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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:25 am | Updated: 12:14 pm, Mon Mar 31, 2014.

Mitzi Montoya is the keynote speaker for the Sí Se Puede Foundation’s 14th Annual Educators Awards Recognition Dinner.

Montoya is ASU's vice president and university dean of entrepreneurship and innovation. She leads the development of a new model for higher education that makes hands-on, real-world projects with industry and community partnerships the focus of a student’s education.

The educator awards dinner honors Chandler educators and benefits the Sí Se Puede Foundation, which provides community programs to strengthen communities, families, and children. The organization is known for its emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs and education.

“We are honored to have Dr. Montoya as our keynote speaker,” said Alberto Esparza, Sí Se Puede Foundation president and CEO. “She is a strong advocate for education, and we believe that STEM education is key to our children’s future.”

The Sí Se Puede Foundation recognition dinner will be April 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crown Plaza San Marcos Resort in downtown Chandler.

Those who will be honored include: Frank Narducci, assistant superintendent, Chandler Unified School District; Jean Shoeman, professor, Chandler-Gilbert Community College; Yvette Rosales, teacher, Hartford Elementary School; Norma Meza, teacher, Galveston Elementary School; Kim Bratcher, teacher, Galveston Elementary School; Ascencion Alexander, psychologist, San Marcos and Galveston Elementary School; Kathy Mejia, teacher, San Tan Junior High; Lourdes Galindo, teacher, Frye Elementary School; Vidal Mejia, teacher and wrestling coach, Chandler High School.

The Si Se Puede Foundation is a prevention and advocacy organization that encourages its participants to be stakeholders in their community. The organization’s three main service components include educational programming, community activities and advocacy, and recreational activities for youth. The organization focuses on school and community risk factors that are barriers to educational achievement including, delinquency, gang affiliation and family/school/community detachment.

Tickets are $50 for individuals and are available by calling (480) 310-2018.

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