition of his professional achievements, Mr. Cervantes received the San Gabriel Mission High School Alumni Recognition Award in 2019. He was recognized by the Chicano/Latino Department’s spring 2019 newsletter under their Alumni Profile. He is also incredibly proud of developing the bilingual/bi-cultural program for the El Rancho Unified School District, where he worked with young students who were learning English as a second language.
On a personal note, Mr. Cervantes wishes to dedicate this honorable recognition to his parents, John and Bertha Cervantes, and his mentor, Dr. Roberto Cantu.