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Do you remember your favorite teacher or coach?
For many SRLA students, they need not look further than their SRLA Leader to find their favorite.
Here’s how our students describe the impact of their SRLA Leaders:
Eladio at Gertz-Ressler Complex: “One way SRLA has helped me has been through giving me amazing coaches like Mrs. Edmond and Mr. Jimenez. Mr. Jimenez is such a goal-oriented and hard working man. He is someone you can really learn valuable life lessons from. Mrs. Edmond has a motherly instinct to push you to your best and support you. They both started my first SRLA practice with a mile run and I was dying the whole time. Slowly, and surly every day and week that passed, our mileage went up and we eventually reached twenty-something miles. This taught me that in order to accomplish my goals in life, I need to start small and then build from the ground up. Due to Mrs. Edmond’s and Mr. Jimenez’s leadership at the Gertz-Merkin Complex, I was able to meet my goals and for that I will be forever grateful to Students Run LA.”
Melissa at Elizabeth Learning Center: “I owe so much of my success to my coaches and team. They truly believe in my full potential and what I can conquer with it. They inspire me to keep striving for good. My coaches aren’t just amazing coaches but amazing educators and I hope to one day be half the person they are… They’ve helped facilitate my transition to college and adulthood…”
Tommy at Chatsworth High School: “Being part of SRLA has taught me about the significance of perseverance and how scarce time is. Being an AP student, it is necessary for me to allow a large portion of my free time for studying and for work, but the long practices that Mrs. Hoch, our leader, gives us has demonstrated to me that I must balance all my activities and time. Mrs. Hoch has always praised me for my perseverance in attending practices despite my AP classes, but I wonder if she knows that it was my perseverance in SRLA that impacted my perseverance in academics and AP courses.”
Noah at Lawndale High School: “My coach, Mr. Renteria, was a wonderful mentor for me. He would talk to me about running techniques, college, psychology, and life situations. I learned a lot from him.”
Mario at Bell High School: “Throughout the SRLA season, I look forward to school every day and my passion for attending a 4 year university increased. My marathon leader, Gabriel Sanchez, had a huge influence when I decided on my major. I have chosen the computer science major and, with it, I hope to innovate the world.”
Marisol at Sun Valley High School: “Every single person I met in SRLA is a teacher to me. My coaches are some of the people that I look up to.”