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Students Inspirations

Jacqueline Montes - Adult Secondary Education Program

Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education (BPACE) student Jacqueline Montes is registered in our Adult Secondary Education program working toward receiving her high school diploma.   We all can relate to working from home, home schooling our children, trying to find new and inventive ways of keeping our children entertained and dealing with all of the daily stresses in this uncertain time.  Jacqueline works from home, continues to care for her family and completes her assignments to earn her credits towards graduation without complaint.


Jacqueline’s instructor Mark Steimle stated, “Jacqueline works very hard to support her family while working hard on her schoolwork so she can achieve her goal of getting her high school diploma, she really inspires me!”

Cindi Cortes - Adult Basic Education Program

When the pandemic hit it looked like graduation would have to remain a dream for Cindi Cortes.  Her children, who are enrolled in the Baldwin Park Unified School District were suddenly at home and using Chromebooks to continue with their own studies during the day.  During this time Cindi could not attend BPACE classes and didn’t have the books to finish the math course she needed to graduate; but though hard work and perseverance, Cindi worked late into the night, but never gave up her dream of graduating.  She met with her teacher during designated hours, used online materials to prepare for her tests and she was able to complete her math class.   Congratulations Cindi Cortes, BPACE 2020 Graduate!

Angeles Padilla – English As A Second Language Program

Angeles Padilla is a student in our English As A Second Language (ESL) program; Angeles attends classes daily in the morning and afternoon, works diligently to complete her daily assignments and homework and is highly motivated to advance in the ESL program here at BPACE.


Angeles is described as kind, caring, patient and has eternal optimism towards her classmates and has inspired them to believe in themselves and has motivated them to keep learning; she has been a wonderful role model for her classmates and for her children.


Kim Hoang Do – English As A Second Language Program

Kim Hoang Do is a proud family man who works long hours and attends school in order to provide a better life for his family and to set a good example for his children. 


Kim Hoang enthusiastically attends two online classes daily, works hard to complete his homework assignments and faces each day with optimism and excitement.  Kim Hoang's perpetual smile and his laughter are contagious, and his classmates enjoy his positive attitude and friendliness. His instructor, Jennifer Martin, says that she is inspired by his diligence and determination.  Kim Hoang is a highly motivated student and has made tremendous progress in a very short time.