Teacher Ken LaVigne Honored with Patriot Award



(La Serna teacher Ken LaVigne, kneeling, was recently given the Patriot Award to honor his dedication to students. Behind him are colleagues, family, and former students.)

La Serna High English teacher Ken La Vigne was honored last week with the 18th Annual Patriot Award by a Whittier community group for his work with under-performing students on campus. LaVigne established a unique program that connects student mentors with struggling students in a classroom where those students are encouraged to succeed and recognized for their achievements. Students in the program have brought up their grade point averages and some have become mentors to younger students.

At the award ceremony, former Whittier Union High School Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson was the keynote speaker and presented La Vigne with his award.

La Vigne is the author of an autobiographical book, Coach the Soul, which describes how struggling athletes and students can be helped through encouragement and support from others.